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Say When (aka Laggies) movie review: resisting the path

7 November 2014 3:47 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Charming and off-kilter, this is a rare tale of a young woman struggling with her identity in a way that deals a shock of recognition and never apologizes. I’m “biast” (pro): really like Keira Knightley; love Lynn Shelton’s movies

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Behold the garden variety Female Fuckup, common in the wild but rarely captured on film, for some reason. Why, it’s almost like no one is even looking for her!

What was I just saying about the need for more women filmmakers? Here’s Exhibit B. Indie director Lynn Shelton (Touchy Feely) and first-time screenwriter Andrea Seigel have crafted a charming, off-kilter little film about a young woman who doesn’t quite know what she wants out of life yet has no guide to the possibilities open to her beyond the traditional track »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Film Review: 'Say When'

5 November 2014 3:06 PM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆Lynn Shelton has carved out a niche for herself by presenting the inertia of contemporary middle-class life and exploring the state of arrested development her characters often find themselves affected by. Her tales of self-actualisation, like Your Sister's Sister (2011) and last year's Touchy Feely aim to capture the brief moments of connection in a world that's becoming increasingly insular and self-obsessed. However, Shelton's latest Say When (2014) - the tale of a confused and aimless twenty-something, played by Keira Knightley - sadly shares its protagonist's lack of direction. Despite her advanced degree and comfortable lifestyle Megan's (Knightley) life is in stasis.

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- CineVue UK

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'Laggies' Sneak Preview Q & A: Lynn Shelton Changes Her Approach

28 October 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

With "Laggies," Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton returned to Sundance with her sixth feature. Unlike Shelton's last three Sundance entries, "Touchy Feely," the entirely improvised "Humpday," and 80% improvised "Your Sister's Sister," the writer-director did not write her own script for "Laggies," starring Keira Knightley as a recently engaged woman suffering an identity crisis who befriends a teenager (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her single dad (Sam Rockwell),  For the first time, this was adapted from a book by the writer Andrea Siegel. And Shelton's strong ensemble, including Mark Webber as Knightley's fiance and Jeff Garlin as her father, relied on that script--with just a touch of improvisation as they went.  (My interview with Shelton on "Touchy Feely" is here, "Your Sister's Sister" here.) Shelton was originally going to star Anne Hathaway in the lead role, but when she fell out to do »

- Anne Thompson

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Laggies | Review

24 October 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

We All Float Down Here: Shelton’s Latest Winning Slice of Arrested Development

Remarkable in the sense that this is her third consecutive film to premiere at Sundance, director Lynn Shelton is one of the few female directors bucking the general trend of having laborious stretches of times between features. Her latest, Laggies, is her first directorial outing where Shelton has not also written the screenplay (Andrea Siegel gets her first credit instead), which divorces the film from a body of work largely improvised and often careening off the cuff to mostly enjoyable effect. While this makes her latest film feel a bit more mainstream, featuring an array of well-known names, it’s also a nicely polished example of familiarity, genuine with its intentions and generally pleasing even as it neglects to say anything we haven’t seen repeatedly from both a male and female perspective.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Edward Snowden Documentary ‘Citizenfour’, Sweden’s ‘Force Majeure': Specialty Box Office Preview

23 October 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Last year, RADiUS scored at the box office and in Awards Season with its documentary 20 Feet From Stardom (nearly $4.95 million and Best Documentary Feature Oscar win). This year, it may have another non-fiction awards behemoth, hitting theaters this weekend.

Citizenfour, directed by journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras, tells the story of Nsa leaker Edward Snowden as he disclosed massive domestic U.S. government spying. The film unfolds in real time as Poitras and Guardian colleague Glenn Greenwald, working on a long-term project about government surveillance, were contacted online by a mysterious source calling himself “Citizenfour.” The film, completed in secret while Poitras was in self-imposed virtual exile, alleges even more Nsa overreaching at home and abroad than just what came out of the massive pile of U.S. documents Snowden leaked.

Another potential awards contender also arrives in U.S. theaters this weekend: Sweden’s entry for Foreign Language Oscar, »

- Brian Brooks

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Interview: Lynn Shelton & Sam Rockwell On Working With Keira Knightley & Chloë Grace Moretz In ‘Laggies’

23 October 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our interview from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. "Laggies" opens in limited release beginning this weekend October 24. Since her breakout film “Humpday” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival five years ago, writer/director Lynn Shelton has been one of the hardest-working women in the business. In addition to her last two features—“Your Sister’s Sister” and “Touchy Feely”—she has also directed numerous episodes of “New Girl” and “Mad Men.” Her films are complex and touching explorations of human relationships and, until now, they have mostly been improvisational works developed with talented ensembles of actors (read our review here). In her latest film, “Laggies,” which premiered last week at the Sundance, Shelton switches gears, working from another person’s script for the first time—without most of her standard improvisation—on a much higher budget (“I broke the million-dollar mark, by quite a lot!”), and with a bigger cast of. »

- Kristin McCracken

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Keira Knightley Gets Schooled In Two New Clips From Laggies

17 October 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lynn Shelton’s Laggies focuses on the “saturn returns” period of a person’s life. The troublesome stage that people face around the age of 27 is often cited as a turning point during which they make big life changes. Or, in the case of Keira Knightley’s character – opt for a return to adolescence.

The dramedy, which nabs its title from those who “lag behind” (a polite way of calling someone a bit of a dosser), stars Knightley as Megan, a late twenty-something woman who can’t figure out what to do with her life after she bails on a proposing boyfriend. Ah, haven’t we all been there? Her dilemma disappears when she meets a teenager, Annika (played by Chloe Grace Moretz.) After the two become gal pals, Megan moves into Annika’s home and strikes up a liaison with her father (Sam Rockwell).

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- Gem Seddon

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Men, Women & Children movie review (London Film Festival)

10 October 2014 3:13 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Jason Reitman is way too young to have produced a work of such fuddy-duddy handwringing over These Kids (And Adults) Today and how we play with our e-toys. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

As the little explorer probe Voyager passes into interstellar space to begin its long lonely journey to who knows where, Adam Sandler is masturbating to Internet porn.

There’s a point to this juxtaposition, but only director Jason Reitman knows what it is. (Presumably Chad Kultgen, author of the novel this is based on, knows, too, but there’s no evidence of that here.) Is it that the hyperadvanced and superwise aliens who may one day find Voyager will be disappointed if they could know (which they won’t be able to know) that »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Ann Dowd Joins Political Dramedy Our Brand Is Crisis

24 September 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The status of Warner Bros.’ upcoming political comedy-drama, Our Brand Is Crisis, is heating up. Developed in conjunction with Smokehouse Pictures, the feature has been building up momentum in recent weeks. It was nearly a year ago that Sandra Bullock became attached to star, with Prince Avalanche director David Gordon Green on board to direct. Who else is in the running for this cunning political expose? The Drop actress Ann Dowd, that’s who.

After rounding out the first season of HBO’s brilliant post-apocalyptic drama, The Leftovers, and a turn on Showtime’s Masters Of Sex, Dowd has signed on to join what’s becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest properties. Earlier this week, Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) stepped up to play an as-yet undisclosed role, and Billy Bob Thornton’s name has been tossed into the rumour ring as well. The report from Variety also »

- Gem Seddon

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Keira Knightley Relives Her Youth In UK Trailer For Laggies

24 September 2014 9:09 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lynn Shelton’s brand of indie dramedy has been a little hit-n-miss. After her breakout film Humpday put the Seattle director on the map, her next effort, Your Sister’s Sister, received widespread critical acclaim. But its follow-up, Touchy Feely, failed to ignite that same zing, despite capturing the same elements that have marked her as a director to watch. Now we’ll get a chance to revisit Shelton’s quirky style in theatres this autumn with the release of her latest flick, Laggies.

Premiering at Sundance earlier this year, the response so far has been divided. Starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz, the film follows Megan (Knightley), who jumps ship on her life when her boyfriend proposes to her out of the blue. Struggling to figure out her early onset life crisis, with no goals in sight, she winds up moving in with her new buddy, a 16-year »

- Gem Seddon

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'Laggies' International Trailer Starring Chloe Moretz

24 September 2014 8:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Lynn Shelton, the auetuer behind indie favorites Humpday and Touchy Feely, returns to adolescence and a life crisis in her new dramatic comedy Laggies. The international trailer finds Keira Knightley as a 28-year-old woman who has run into a dead end in both her career and relationship. Wanting to escape her own existence, she decided to hide out with a 16-year-old (Chloe Moretz) and eventually connects with her new Bff's father (Sam Rockwell). Is true romance waiting at the end of this coming-of-age tale? Check out the latest look at Laggies, which hits theaters in late October.

The latest comedy from indie darling Lynn Shelton follows a 28-year-old woman named Megan (Keira Knightley) who faces a quarter-life crisis realizing she still works for her father and is still dating her high school boyfriend (Mark Webber), who has just proposed to her. Looking to lay low, she befriends a 16-year-old »

- MovieWeb

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Tracking Shot: Van Sant, Doremus, Guadagnino & Reed Morano Shooting This August

6 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

“Tracking Shot” is a monthly featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing (or in a couple of titles below have been shooting since July). This August we’ve got a good number of projects that will start surfacing as early as next year’s Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin Film Fests. With Dakota Johnson having been just announced, we’ve got Luca Guadagnino’s long awaited (remake) A Bigger Splash, getting ready for a poolside shoot. Gus Van Sant comes out of the woodworks to move into the woods for Sea of Trees. Sundance alumni Rick Alverson is wrapping up Entertainment, Reed Morano is set to make her directorial debut this mid-August with Meadowland, while Douchebag, Like Crazy, Breathe In‘s Drake Doremus is stationed in Japan for a weighty cast and futuristic tale in Equals. Here are some »

- Eric Lavallee

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Ross Partridge Out on a “Lamb”; Weixler & Oona Laurence Join the Wyoming Wilderness

30 July 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Duplass bros. tentacles are among the close-knit on another project to keep tabs on in the next calendar year. Future star so bright pre-teen actress Oona Laurence (upcoming Southpaw, The Grief of Others, I Smile Back) and Jess Weixler (who has managed to make a move onto the international scene with Cannes and Locarno preemed The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her, Him, Them and Listen Up Philip) are set to star in Ross Partridge’s sophomore feature. Written and to be directed by Partridge (also stars) Lamb is set to begin lensing in Wyoming but look for road trip elements including the Chicagoan backdrop. Mel Eslyn (Touchy Feely, The One I Love) and Tayor Williams (The Dish & the Spoon) will produce with Jennifer Lafleur and Mark Duplass exec producing.

Gist: Based on the Bonnie Nadzam novel, this traces the self-discovery of David Lamb (Ross Partridge) in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage, »

- Eric Lavallee

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UK Release Date Announced For Shelton’s ‘Say When’

25 July 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Say When (being released in the Us under its original title Laggies) is set to open across the UK through Icon Film Distribution on 10th October. Directed by Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’S Sister; Hump Day; Touchy Feely), Say When received its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It stars Keira Knightley (Begin Again; Atonement; A Dangerous Method), Chloe Grace Moretz (If  Stay; Kick-ass; Kick-ass  2) and Sam Rockwell (The Way, Way Back; Moon; Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind).

Megan (Knightley) is 28 going on 14. Whilst her oldest friends are settling down and starting families, Megan prefers to be the bridesmaid to the bride, the godmother to the actual mother. When her boyfriend Anthony proposes to her, Megan runs away from grown up life for a while and hides out with her new friend, high school student Annika (Moretz). There follows a week of reliving the ups and downs of teenage life, »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Watch: Knightley, Rockwell and Moretz Shack Up In Trailer for Lynn Shelton's 'Laggies' (New Poster)

16 July 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The fine track record that Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton had established with “Humpday” and “Your Sister’s Sister” met a speed bump “Touchy Feely,” which attracted mixed reviews. (Here's Toh's interview with Shelton and star Rosemarie DeWitt.) Her latest title “Laggies" was scooped up by A24 at Sundance and marks a return to form. Significantly, "Laggies" is the first Shelton film based on someone else's writing, in this case Andrea Siegel. No question Sam Rockwell marks an improvement over originally cast Paul Rudd, while Keira Knightley eventually replaced Rebecca Hall.  Check out the first trailer, which showcases another mix of fish-out-of-water tropes and angst-ridden adults. Megan, 28, (Keira Knightley) enjoys hanging out with Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz), 16, who she meets outside her old high school at a class reunion gone wrong. After her boring boyfriend (Marc Webber) proposes, Megan escapes from her life by shacking »

- Anne Thompson and Nick Newman

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Laggies Trailer Crashes On The 'Net's Couch

16 July 2014 9:39 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

For some people, the term “mid-life” crisis conjures visions of blokes with bad comb-overs ditching long-suffering wives for pneumatic new models and buying sports cars. But life crises can happen at any time, as Keira Knightley’s Megan learns in Lynn Shelton’s new film Laggies. Megan would appear to be a carefree young woman on the cusp of 30 with her life in good order. She has a devoted boyfriend in Anthony (Mark Webber) who is ready to propose. But Megan’s suddenly panicked that this is everything her life will ever be, and runs off.She ends up hanging out with teenager Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell). Soon, Megan’s experiencing her youth once again, even if that does include making out with Craig. Then there’s her friend Allison (Ellie Kemper) who disapproves of Megan’s new lifestyle…Shelton, the director of Humpday, »

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Tammy movie review: women behaving badly

3 July 2014 5:40 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Dumb, pointless, unentertaining crap. But at least it’s about women. Yay? Nah. I’m “biast” (pro): love Melissa McCarthy

I’m “biast” (con): …but despair that she will ever get a film worthy of her talent

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Well, it’s a step in the right direction. I suppose. A tiny one.

Goddammit. *sigh*

There are a lot of women onscreen in Tammy. In the same way that most movies feature a ton of men onscreen doing stupid shit for an hour and half with only occasional interruptions from women. That’s what Tammy is. It’s dumb, pointless, unentertaining crap. But at least it’s about women.

Yay?

What does Tammy (Melissa McCarthy: The Heat, The Hangover Part III) want? She’s the central character of this aimless collection of random, supposedly comedic setpieces, and we have no idea who she is. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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X-Men: Days of Future Past movie review: time for hope

19 May 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

With its time-twisting plot, sci-fi soapiness, powerful humanism, and to-die-for cast, this is the summer blockbuster done with elegance and heart. I’m “biast” (pro): love most of the previous films in the series

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It is a nasty future we open on, in this I’ve-lost-count-how-many-th X-Men flick: dark postapocalyptic skies and ruined cities left in the wake of the ongoing genocide of mutants and humans by robot Sentinels. The sci-fi Judgment Day has come and the Terminators aren’t even bothering to imprison survivors in the Matrix (they’re not leaving survivors, it seems). And I have to wonder, Was Days of Future Past inspired and informed by the machine apocalypses of 80s and 90s flicks? Or were those flicks inspired and informed by old 70s X-Men comics? Is it both realities simultaneously? »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Lynn Shelton on Touchy Feely

19 May 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Lynn Shelton’s fifth feature film Touchy Feely opens in UK theatres this weekend, and HeyUGuys had the opportunity to delve into the mind of the writer-director to discuss a film with an intriguing emotional and physical premise at its heart.

Our discussion charted her discovery of cinema which featured a healthy dose of classic American and French film, her long journey to feature filmmaking that saw a collision of the artist with her art, film as a means to express the human experience, and the motivations that lie behind Touchy Feely.

Looking back, how did your discovery of cinema unfold?

My parents introduced me to the films of Woody Allen and the French New Wave. My mom’s favourite film is Jules et Jim, which I first saw at a young age. But I also remember her taking me to see Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player. One of »

- Paul Risker

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Godzilla, A Touch Of Sin, In Secret: this week's new films

16 May 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Godzilla | The Two Faces Of January | A Touch Of Sin | In Secret | Concussion | Touchy Feely | Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist

Considering it's a movie about nuclear-enhanced, city-trashing monsters, there's a conviction to this reboot that most disaster epics lack both in the relatively logical plot and the carefully detailed tableaux of mass devastation drawing on recent real-life disasters as well as movie lore. The human scale suffers as a consequence (the actors have less character than the creatures) but in pursuit of true epic-ness, that's a price worth paying.

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- Steve Rose

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