2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Dito Montiel’s Boulevard (First Look!)

We tend to look for patterns, trends and whatnot with our annual predictions. In Dito Montiel’s case, it would appear that he shows up at the fest with odd numbered films in his filmography. Sundance embraced the filmmaker-musician-author with open arms back on 2006 with the double Sundance winner totally engrossing dramatic book to film translation of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. His third film, The Son of No One (which is sandwiched by Fighting (’09) and 2013′s Empire State) received the closing night honors of the fest back in 2011. For Boulevard (film number five), Montiel reteams with his longtime editor Jake Pushinsky and landed Park Chan-wook’s cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung. Shot in Nashville, Robin Williams toplines the drama which wrapped in mid July. Feast your eyes on our exclusive first look below.

Gist: Written by Douglas Soesbe, Nolan Mark (Robin Williams) is a devoted husband in a marriage of
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DVD Playhouse--March 2012

DVD Playhouse—March 2012

By Allen Gardner

J. Edgar (Warner Bros.) Director Clint Eastwood provides a rock-solid, albeit rather flat portrait of polarizing FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, covering his life from late teens to his death. Leonardo DiCaprio does an impressive turn as Hoover, never crossing the line into caricature, and creating a Hoover that is all too human, making for an all the more unsettling look at absolute power run amuck. Where the film stumbles is the love story at its core: Hoover’s relationship with longtime aide Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). In the hands of an openly-gay director like Gus Van Sant, this could have been a heartbreaking, tender story of forbidden (unrequited?) love, but Eastwood seems to tiptoe around their romance, with far too much delicacy and deference. The film works well when recreating the famous crimes and investigations which Hoover made his name on (the Lindbergh kidnapping,
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DVD Review: Channing Tatum’s ‘The Son of No One’ Bound to Please No One

Chicago – With the right role and the right director, Channing Tatum manages to convince me that he is in fact a decent actor. He’s delivered enough solid work to illustrate that he’s more than just empty eye candy (in other words, he’s no Taylor Lautner). So why does Tatum continue to forge collaborations with Dito Montiel, a director who has a knack for making him look like an amateur?

There’s nothing remotely compelling or magnetic about Tatum’s work in “The Son of No One,” a star-studded dud that marks the third directorial effort of Montiel. After his hyper-stylized debut effort, “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” and forgettable sports drama, “Fighting,” Montiel has hit a new low with this dull and predictable crime drama. The level of misused talent in the ensemble is as staggering as it is depressing.

DVD Rating: 1.5/5.0

Corrupt cops are a
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The Son of No One Blu-ray Review!

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The Set-up

A dedicated cop (Channing Tatum) returns to his childhood neighborhood in the Queens projects, only to be confronted with a dark secret from his past. Tracy Morgan, Katie Holmes, Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche, and Al Pacino co-star.

The Delivery

In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I do not like actor Channing Tatum. I think he mumbles through his performances and relies on his looks rather than real acting talent. As the lead in the crime thriller The Son of No One, Tatum manages not to be as annoying as usual,  although he does sport a Howard Hughes mustache and relies on a strong supporting cast to carry the dramatic load. Unfortunately, not even Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, and Al Pacino can save this film from a mediocre script.

As I watched the film, I
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Son of No One

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 21, 2012

Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.99

Studio: Anchor Bay

Channing Tatum is a New York cop in The Son of No One.

The cop crime thriller The Son of No One boasts a helluva cast, including such actors as Channing Tatum (The Eagle), Juliette Binoche (Chocolat), Tracy Morgan (TV’s 30 Rock) , Katie Holmes (TV’s The Kennedys) and Ray Liotta (Something Wild). Oh, and a guy named Al Pacino (Carlito’s Way).

Tatum stars in the movie as Jonathan White, a second-generation cop who gets in over his head when he’s assigned to re-open a double homicide cold case in his Queens, N.Y., neighborhood. An anonymous source feeding new information on the long-unsolved murders to a local reporter (Binoche) leads to evidence suggesting a possible cover-up by the former lead detective (Pacino). As Jonathan digs deeper into the assignment, a dark secret about the case emerges,
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News Flash: Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s ‘Ten Year’ Premiering at Toronto International Film Festival!!!


Congrats to Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Reid Carolin, Jamie Linden, Adam Londy, Jake Pushinsky, and the entire cast and crew of ‘Ten Year‘!!!

Now in its 36th year, the Toronto International Film Festival today unveiled a selection of films in the 2011 Galas and Special Presentations programmes. Chan and Jenna’s high school reunion drama ‘Ten Year‘ made the list and will officially have its world premiere at the prestigious festival!!

Jenna, who’s known the good news for a while now, was finally able to tweet…

Exciting news! A movie I’m in called Ten Year will be going to Toronto Film Fest! Sept 12th, hope to see u there:)less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet ReplyJenna Dewan-Tatum


Written and directed by Jamie Linden (who wrote the screenplay for ‘Dear John‘), edited by Jake Pushinsky (who also worked on ‘A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
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Sundance: 'The Son of No One' premieres, with Katie Holmes mania

Sundance: 'The Son of No One' premieres, with Katie Holmes mania
The Sundance Film Festival received a final dose of Tinseltown when Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta, and Katie Holmes arrived Friday for the closing-night premiere of the cop thriller The Son of No One. Mainly, though, it was all about Katie. When Homes entered the Eccles Theatre via a side door, row after row of festival attendees stood up, yanking out their cameras to ambush the actress with more flashes of light than are present in the opening-credits sequence of Enter the Void. To me, the Sundance crowd has generally presented themselves as sophisticated cineastes, so it was somewhat unexpected to
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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
PARK CITY -- There is no escaping the old neighborhood, or more pointedly, the old man in this flashback to the rite-of-passage summer of four Queens teens. With an uptown indie cast of Robert Downey Jr., Dianne Wiest, Chazz Palminteri and even a quick whiff of Rosario Dawson, this coming-of-age saga might steam up initial boxoffice based on the marquee, but word-of-mouth will flatten this sweaty saga.

Told in a muddled flashback form as Dito (Downey) re-creates his youth, "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" traces back to summer 1986 when Dito and his three not-so-magnificent cronies trolled the mean streets of Queens, nearly under the Hellsgate Bridge. Oozing testosterone and spewing their bruised attitudes, they are petty predators, harassing the girls, tormenting the store owners and confronting their least-favored ethnic neighbors.

In their own minds, they are big men on the block. But, ultimately, they are afraid to leave their tiny world. It's no wonder since they congregate around Dito's small-minded father (Palminteri), who rants about the idiocy of ever leaving New York. In essence, the fearful foursome channel their energies into street thuggery, battling Puerto Ricans and anyone who resembles an outsider. Not surprisingly, it's an outsider, a Scottish student, who encourages young Dito to follow his dream and move to California. That's the main dramatic tension: Dito's tug between leaving home in order to live, or staying in that discomfort zone where he will surely wither.

Unfortunately, screenwriter-director Dito Montiel (who distilled from his own memoirs) never musters our sympathies for Dito to leave and find himself. After a while, the crudeness and venality of the central characters proves as stifling as the incessant Queens summer heat does to our dubious protagonists.

While there are dashes of jarringly raw dialogue and doses of from-the-block swagger, "Saints" struts its stuff mainly with only dull fury. Montiel's storytelling bangs ahead in a cacophony of dull repetition: There's too much ditto to this Dito.

Further enervating the drama are the uneven technical contributions. The tepid music of Jonathan Elias and the lumbering pace from Montiel and editors Peter Tellefsen and Jake Pushinsky combine to drain the personal stories.

The performances, including Downey's properly weary turn as the drained-out Dito, are what's best about "Saints". As the paterfamilias is in denial about his own health and the worth of his own philosophical spewing, Palminteri bursts with mule-headed rage; he is a ferocious and credible malevolence. In a brief appearance, Dawson captures the vigor and staying power of a young woman who has not been beaten down by her neighborhood's unsavory saints.


Original Media, Xingu Films, Belladonna Prods.


Screenwriter-director: Dito Montiel

Producers: Trudy Styler, Travis Swords, Charlie Corwin, Clara Markowicz

Executive producers: Sting, Bobby Sager, Peter Sahagen, Armand Mackey

Director of photography: Eric Gautier

Production designer: Jody Asnes

Music: Jonathan Elias

Costume designer: Sandra Hernandez

Editors: Christopher Tellefsen, Jake Pushinsky


Dito: Robert Downey Jr.

Young Dito: Shia LaBeouf

Monty: Chazz Palminteri

Flori: Dianne Wiest

Young Antonio: Channing Tatum

Young Laurie: Melonie Diaz

Mike O'Shea: Martin Compston

Older Antonio: Eric Roberts

Laurie: Rosario Dawson

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Running time -- 90 minutes

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