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Second Opinion – Life of Crime (2013)

6 September 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Life of Crime, 2013.

Directed by Daniel Schechter.

Starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, Mos Def, Isla Fisher and Will Forte.

Synopsis:

Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.

Life of Crime, based on one of legendary author Elmore Leonard’s great collection of novels, ‘The Switch’ reminds us of that period in the 90s when adaptations of his work were effortlessly hip and cool. Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Jackie Brown, made by three very talented directors each with a style of their own opened up Leonard’s work to a whole new generation; Life of Crime also reminds us of the gulf in class between those films and this.

The story begins promisingly, like a cool version of Ruthless People (yes, I »

- Gary Collinson

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Win The Longest Week on DVD

5 September 2014 12:48 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of The Longest Week on 1st September, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses, The Switch), Olivia Wilde (Rush, Tron: Legacy) and Billy Crudup (Eat Pray Love, Watchmen) star in the fresh new romantic comedy The Longest Week.

Millionaire playboy Conrad (Bateman), has been cut off from his parents’ fortune after a life of leisure spent living in a hotel. Now in his 30s, he suddenly finds himself penniless, homeless and jobless (not that he’s ever had a job) and has to move in with his best friend Dylan (Crudup).

A chance encounter on a subway leads him to meet the enigmatic and beautiful Beatrice Fairbanks (Wilde). She’s absolutely everything he’s ever dreamed of – but for one small problem… she’s already going out with his Dylan! Will Conrad get his girl or will he grow up? »

- Competitions

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Will Forte Talks Life Of Crime, How The Brothers Solomon Got Him the Job, Last Man On Earth, the MacGruber Sequel, and More

3 September 2014 11:11 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Life of Crime, Daniel Schecter’s adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch, is now playing on VOD and in theaters.  The film features younger versions of the Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson characters from another Leonard adaptation, Jackie Brown, with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) filling the roles this time around.  The story features Hawkes and Bey kidnapping the trophy wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a wealthy man (Tim Robbins) only to find out he doesn’t actually want her back.  The film also stars Mark Boone JuniorIsla FisherWill Forte.  Life of Crime is loaded with juicy characters and great dialogue, and it’s definitely worth checking out.  For more on the movie, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day for the film I landed an exclusive video interview with Will Forte.  He talked about making Life of Crime, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Film Review: 'Life of Crime'

3 September 2014 10:33 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆Adapted from crime author Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch, Daniel Schechter's Life of Crime (2013) is a polyester clad, bell-bottom sporting time capsule of seventies kitsch. An intelligently plotted crime caper starring Jennifer Aniston, rapper Mos Def and John Hawkes - as well as a glitzy supporting cast that includes Isla Fisher, Nebraska's Will Forte and Tim Robbins - Schechter's latest marks its arrival with a fanfare of style and sass, but lacks the necessary bite to leave a lasting impression. Mickey (Aniston) is the trophy wife of corrupt real estate developer Frank Dawson (Robbins). Her position in high society makes her the perfect mark for aspiring kidnappers Ordell (Def) and Louis (Hawkes).

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- CineVue UK

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Jason Bateman talks Tiff'sThis Is Where I Leave You

3 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Ah, family. It’s the cement of civilization, the source of many people’s most reliable love, and the folks who have to take you in when no one else will.

And if families weren’t so serioulsy screwed up, Jason Bateman might not have a career.

The actor, who got his start as a child on such family-oriented series as "Little House on the Prairie," "Silver Spoons" and "Valerie," owes much of his adult success to playing Michael Bluth on the hit TV series "Arrested Development."  Bluth was one of the “sane, conservative, everyman, straight men that I always play,” says the 45-year-old actor. Often those straight men of his exist within a family of lunatics.

Since "Arrested Development," Bateman has played similar roles in films as diverse as Hancock, Juno, Couples Retreat, The Change-Up, The Switch and even the slapsticky Identity Thief, all of which placed him in some family-related, »

- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine

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John Hawkes Talks Life Of Crime, His Preparation Process, Elmore Leonard, Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest, and More

2 September 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Life of Crime, Daniel Schecter’s adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch, is now playing on VOD and in theaters.  The film features younger versions of the Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson characters from another Leonard adaptation, Jackie Brown, with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) filling the roles this time around.  The story features Hawkes and Bey kidnapping the trophy wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a wealthy man (Tim Robbins) only to find out he doesn’t actually want her back.  The film also stars Mark Boone JuniorIsla FisherWill Forte.  Life of Crime is loaded with juicy characters and great dialogue, and it’s definitely worth checking out.  For more on the movie, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with John Hawkes.  He talked about making Life of Crime, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Movie Review – Life of Crime (2013)

2 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Life of Crime, 2013.

Directed by Daniel Schechter.

Starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, Mos Def, Isla Fisher andWill Forte.

Synopsis:

Just what do you do when you kidnap a man’s wife for a million dollars, only to find that he was about to divorce her anyway, and doesn’t want to pay the ransom?

Arriving in the UK on the 5th September without too much fanfare and even less hype, it would seem, is the latest offering from director Daniel Schechter (Supporting Characters, Goodbye Baby) who here adapts Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch, a wannabe comedy crime caper set in the late seventies, starring Jennifer Aniston as Mickey, the trophy wife of millionaire Frank Dawson (Robbins), who gets kidnapped in the same week as Frank disappears to visit his mistress (Fisher) for a few days, just as the divorce papers he is sending to his wife are »

- Steve Leadbetter

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Jennifer Aniston Talks Life Of Crime, Elmore Leonard, the Lack of Improv, the Way She Likes to Work, and More

31 August 2014 7:15 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Life of Crime, Daniel Schecter’s adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch, is now playing on VOD and in theaters.  The film features younger versions of the Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson characters from another Leonard adaptation, Jackie Brown, with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) filling the roles this time around.  The story features Hawkes and Bey kidnapping the trophy wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a wealthy man (Tim Robbins) only to find out he doesn’t actually want her back.  The film also stars Mark Boone JuniorIsla FisherWill Forte.  Life of Crime is loaded with juicy characters and great dialogue, and it's definitely worth checking out.  For more on the movie, read Matt's review or watch the trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Jennifer Aniston.  She talked about making Life of Crime, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Jennifer Aniston Interview, Life of Crime

30 August 2014 7:27 AM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

When a couple of inept ex-cons kidnap the wife of a wealthy real estate developer, their get-rich-quick scheme takes a sudden and surprisingly complicated detour in “Life of Crime,” a tale based on master storyteller Elmore Leonard’s novel, “The Switch.” Written and directed by Daniel Schechter and starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark […]

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- Sheila Roberts

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‘Life of Crime’ is a fun but lesser Elmore Leonard adaptation

29 August 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Life of Crime

Written for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter

USA, 2013

Elmore Leonard has one of the most distinctive voices in American film and television and while you may not recognize his name, you will surely recognize his work. His writing is pure cinema, so it should be no surprise that Leonard’s work served as inspiration for Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, and Justified. Life of Crime is based on Leonard’s novel The Switch, which is a lesser work, but the story still has the capacity for entertainment. In a slow week of new releases at the theatre, that’s more than enough.

Ordell Robbie (Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def) and Louis Gara (John Hawkes) get much more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer (Tim Robbins). As it turns out, Frank Dawson has no »

- Colin Biggs

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Jennifer Aniston, Like You've Never Seen Her Before, Talks Brutal Attack Scene in Life of Crime

29 August 2014 7:31 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Seeing Jennifer Aniston get physically attacked in her new movie Life of Crime isn't an easy thing to watch. Based on Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch and directed by Daniel Schechter, the dark comedy stars Aniston as a housewife who is kidnapped by a couple of a petty criminals (John Hawkes and Mos Def) for a $1 million ransom. Her shady real estate developer husband (Tim Robbins) refuses to pay up. In one of the darkest moments of the film, Aniston is assaulted by a bumbling neo-Nazi played by Sons of Anarchy's Mark Boone Junior. "If you're going to go there and sell it, you've gotta do it," Aniston told me Thursday at the Life of Crime premiere in Hollywood. "We were, of »

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Life Of Crime Review

28 August 2014 11:04 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Life of Crime opens today in limited release.] I’ve never read any of Elmore Leonard’s novels, and yes, I’m ashamed. But I know from the film adaptations of his crime novels that there’s a way to do them right and wrong. They have a confidence, a swagger, a sly wink, a braggadocio, and they’re smart. They have the talk for the walk, and some directors, most notably Quentin Tarantino with Jackie Brown (based off Leonard’s Rum Punch) and Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, are smart enough to bring that confidence to the screen. Those films make the uninitiated feel embarrassed that they haven’t joined the club. Even with Daniel Schechter’s cautious adaptation of Life of Crime (based on the novel The Switch) the audience can hear the author's voice. Schechter’s direction is serviceable enough to not get in the way, he wisely trust his strong cast, accents the comedy, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Will Forte, and Director Daniel Schechter Talk Life Of Crime, Their Chemistry Onscreen, Forte’s Giant Beard, and More

28 August 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Life of Crime is a wonderfully wicked tale filled with outrageously eccentric characters, sly comedy and surprising twists based on Elmore Leonard’s darkly funny novel, The Switch.  When a couple of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in this cool crime caper adapted for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter.  The film stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins and will be released in theaters and VOD on August 29th. At the film’s recent press day, Schechter, Aniston, Hawkes, and Forte talked about making a film set in the 70s, what appealed to Schechter about Leonard’s The Switch and made it perfect for adapting to the screen, the brilliance of Leonard’s dialogue, Aniston’s duo role as actor and executive »

- Sheila Roberts

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Life Of Crime – The Review

28 August 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A little over a year ago, the entertainment world mourned the passing of prolific author Elmore Leonard, a writer well-known in both literature and motion picture circles. His earliest works were in the Western genre and beginning in the late 1950′s many were filmed (his short story 3:10 To Yuma was made twice!). In the next decade Leonard switched genres and soon became known as one of the great creators of gritty crime thrillers. And Hollywood scooped these up for the screen, perhaps more so than the “oaters”. In the 90′s many celebrated young directors discovered his work and several critical (if not always box office) hits were released. 1998 saw Steven Soderbergh’s take on Out Of Sight following Quentin Tarantino’s spin on “Rum Punch” titled Jackie Brown the previous year. Both films even shared a Leonard character, Michael Keaton as Atf agent Ray Nicholette. This weekend sees a »

- Jim Batts

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'Life of Crime' Premiere: Jennifer Aniston Gushes About 'Kick-Ass' '70s Caper

28 August 2014 12:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

From Get Shorty to Jackie Brown, Elmore Leonard's books are no strangers to movie-star makeovers. His latest adapted tale for the silver screen, Life of Crime — helmed by writer-director and longtime Leonard fan Daniel Schechter — boasts an unexpected performance from Jennifer Aniston, supported by costars John Hawkes, Will Forte and Mark Boone Junior. The Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions film, which has its premiere at the ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday, is based on Leonard's 1978 novel The Switch and follows Aniston's character, Mickey, a housewife who is kidnapped and held for ransom from a wealthy husband who

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- Justin Krajeski

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Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte Talk Chemistry for ‘Life of Crime’s’ Dark Caper Roles

28 August 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After six years of bringing together the Elmore Leonard novel-turned-indie film, the cast and crew of “Life of Crime” arrived Wednesday night for its West Coast premiere at the ArcLight Hollywood.

Stars Jennifer Aniston and Will Forte displayed a strong sense of friendship on the carpet. Both largely known for their comedy, the pair tried out a new genre with “Life of Crime.”

“We had a ball together,” Aniston said. “We had some great rehearsals, great dinners and fun times.”

“Yeah, we broke it down,” Forte added.

“We broke some stuff down and then we laid it all down on some film,” the actress chuckled.

Will Forte, who was sporting a large beard, said the film utilizes a mixture of comedy, crime and love. “It’s a little bit of everything. It’s hard to put this movie in a box. It’s very much in the Elmore Leonard tone, »

- Jordyn Holman

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‘Life of Crime’ Review: We’ve Seen These Ruthless People Before

28 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ordell (Mos Def) and Louis (John Hawkes) have planned the perfect kidnapping. Their target is Mickey (Jennifer Aniston), wife to a sketchy businessman named Frank (Tim Robbins) who’s hiding a fortune in a secret bank account. The plan is simple. Kidnap Mickey, tell Frank to pay the ransom if he ever wants to see his wife again and then retire in style. But they never considered the possibility that Frank might not want his wife back. Chronology is a funny thing. The inclination will be (and has been if you check the IMDb page) to label Life of Crime a straight-up rip-off of 1986′s Ruthless People. In actuality though this is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard‘s 1978 novel, The Switch. Keep moving backward and you’ll find that all of these incarnations share an inspiration in O. Henry’s 1907 short story, “The Ransom of Red Chief.” The problem for this film then is how to stand »

- Rob Hunter

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Jennifer Aniston Stuns in Low-Cut Dress at Life Of Crime Premiere—and Justin Theroux Doesn't Look So Bad, Either

27 August 2014 9:04 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Not all crimes are bad. Just take a look at Jennifer Aniston earlier tonight at the premiere of her new movie, Life of Crime. She rocked the red carpet in a silvery, low-cut Saint Laurent minidress that showed off her famous legs (not to mention a healthy dose of cleavage), silver stiletto sandals and a black tuxedo-cut jacket. Her hubby-to-be Justin Theroux also made the scene, though he left the spotlight to his fiancée on her big night. He looked his usual sharp self in a black suit jacket and skinny tie. Life of Crime, based on Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch, stars Aniston as an unhappy housewife in the 1970s who is kidnapped by a couple of amateur crooks (John Hawks »

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Jennifer Aniston's New Movie Look: Who Inspired Her?

27 August 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For her role as a '70s-era socialite in the new caper Life of Crime, Jennifer Aniston sports big sunglasses, neckerchiefs and plenty of polyester. And the resulting look hit close to home. "I basically look like my mom," she said at a press conference for the film in Los Angeles on Tuesday. "I pulled out a lot of her old pictures and tried to rock the old Nancy Aniston 1970s look." The actress, 45, is also a producer on the crime caper, which costars Will Forte, John Hawkes and Tim Robbins and is based on Elmore Leonard's 1978 novel The Switch. »

- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber

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Jennifer Aniston's New Movie Look: Who Inspired Her?

27 August 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For her role as a '70s-era socialite in the new caper Life of Crime, Jennifer Aniston sports big sunglasses, neckerchiefs and plenty of polyester. And the resulting look hit close to home. "I basically look like my mom," she said at a press conference for the film in Los Angeles on Tuesday. "I pulled out a lot of her old pictures and tried to rock the old Nancy Aniston 1970s look." The actress, 45, is also a producer on the crime caper, which costars Will Forte, John Hawkes and Tim Robbins and is based on Elmore Leonard's 1978 novel The Switch. »

- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber

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