10 items from 2015
Everyone enjoys a brief opening paragraph, so why don't we spend it listing all the things that "Dark Places," from director Gilles Paquet-Brenner ("Sarah's Key"), gets right. Its cast is undoubtedly committed, particularly a convincingly grimy Charlize Theron, and an enjoyably off-the-leash Chloe Grace Moretz, though it feels like they signed on to different films, and continued under that misapprehension all the way through shooting. Christina Hendricks is decent in a frumpy role that is sold from under her by the film's last-act twists. Nicholas Hoult, alongside his "Mad Max: Fury Road" co-star, has little to do (zero mouth-spraying), while Tye Sheridan again proves he's unsurpassable in the surly, misunderstood adolescent stakes, though even his talents cannot convince us he'll grow up to be Corey Stoll. The Barry Ackroyd photography is unobjectionably gritty. Eyelines match. It's all screamingly competent. Read More: Watch: Charlize Theron, Nicholas »
- Jessica Kiang
Libby Day (Theron) has been haunted by the murder of her mother and sisters for her entire life, especially since her brother (Tye Sheridan) was convicted of the massacre.
Now an adult, Libby is contacted by a group of amateur investigators known as the The Kill Club, who believe that a satanic cult could actually have been responsible for the murders.
Theron spoke about the troubling subject matter of Dark Places earlier in the year, revealing that it brought back memories of her own mother Gerda shooting and killing her abusive father Charles in an act of self-defence back in 1991.
"I did experience a very traumatic experience, an event, in my life. »
Eagle-eyed readers will know that the much anticipated “Dark Places,” which made our 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2015 list earlier this year, was already released in France earlier this spring —the film features a starry cast including Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult and Chloe Moretz. Read More: Review: David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens & More Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn (the author and screenwriter behind David Fincher's “Gone Girl”), this thriller centers on a woman (Theron) who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child and is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes. Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner ("Sarah's Key"), the movie co-stars Drea de Matteo, Corey Stoll and Tye Sheridan. Due in stateside theaters August 7th, the first official U.S. »
- Edward Davis
On paper, an ensemble cast including Charlize Theron, Corey Stoll, Tye Sheridan, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Sterling Jerins and Christina Hendricks starring in an adaptation of a best-selling thriller by "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn seems like a guaranteed success. But somewhere along the way it seems enthusiasm has waned for "Dark Places." It is already screening overseas and continues to roll out internationally, and today a new trailer has arrived. Read More: Watch: First Trailer For Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places' Starring Charlize Theron, Chloe Moretz and Nicholas Hoult Gilles Paquet-Brenner ("Sarah's Key") directs the tale that follows Libby Day (Theron), who witnesses her family get murdered as a youngster and testifies against her brother when he is tried for the crime. 25 years later, Libby is brought before the secretive, crime-solving Kill Club who want to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At this point I have no real idea why Dark Places doesn't have a domestic release date in place (the film opens in France this weekend). It's got a stellar cast and is based on the quite good book by Gillian Flynn. While the material isn't up to the level of Gone Girl's insightful skewering of the cool girl syndrome, it's a highly functional crime thriller. I haven't seen director Gilles Paquet-Brenner's film Sarah's Key, but it was well reviewed. And in general I think it's poor form to speculate on a film's quality in these distribution situations because they often have little to do with each other. So what's the deal? Don't ask me. I thought the trailer was serviceable, and this new clip is very much in that vein. Functional, without hitting that Gone Girl level of quality. It makes the interesting choice to introduce the »
- Evan Dickson
Today we have an international trailer for the upcoming "Dark Places" mystery thriller, starring Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks and Drea de Matteo. Check it out below. Plot: Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas." She survived and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club . a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes . locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She'll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club . for a fee. As Libby's search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started . on the run from a killer. »
25 years after the murder of her family, a young woman is forced to re-live that tragedy all over again in the international trailer for Dark Places. The thriller does not have a domestic release date in place at this time, but Mars Distribution will release it in France on April 8, with other international territories set to follow. The story is adapted from the best-selling novel by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.
Dark Places tells the story of Libby Day (Charlize Theron), a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes confronts her with questions about the horrific event. Told in a series of flashbacks from the points of view of Libby's mother, Patty, and her brother, Ben, Libby is forced to revisit that fateful day and begins to »
So... what happened? Even before we got our first look at David Fincher's "Gone Girl," in late 2013 that other Gillian Flynn adaptation, "Dark Places," released its first image. And then a deafening silence followed. Along the way, cult/arthouse distributors A24 picked up the movie, and it was pretty much assumed that "Gone Girl" and "Dark Places" would stay out of each other's way. We didn't expect that the picture would suddenly open up overseas with little in the way of advance fanfare, but that's right, in just one month "Dark Places" arrives in France. And the first trailer is here. Featuring a pretty terrific ensemble of Charlize Theron, Corey Stoll, Tye Sheridan, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Sterling Jerins and Christina Hendricks with Gilles Paquet-Brenner ("Sarah's Key") directing, the story follows Libby Day (Theron), who as a teenager »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gillian Flynn's name is no longer just a name on the list of New York Times best selling authors, she is now a name that generates feature film interest thanks to her work with David Fincher, adapting her very own Gone Girl for the screen and next up is Dark Places, an adaptation of her 2009 novel with Charlize Theron starring. The film was directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah's Key) who also adapted the novel for the screen, centering on a woman (Theron) who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes. Christina Hendricks, Chloe Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Drea de Matteo and Corey Stoll co-star. No word on a domestic release date, though it has had an MPAA rating since last May. That really doesn't bode too well for the film's quality, »
- Brad Brevet
Catherine Deneuve: César Award Besst Actress Record-Tier (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'In the Courtyard / Dans la cour') (See previous post: "Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve Make César Award History.") Catherine Deneuve has received 12 Best Actress César nominations to date. Deneuve's nods were for the following movies (year of film's release): Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard / Dans la Cour (2014). Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way / Elle s'en va (2013). François Ozon's Potiche (2010). Nicole Garcia's Place Vendôme (1998). André Téchiné's Thieves / Les voleurs (1996). André Téchiné's My Favorite Season / Ma saison préférée (1993). Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). François Dupeyron's Strange Place for an Encounter / Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (1988). Jean-Pierre Mocky's Agent trouble (1987). André Téchiné's Hotel America / Hôtel des Amériques (1981). François Truffaut's The Last Metro / Le dernier métro (1980). Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Le sauvage (1975). Additionally, Catherine Deneuve was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category »
- Steve Montgomery
10 items from 2015
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