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Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans, watch the trailer for director Susanne Bier’s film Serena. The movie played at the London Film Festival in early October. Guy Lodge (Variety) says in his review the film is, “a compellingly problematic anti-romance.”
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George (Bradley Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Jennifer Lawrence), love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
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- Michelle McCue
“A society is defined not only by what it creates, but what it refuses to destroy.” Those familiar words, from American conservationist John C. Sawhill, open Lorenzo Sportiello’s solemnly intentioned debut feature — and they’re humbly appropriate ones for a sci-fi vision that repurposes more ideas than it invents. Set in a chaotically conglomerated Europe of the near future, where natural birth is outlawed and unsupportable citizens extradited, this soot-stained study of one pregnant couple’s survival struggle unfolds with a certain driving intensity, but is short on narrative or stylistic surprises. Economically shaped and resourcefully crafted, this English-language Italian production evidently has designs on international distribution; its commercial future may be as dim as its onscreen one, but it’s a decent calling card for its multi-hyphenate director.
If “Index Zero” is unlikely to attract a substantial following of its own, select viewers may come to regard it »
- Guy Lodge
ennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper show off their sizzling on-screen chemistry in a new trailer for their upcoming movie “Serena,” but it may not be enough to save the film from critics, who so far have massacred it. Based on a novel by Ron Rash, the film is about a Depression-era couple who carve out an empire in the North Carolina wilderness only to see it threatened with collapse. It also stars Rhys Ifans, Sean Harris, Toby Jones, Sam Reid and David Dencik. ...Read More »
Before there was Silver Linings Playbook, before there was America Hustle, there was Serena. The Susanne Bier-directed project was the first of three movies that Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence would film together. Unfortunately, the third installment in the Copper-Lawrence saga has not been faring as well as its predecessors. Read more 'Serena': London Review Serena is a romantic melodrama that follows two newlyweds (Cooper and Lawrence) in North Carolina in the 1920s as they attempt to build a timber empire. When the wife discovers that her husband has been keeping secrets from her about the business, it appears that
- Mia Galuppo
"...in the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920', 'George' and 'Serena Pemberton' are love-struck newly-weds, who begin to build a timber empire.
"Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness.
"With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning..."
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- Michael Stevens
Between 2011 and 2013, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper made three films together. Two of those, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, both from director David O. Russell, have already come and gone. But the last, Susanne Bier‘s Serena, is only now preparing for a theatrical bow. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, Serena stars […]
- Angie Han
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are reuniting for the long-delayed period piece "Serena" from director Susanne Bier ("After the Wedding," "Things We Lost in the Fire"). The film's newest trailer features the two stars all dolled up in sumptuous period duds for some romance, mystery and tragedy amid some breathtaking scenery captured by ace D.P. Morten Søborg (who's worked with Bier before, as well as Nicholas Winding Refn). Based on Ron Rash's novel, "Serena" takes place in Depression-racked North Carolina, where George Pemberton (Cooper) struggles to maintain his burgeoning timber empire, while his strong-willed young wife, Serena (Lawrence), may be taking their domestic -- and professional --partnership too far. Watch the new trailer here: Bier has reportedly been tinkering with the film since it wrapped principal photography in early 2012, and it had a tough time landing a distributor despite its A-list stars (it also stars Rhys Ifans, Sean Harris, »
- Dave Lewis
Following the international trailer that debuted last month, Magnolia Pictures has released two domestic trailers for Serena, the third feature collaboration of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper following Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
The story centers on Serena (Jennifer Lawrence) and George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper), who build their own timber empire from the ground up at the end of the 1920s. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man's life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George's hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton's passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
As Jennifer Lawrence fans gear up to see her in mighty warrior mode for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, how many of them are likely to fork out for Depression-era drama Serena? Well, those J-Law lovers across the pond in the UK failed to show their support for the actress’s gloomier period piece – it opened in 19th place this past weekend. The film’s U.S. distributor, Magnolia Pictures, have not yet given up hope though on the film acquiring an audience in America, as they’ve now dropped a new trailer to entice filmgoers.
In the movie, Silver Linings Playbook leads Lawrence and Bradley Cooper play newlyweds Serena and George Pemberton. With the honeymoon phase twinkle still in their eyes, the pair launch a successful timber business and everything’s rosy. However, when they discover she is unable to bear children, George strays outside of the marriage and everything falls apart. »
- Gem Seddon
Susanne Bier's Serena has had a long and tumultuous road to the big screen. It recently premiered at the London Film Festival to lackluster ratings and upon the announcement Magnolia would distribute the feature some bad word of mouth continued with one prospective buyer saying, "The film was so edited, it made no sense." Another called the performances "uneven, particularly Lawrence's descent into madness." A regular commenter here on RopeofSilicon, by the name of Winchester, recently shared similar sentiments saying: The buyer's sentiments are correct...whatever Bier started out with (which I'm guessing was a lot) it's been edited down to nonsense. It's hard to even say if the wooden performances are a result of the editing or simply weren't there to start with and the editing makes them worse. Especially Lawrence. Gorgeous photography is the only plus this one has and even at that it's nowhere near enough. »
- Brad Brevet
It's been two years since Susanne Bier wrapped production on the period drama Serena, but the film has sat on a shelf without any indication of when it might finally hit theaters. It's already been released across the pond, and now the Us trailer has finally arrived with the film getting released early next year. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper reteam again in the story of George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence), love-struck newly-weds, who begin to build a timber empire. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, their marriage begins to unravel. Watch it! Here's the first Us trailer for Susanne Bier's Serena, originally from Chideo: If you haven't seen it yet, check out the Serena trailer from the United Kingdom right here. Serena is directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World, Things We Lost in the Fire »
- Ethan Anderton
Earlier today, you saw Jennifer Lawrence in blockbuster mode with the final trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1." Now you can see the actress try on her period melodrama pants with "Serena," opposite Bradley Cooper, and get more of a sense if the mostly negative reviews are warranted. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, the film is a Depression-era tale about George and Serena, a couple who forge a mighty timber empire together. Problems arise when Serena can't get pregnant, and George strays outside their marriage. From there, inevitable tragedy looms. It's good stuff on paper, but as our recent review noted, there's good reason why the folks behind Susanne Bier's long delayed movie "might be keen to sweep this one under the rug." "Serena" is now playing in the U.K. (where it opened in 19th place over the weekend —ouch), and comes to the U. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Magnolia Pictures has released the official Us trailer for director Suzanne Bier’s drama Serena. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, which seems like a slam dunk except for the fact that the film was shot before Silver Linings Playbook and has been sitting on the shelf ever since. Apparently it’s just not that great as distributors refused to acquire the film for quite some time, but this trailer certainly makes the movie look at least interesting in a go-for-broke kind of way. Lawrence and Cooper play 1920s newlyweds who begin to build a timber empire, but their passion becomes hindered as a hidden past is discovered and Lawrence’s character decides to take fate into her own hands. Watch the new Serena trailer after the jump. The film also stars Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans, and will be released on iTunes and VOD on February 26, 2015 and »
- Adam Chitwood
The dometic trailer is now online for the Long-Delayed Drama "Serena" starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Toby Jones, and Rhys Ifans. This marks the third time Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have teamed up, they were in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, which were both directed by David O. Russell.
The film follows newlyweds George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) who travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929. Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, killing or vanquishing all who stand in the way of their ambitions. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Directed by Susanne Bier.
In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton’s timber empire becomes complicated when it is learned that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.
There’s an old saying – “You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig” – and what we have in Serena is a pig in lipstick and a dress and high heels. It’s nothing more than a depression-set soap opera minus the camp appeal.
This is a film which loses its appeal in the first fifteen minutes, that vital window of opportunity where any half decent screenplay should have the audience in its grasp, and never regains its momentum rendering it pretty essentially Doa. Set in the Depression but looking like actors playing dress-up on location, Serena looks, sounds, »
- Gary Collinson
Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the latest cinema releases. This week the team watch Brad Pitt rumble to the bitter end of the second world war in tank thriller Fury; catch Andre Benjamin igniting the legend of pre-fame Hendrix in Jimi: All is By My Side; snoop on romance among the pines in Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence drama Serena; and sit shiva over the death of comedy in This is Where I Leave You Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger and Joan Portillo
Serena is one of two films from director Susanne Bier screening at the 2014 London Film Festival, and the other is a Danish-language film titled A Second Chance. While both of these have a lot to say about babies only one of them is completely enthralling from its opening scene to its end while the other bores for at least an hour before shifting into a high-tension ending. Sadly, despite the well-established chemistry between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, Serena is the latter film. Cooper plays George, a lumber baron whose finances are starting to wear thin right around the time the sheriff (Toby Jones) decides that George’s land would be best utilized as a national park. George also has some untouched land in Brazil, but he’s uninterested in selling either piece of property. Just as his financial worries begin, George meets Serena (Lawrence), an independent woman whose entire family died in a fire years ago »
- Emily Estep
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Um, so, yeah: How about them Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper? They are so amazing and gorgeous. And what chemistry! “I think we should be married” is the first thing he says to her in Serena, which is, to be fair, the first thing anyone would say to either of them. And so they are wedded. It’s early Great Depression North Carolina to which lumber magnate George Pemberton (Cooper: Guardians of the Galaxy) brings his new wife, Serena (Lawrence: X-Men: Days of Future Past), where his company is cutting down the last virgin forest in North America. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
After a long, long wait, Susanne Bier's "Serena" finally emerged at the BFI London Film Festival, and it isn't a lost classic, or even a so-bad-it's-good future cult move. As our own Oli Lyttelton wrote in his D- grade review, the movie is simply "tedious" and that "given the result, you can see why people might be keen to sweep this one under the rug." For the most part, Bier and the cast have kept quiet on the long delayed movie, but with "Serena" hitting UK cinemas this weekend, the director is now opening up about the movie, and what she doesn't say is an interesting as what she does. Speaking with The Times, Bier insists her vision for the Depression-era drama was never one for mass consumption, but things changed as the film's stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence became more famous. "I had to fight for Jennifer »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Just call Jennifer Lawrence, super woman! She's conquered evil in The Hunger Games and appeared in head-to-toe blue makeup in the X-Men movies. And in a new clip from her upcoming movie, Serena, Lawrence is proving to the guys once again that she's one tough lady. In a sneak peek, the actress is taking care of family business as she spots a man trying to notch a tree. Once she realizes he's doing it completely wrong, Lawrence grabs the ax and shows him how it's done. "Get back to work," she tells the crowd of men looking on in shock as she succeeds on the first try. Ohhh, snap! Set in the 1920s, Serena tells the story of a married couple (played by Lawrence »
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