9 items from 2016
Danny Glover has joined the cast of Come Sunday – the upcoming Netflix film that tells the true story of evangelical minister Carlton Pearson, who built one of the largest churches in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then lost everything as a result of his evolving faith. The tale was explored in a 2005 episode of This American Life, and it is this work that Come Sunday will largely use as source material.
Carlton Pearson became a renowned evangelical minister in Tulsa, having been mentored by televangelist Oral Roberts. At the height of its success, during the 1990s, the church that Pearson formed had a congregation estimated at over 6000 people. That congregation began to dwindle, however, when Pearson changed his teachings – asserting that hell did not exist in the traditionally taught sense.
Pearson publicly declared that, rather than being an eternity of pain and suffering, he believed that hell is created during our lifetimes, »
- Sarah Myles
Opening in select theaters today, August 26, We Got This Covered has an exclusive clip for Joshua Marston’s (The Forgiveness of Blood, Maria Full of Grace) Complete Unknown that features Rachel Weisz battling against something of an identity crisis.
Having assumed a host of identities throughout her life, Weisz’s Alice (Jenny?) revels in anonymity, and likely has enough passports and identity documents to put even Jason Bourne to shame. But this picture, one haling from Amazon Studios and IFC Films, looks set to be a much more intimate affair than Universal’s tentpole actioner, delving into the remarkable relationship between Tom (Michael Shannon) and Weisz’s estranged lead.
At least, once Shannon’s baffled character pushes past the formalities to find out who Alice really is – a quest that may well force Tom into, ahem, the Complete Unknown. Kathy Bates, Danny Glover, Michael Chernus and Azita Ghanizada round out the ensemble. »
- Michael Briers
People walk in and out of your life all the time, and it’s not clear what they do after they leave. Are they the same person? Did they become just like you? Did they drop off the face of the map? Or did they in fact leave their old life behind and become someone else entirely? Joshua Marston’s new romantic identity drama “Complete Unknown” centers around a woman (Rachel Weisz) who constantly leaves her identity behind and reinvents herself, and soon tries to bring an ex-lover (Michael Shannon) into her spontaneous life. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
The film is written and directed by Joshua Marston. He’s best known for writing and directing the films “Maria Full of Grace” and “The Forgiveness of Blood,” as well as directing episodes of “Six Feet Under, »
- Vikram Murthi
Hailing from Amazon Studios and IFC Films – the two backers behind the psychological thriller – this teasing snippet introduces us to Weisz’s Alice (Jenny?), an old flame to Michael Shannon’s Tom who drifts through life one discreet identity at a time.
Joshua Marston (The Forgiveness of Blood, Maria Full of Grace) is at the helm for Complete Unknown, which has immediately piqued our attention with its two stellar leads in Shannon and Weisz. Plus, there’s something dreamy and oddly mesmerizing about the latter’s performance – who is Weisz’s character, exactly? – and we can only imagine that level of intrigue will be dramatically amplified across the full feature. Kathy Bates, Danny Glover, Michael Chernus and Azita Ghanizada also star.
Complete Unknown will open via limited release on August 26.
A mysterious woman with »
- Michael Briers
What if you just walked away from your life and completely started over? What if you walked away from that new life and started over again? What if you did that again and again and again? That’s the premise of Joshua Marston’s new romantic identity drama “Complete Unknown,” starring Rachel Weisz as a woman who constantly reinvents herself and soon brings an ex-lover Tom (Michael Shannon) into her manufactured world.
As Tom celebrates his birthday with a group of close friends, he sees a woman from his distant past at the party. At first Jenny, or Alice as she prefers to call herself, pretends to have never met Tom before, she eventually reveals that she began to create different identities for herself after she left Tom’s life 20 years earlier, taking on new names and careers every time. »
- Vikram Murthi
In a more just world, Joshua Martson would be a name that makes movie fans as excited as any other cinephile approved filmmaker. Breaking out with “Maria Full Of Grace,” the filmmaker hasn’t made a lot of features, but I bet you didn’t even realize his tremendously underrated 2011 film “The Forgiveness Of Blood” is on […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following a Sundance premiere, the first trailer has arrived for Complete Unknown, a psychological thriller starring Michael Shannon and Rachel Weisz that is being released through Amazon Studios and IFC Films later this month.
Directed and co-penned by Joshua Marston (The Forgiveness of Blood, Maria Full of Grace), it follows Tom (Shannon) and his wife as they contemplate a move to a new state for a graduate program. However, when Tom runs into an old flame who constantly changes identities (Weisz) at a dinner party, their happy life begins to spirals out of control.
We said in our review, “Armed with two top-notch leads and a compelling premise, Joshua Marston‘s third feature, Complete Unknown, spends a lot of time hinting at which direction it will go, without going anywhere at all.” See the trailer below for the film which also stars Kathy Bates, Danny Glover, Michael Chernus and Azita Ghanizada. »
- Mike Mazzanti
The lyrical reference slyly buried in the title of Joshua Marston’s “Complete Unknown” suggests the film might be a response to the question posed by Bob Dylan: How does it feel to be like a rolling stone? If so, this chic, cryptic identity drama has few clear answers, merely scratching the surface of its heroine’s cool-blooded existential restlessness. After a tantalizing pre-credit sequence teases the tumbling plethora of forms assumed by Rachel Weisz’s fascinating femme fatale, the compact puzzler that ensues scrutinizes only one of them, pitting her in an elegant but elusive dialogue with Michael Shannon’s bemused onlooker. A most surprising change of pace from Marston, following the international social realism of “Maria Full of Grace” and “The Forgiveness of Blood,” this Amazon Studios acquisition might find only a select audience, but could usher in a glossier phase of its helmer’s career.
- Guy Lodge
Read More: Oscilloscope Picks Up Sundance Next Drama 'The Fits' in Pre-Festival Deal Filmmaker Joshua Marston has been a fixture of the Berlin International Film Festival over the past several years thanks to "Maria Full of Grace" and "The Forgiveness of Blood," both of which picked up prestigious awards before earning further acclaim at international film festivals. For his latest film, "Complete Unknown," Marston is heading to Sundance, and it seems his efforts are already paying off. Amazon Studios acquired the picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and the film is slated for a fall release. Starring Michael Shannon and Rachel Weisz, the drama follows a couple whose life is thrown into disarray after a mysterious former flame reappears. Lucas Joaquin, Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen produced "Complete Unknown," while Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve served as executive producers. CAA and Wme repped the filmmakers. With »
- Zack Sharf
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