4 items from 2014
R, 1 Hr., 47 Mins.
Who knew Émile Zola had so much in common with James M. Cain? In this wicked, The Postman Always Rings Twice-style riff on the 19th-century bodice ripper Thérèse Raquin, Elizabeth Olsen plays a sexually repressed wife who falls for a Parisian charmer (Oscar Isaac) and plots to murder her drip of a husband (Tom Felton). There’s never any doubt that this will end badly for the lovers. But just in case, Jessica Lange as the fire-breathing mother-in-law seals the deal. B —Chris Nashawaty
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Not Rated, »
- EW staff
Written and directed by Orson Welles
Michael O’Hara (Orson Welles) is an Irish émigré to the United States who earns his income as a sailor. Walking the streets of Manhattan one night, he comes across the carriage of one Elsa Bannister (Rita Hayworth), whose beauty and charm immediately catch his eye. After rescuing her from a group of thieves in Central Park, he offers to drive her home, during which time they grow fond of one another. Lo and behold, the next day, Mr. Bannister (Everett Sloane), a notorious criminal lawyer and her husband, makes an offer: come sail with them through the Americas on their way to San Francisco. O’Hara, clearly attracted to the man’s wife but trepidatious about potential complications, reluctantly accepts the offer. The trip and its aftermath in San Francisco prove unforgettable, with everyone’s disdain for Mr. »
- Edgar Chaput
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Cate Blanchett stars as Jasmine, a fancy New Yorker whose late husband was one of those finance scumbags who swindled people. Left high and dry, she heads to Sf to impose upon her sweet sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins), who's got her own problems to deal with.
Why We're In: This Woody Allen flick is getting rave reviews, nominations, and awards out the wazoo, so if you haven't seen it yet, get cracking.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
Why We're In: Because it's winter and you need a laugh, and because this Criterion edition is restored, extended, and spiffed up in all the right ways. »
- Jenni Miller
As a big fan of the noir genre, my ears perked up back in 2010 when it was announced that there was a film in the works called Better Living Through Chemistry. A story of illicit affairs, prescription drug abuse and murder, the movie sounds like a great dark, funny mystery a la The Postman Always Rings Twice, only it only sounds better when you learn that Sam Rockwell, Michelle Monaghan and Olivia Wilde play the three leads. The question that has persisted through the project's development, however, is when we would actually get to see the finished feature. Thanks to Samuel Goldwyn Films we now have an answer. Variety reports that the studio has officially picked up the United States distribution rights for Better Living Through Chemistry, and while it doesn't look like they've nailed down an official release date yet, they are targeting this spring. Filmmakers Geoff Moore and »
4 items from 2014
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