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If the formative years of John Krasinski’s acting career were defined by comedic, wholly light-hearted turns across The Office, Away We Go and It’s Complicated, thanks to the likes of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Amazon’s upcoming Jack Ryan series, we’re beginning to see the actor make a foray into the action genre across screens both big and small.
His latest, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will send Krasinski back in time – all the way back to the blistering hot summer of 1967 for Kathryn Bigelow’s as-yet-untitled Detroit Riots biopic.
Tackling the systemic racism of the time head on, Bigelow’s latest – one which heralds an exciting new collaboration with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty scribe Mark Boal – has spent the past few months assembling a who’s who of acting talent, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega, Will Poulter, »
- Michael Briers
If you think of one word when you think of the actor John Krasinski, it’s probably ‘adorable.’ He was deeply lovable in his breakout role in “The Office,” he’s been likable in big-screen film outings like “Away We Go,” “It’s Complicated and his own directorial outing “The Hollars,” and he’s decidedly swoonsome in his real-life romance with wife Emily Blunt.
- Oliver Lyttelton
Chicago – Any story involving family interactions is ripe for exploration, and John Krasinski (“The Office”) performs in and takes the director’s chair for the new film, “The Hollars.” This is his second directorial effort, looking at the somewhat dysfunctional title family during a medical crisis involving the mother (Margo Martindale).
John Krasinski is a well known affable guy, mostly for his role as Jim Halpert in the long-running sitcom “The Office.” He was born near Boston, and graduated from Brown University. He’s had a notable film career as well, with supporting roles in “License to Wed” (2007), “Leatherheads” (2008), “Away We Go” (2009), “Something Borrowed” (2011) and “Aloha” (2015). He broke his character mold this year in the Benghazi-inspired “13 Hours,” and now stars in and directs his second feature film, coming after “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” (2009). He also became part of an official Hollywood “It” couple, with his marriage to actress Emily Blunt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
“The Crime of Being Married.” So read the headline that accompanied photos of Richard Loving, a Southern “white trash” construction worker, and his African-American wife Mildred in the pages of Life magazine. One day — maybe today — audiences will sit down to watch Jeff Nichols’ “Loving,” which goes nearly the entire first reel before explaining that mixed-race marriages were illegal in the then-segregated Virginia of 1958, and they’ll be surprised to learn what the crime in question was, having already observed and accepted the on-screen couple without the blinders of racial prejudice.
It is from this position of relative enlightenment that Nichols approaches the true story of “the Loving couple,” a film of utmost sensitivity, but not nearly enough outrage, secure in its position vis-à-vis the bigotry that dominated before America’s Civil Rights revolution. Like the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case that identified marriage as an inherent human right, »
- Peter Debruge
Mendes’ rapport with the Lido dates back to 2002 when he was in the Venice competition with Tom Hanks-starrer “Road to Perdition,” which is the only one of his movies to launch from an international film festival.
Mendes broke out on the global film scene with his smash hit first feature “American Beauty,” followed by mob movie “Perdition,” war drama “Jarhead,” Kate Winslet-starrer “Revolutionary Road,” road comedy “Away We Go” and the two highly successful latest James Bond pictures, “Skyfall,” in 2012, and “Spectre” in 2015.
Mendes, whose career started in theatre, most recently directed the Olivier Award-nominated musical adaptation for the »
- Nick Vivarelli
A Hologram for a King
Director: Tom Tykwer
Writer: Tom Tykwer
Primarily known for his famed 1998 title Run, Lola Run, which shot actress Franka Potente into international stardom, German director Tom Tykwer’s been involved with a variety of international co-productions since, each seeming to find a minor cult following, such as Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), The International (2009), and most infamously, Cloud Atlas (2012), which he co-directed with Andy and Lana Wachowski (however, we were most impressed with his less discussed return to Germany with 2010’s well performed Three). Now, Tykwer’s adapated David Eggar’s (screenwriter for Away We Go and Where the Wild Things Are) novel, A Hologram for a King, a political allegory set in an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city. The comedy-drama tells the story of an American businessman who makes a last-ditch attempt to stave off bankruptcy and finally accomplish something big. He wants to »
- Nicholas Bell
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