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With the vast improvements in technology over the years, filmmakers have a wealth of sources at their disposal to make movies entertaining. Seeking a large pay day, many directors rely on over-the-top CGI effects and computer design to draw butts into the seats of the local movie theater.
Hot leading actress who at some point takes off her clothes? Check. Ridiculous car chase scene in the middle of a heavily populated metropolitan area? Check. Fierce trigger showdowns where the good guy comes out on top? Check. Adhere to the list above, and you’ve got yourself a movie.
But it is the hallmark of a truly talented filmmaker who can take a mundane subject and transform it into a captivating film. Take Thank You For Smoking for instance. A film about political lobbying is not something most people think of when they are scrolling through Netflix pondering what movie to watch next, »
- Kellan Miller
This article contains spoilers for ‘Labor Day.’ Proceed with caution unless you have already taken in all of the nonsense it has to offer, or if you are for some other reason free of spoiler-fear. Seeing as I watched director Jason Reitman’s new film, Labor Day, after it was already a few days into its release, I figured that since I hadn’t heard much about it, chances were that it was just an ordinary movie. I mean, I’d heard some rumbling about how it was surprisingly bad, but given how much people have liked Reitman’s movies (Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up In the Air, Young Adult) up until this point, it made sense that he was probably due to make something that would disappoint. And yeah, the trailer looked pretty hokey, but who can’t go in for a sappy love story every once in a while? It »
- Nathan Adams
Since first making a splash with his feature directorial debut "Thank You For Smoking," filmmaker Jason Reitman has been on a roll with critics and awards voters, garnering a steady stream of acclaim for his follow-up films "Juno," "Up in the Air" and "Young Adult." It seemed like his good fortune was going to continue when it was announced his latest, "Labor Day," was selected to premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, where Oscar hopefuls screen before making their way to the Toronto International Film Festival. Yet despite some positive early reviews (including one from Indiewire's own Eric Kohn), Paramount decided to move its wide release from Christmas Day to the doldrums of January, and the majority of reviews that followed were less than kind (go here for Criticwire's roundup of nasty takedowns). Did Reitman make a major misstep with his first earnest drama? We'll let you be the judge »
- Nigel M Smith
Over Super Bowl weekend, newcomers That Awkward Moment and Labor Day failed to generate much enthusiasm. As a result, buddy comedy Ride Along cruised in to first place for the third-straight week.For the three-day weekend, the Top 12 earned $70.9 million. While that's a slight improvement over this same weekend last year, it's still a poor way to kick off the month of February.Ride Along fell 44 percent to $12.04 million. It's now earned $92.7 million, which puts it ahead of star Kevin Hart's Think Like a Man ($91.5 million).Other recent movies that held first place for three-straight weeks include Gravity and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.Disney Animation blockbuster Frozen added $8.9 million, which was off two percent from last weekend. The great hold can be attributed to the addition of the Sing-Along version of the movie, which accounted for roughly $2.2 million. Frozen's $8.9 million 10th weekend ranks fourth all-time behind Titanic, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Title: Labor Day Director: Jason Reitman Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, Brooke Smith, James Van Der Beek, Maika Monroe, Alexie Gilmore Four times Academy Award nominee, Jason Reitman, after having portrayed delightfully poignant and irreverent stories, such as ‘Thank You For Smoking,’ ‘Juno,’ ‘Up in the Air’ and Young Adult,’ delivers an intensely suave adaptation of the novel ‘Labor Day’ by Joyce Maynard. It is the very Labor Day weekend that is bound to mark the lives of Adele (Kate Winslet) – a divorced, single mother who rarely ventures further than her house – and her judicious thirteen year old son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith/Tobey [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. It is perhaps a bit odd to celebrate the early work of Jason Reitman on the opening weekend of his first critical failure. Labor Day is not only the Canadian director’s first “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s also his first feature to even drop below 80%. Frankly, given the way the film has been kicked about the calendar since its Toronto International Film Festival debut, it seems as if the various people involved would prefer that we not talk about it at all. And so we won’t! (I haven’t seen it yet, anyway.) Instead let’s take a look back at Reitman’s early shorts and program a half-hour film festival brimming with nostalgia for the early 2000s. He directed six of these before his first feature »
- Daniel Walber
“Labor Day” represents a rare misstep for director Jason Reitman — at least when it comes to critical response. The director, who has received near-unanimous praise for every film he’s made since “Thank You for Smoking” arrived in 2005, failed to impress the critics with his latest film starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. The coming-of-age drama, an adaptation of author Joyce Maynard’s novel of the same name, has been declared “Rotten” on critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes after just 35 percent of 113 reviews were favorable. To make matters worse for the Paramount Pictures release, it appears “That Awkward Moment” — »
- Greg Gilman
No actress of modern times has subjected matrimony to more vigorous onscreen interrogation than Kate Winslet. What began in a fit of melodrama, with Winslet threatening to throw herself from the aft of the Titanic rather than face loveless marriage to caddish Billy Zane, has turned into a series of fine-grained portraits – in Little Children, Revolutionary Road, Mildred Pierce – of suburban drudges, marooned in their marriages, doomed by their intelligence, staring at the dust motes.
Her happy marriage to Alan Rickman at end of Sense & Sensibility is beginning to look like the joker in the pack. Winslet's early performances fizzed like firecrackers, giddy with their own freedom, but now she dulls her own innate brightness to play American Madame Bovaries. Then she sets something loose in their »
- Tom Shone
Written and directed by Jason Reitman
It’s all too fitting that, at one point midway through Labor Day, two of the lead characters are sitting in front of a TV, watching a network broadcast of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. This film’s writer-director, Jason Reitman, no doubt has been inspired throughout his career by Spielberg, as so many younger directors have been. But more importantly, the alien behavior that so inflames the imagination of the characters populating Close Encounters is analogous to the completely outlandish and illogical behavior exhibited throughout Labor Day, a mawkish and painfully sincere melodrama that’s mere inches away from being an outright parody of the Nicholas Sparks subgenre of recent years.
- Josh Spiegel
I can’t remember the last time I saw a romantic drama as odd and melancholy as this. I always enjoy watching Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, and I’ve been a great admirer of Jason Reitman’s work as writer and director (Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air). But Labor Day, which he adapted from Joyce Maynard’s novel, is a curiously unsatisfying movie.The story is told through the eyes of an impressionable 13-year-old boy (Gattlin Griffith), whose father has walked out and remarried, leaving him to contend with a mother (Winslet) who is emotionally fragile and barely able to leave the house. The story takes place in a quiet New Hampshire town in 1987, where the peaceful...
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- Leonard Maltin
Director Jason Reitman broke through in the business with an impressive trio of sharply written stories about colourful, independent characters – Thank You for Smoking, Juno and Up in the Air. Although these first features will ensure Reitman keeps a good batting average as he moves forward, the director is starting to scale back into less inspired choices. Case in point: Labor Day, a dopey and implausible drama about a woman’s Stockholm syndrome that is one third intimate Alice Munro and two thirds a Nicholas Sparks treacle.
It is perplexing to think about what Reitman saw in Joyce Maynard’s best-selling piece of domestic sap, or what Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin found on his page that drew them into these incompletely drawn characters. Although Labor Day is made with skill and performed with full-bodied conviction, the film features one of the strangest big-screen romances in recent memory, one overwrought »
- Jordan Adler
Based on Joyce Maynard's coming-of-age novel and set in small-town New England in the late 1980s, the film stars Josh Brolin as Frank, an escaped convict who convinces a reclusive single mother (Kate Winslet) and her young son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) to let him hide out in their house. What's originally only supposed to be a few hours turns into an entire long weekend, as Frank becomes the stand-in man of the house both mother and son had been missing, fixing loose floorboards, teaching Henry how to play baseball, and yes, bake a peach pie.
Following the movie's premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival, Reitman, Brolin and Griffith held a press conference to discuss their new film. »
- Rick Mele
Nothing that writer-director Jason Reitman has done up until now could have prepared viewers for Labor Day. Between his political and economic critiques Thank You for Smoking and Up in the Air, and his kooky collaborations with writer Diablo Cody, Juno and Young Adult—all original screenplays, by the way—a classic melodrama in the vein of Douglas Sirk based on a literary romance by Joyce Maynard seems an unlikely entry in his oeuvre. Yet here it is, complete with a pie-making scene inspired by the pottery tutorial in Ghost. »
If you’re a fan of smaller dramas, you have a good reason to be excited here. The forces behind recent gems like The Descendants and Up In The Air are teaming up. And no, George Clooney will not be involved (at least as of now). The writer of the book that The Descendants was based on, Kaui Hart Hemmings, has had her next novel optioned by Jason Reitman (Up In The Air, Juno, Thank You For Smoking), to be turned into a feature film.
The book, entitled The Possibilities, is about a grieving mother that recently lost her son. As she struggles to cope with her loss, she’s visited by a girl with a life-changing secret. The setting is a Colorado ski town.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
After making a name for himself in the dark dramas of American writer/director Neil Labute, actor Aaron Eckhart broke out with the role of Julie Robert's biker boyfriend in Erin Brockovich. Since then he has clinched key roles - from Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight to Nick Naylor in Thank You For Smoking - in a whole range of major movies. His latest incarnation is a vengeful monster in the sci-fi fantasy I, Frankenstein. »
Quick, somebody check Jason Reitman's house to see if the real man has been turned into dust by a body snatcher. Though his name's on the poster, it's impossible to believe that the sardonic boy wonder of Juno, Thank You for Smoking, and Young Adult would direct this stilted romance between a divorcée and a dreamboat escaped convict. Labor Day is so self-conscious and phony, it must be the work of a pod person. Humans, film lovers, and fans of Reitman's till-now-flawless filmography: We've gotta fight back.
When you have the chance to film the next novel from Kaui Hart Hemmings – whose book The Descendants powered director Alexander Payne and co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2012 – you want someone who knows their way around adaptations. Fortunately, Indian Paintbrush has acquired the services of Jason Reitmn for The Possibilities.The writer-director, who made Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up In The Air and Young Adult, has snapped up the rights to Hemmings’ new tome, which is arriving in bookstores (assuming there are any left) on May 13.Swapping the balmy shores of Hawaii for a frosty Colorado ski town, The Possibilities finds a grieving mother trying to overcome her son’s death. She finds solace and support – not to mention a deep secret – in a girl who comes to visit. The experience will change them both, we're told. Reitman is attached to direct, »
ComingSoon.net has been talking to second-generation filmmaker Jason Reitman for many years, going back to his very first movie, an adaptation of Christopher Buckley's Thank You for Smoking that quickly got him out from under the shadow of his famous filmmaking father. Reitman jumped right from that into his first teaming with Diablo Cody for Juno , then continued his run of successful adaptations with Up in the Air , starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. Ever since then, Reitman has bounced between adapting novels for his own films and working closely with Cody, directing her script Young Adult as well as producing the horror film Jennifer's Body , but it's always something special when he goes back to one of his adaptations. Following suit, Reitman »
A gooey nostalgic look back at that time a young boy’s mom fell in love with their kidnapper, presented under a sexy sweltering summer haze. I’m “biast” (pro): love Reitman, Brolin, and Winslet
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Ladies! Single? Lonely? Starved for human touch? Why not get yourself kidnapped and held hostage by an escaped convict? Guaranteed relationship starter!
I kinda couldn’t believe this is where Labor Day goes. I’m kinda dumbfounded it does so without the teensiest sense of irony or even a hint of awareness that this could be problematic. Stockholm syndrome as actually, genuinely, for-reals romantic? Are they kidding us?
They are not kidding us.
I… I can’t even.
It’s Labor Day weekend in 1987, and single mom — and very likely clinically depressed »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Los Angeles, Jan 18: Actor Aaron Eckhart, who will be seen as monster Adam in "I, Frankenstein", has expressed a desire to retire from acting and lead the life of a mountain man.
"I am wanting to quit the business, I figured well you have seen enough of me for a while," he said on a talk show, according to a statement.
"I would like to go up to my Ranch and see if I could live up there permanently you know, be a mountain man; chop wood and live with my mother," he added.
His new movie "I, Frankenstein" will release in the. »
- Amith Ostwal
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