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Movie Review – The Leisure Seeker (2017)

The Leisure Seeker, 2017.

Directed by Paolo Virzi.

Starring Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Christian McKay, Janel Moloney and Dana Ivey.

Synopsis:

A retired couple decide to take a road trip to Florida in their aging Winnebago, called The Leisure Seeker. He’s suffering from Alzheimer’s and her health is failing, so their children are frantic with worry. But the couple take to the road on a journey where they make new friends and discover more about each other than they expected.

It may be yet another of those films aimed at the grey market, but thankfully The Leisure Seeker doesn’t commit one of their cardinal sins. At long last, a film for older people that doesn’t patronise the audience by assuming it will sit through any old rubbish. It’s a blessed relief, but that doesn’t mean that the film is especially good, or worth its illustrious leads,
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The Leisure Seeker review – Mirren and Sutherland in syrupy heart-sinker

Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland play lovable oldsters on a road trip, with soppy, insufferable results

Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland take to the road in this soppy bittersweet heart-sinker – depressing in various intentional and unintentional ways. Lovably impulsive oldsters Ella and John infuriate their uptight children (played by Christian McKay and Janel Moloney) by heading off in their cranky old Winnebago for a last road trip in the sunset of their lives, despite their frailties. They are cheerful, gutsy, secretly scared of the future and by imminent revelations about their shared past.

It is an Italian production, directed by Paolo Virzì and co-written by Stephen Amidon, adapting the novel by Michael Zadoorian.
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Film Review: Helen Mirren Takes Another Ride in ‘The Leisure Seeker’

Chicago – Helen Mirren keeps establishing herself as an international treasure with each new role. She is the prime motivator in the new film “The Leisure Seeker,” about a retired couple taking one last spin in their Rv, which takes its nickname from the title of the film. Along the way secrets are revealed and the devastation of dementia is exposed, but the story never gets too serious or heavy handed.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Donald Sutherland portrays the dementia-riddled husband in the couple, and he delivers a spot-on interpretation of the “needle skip” nature of the disease. The film is adapted by four screenwriters, including director Paolo Virzi (“Like Crazy”), from a novel by Michael Zadoorian. The story is the star, and it is rendered precisely by Virzi, with even the supporting roles having interesting significance… kudos to the casting of Janel Moloney and Christian McKay as their nervous adult children. The themes of aging,
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'The Leisure Seeker' Review: Road Movie Drives Acting Legends Into a Ditch

'The Leisure Seeker' Review: Road Movie Drives Acting Legends Into a Ditch
Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland can do anything – except, perhaps, save this sentimental drool bucket of senior cinema. It's not their fault: The Leisure Seeker is a road movie that lets its formidable stars down by shamelessly pandering and following a predictable path to been-there-seen-that.

In his first English-language feature, Italian director Paolo Virzì (Human Capital) shows he has his heart in the right place – it's just his knack for pacing, surprise and blunt truth that's M.I.A. here. Mirren plays Ella Spencer, a steel magnolia who decides it's time to get herself and her husband,
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Movie Review – Agatha Christie’s Crooked House (2017)

Crooked House, 2017.

Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner.

Starring Glenn Close, Terence Stamp, Max Irons, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Stefanie Martini, Julian Sands, Honor Kneafsey, Christian McKay, and Amanda Abbington.

Synopsis:

In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets.

We all know Agatha Christie.

Her work is, of course, iconic. Christie’s books have sold over 2 billion copies in 44 languages; film adaptations stretch back as early as 1928. It’s difficult to argue she’s anything short of one of the defining authors of detective fiction.

What’s notable about Crooked House amongst Christie’s oeuvre, however, is that the story has never been adapted for the screen – until now.

This means that all the hallmarks and idiosyncrasies that define Christie’s work, the ones that we’ve become so familiar with, here feel slightly different.
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New International Trailer for Rv Roadtrip Comedy 'The Leisure Seeker'

"We've had a lot of wonderful trips in this ole rust bucket." A new official international trailer from the UK has debuted for the indie roadtrip comedy The Leisure Seeker. This film actually premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals last fall, mostly because it's directed by a veteran Italian filmmaker named Paolo Virzì. The Leisure Seeker stars two great actors - Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland - who go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old Rv they call "The Leisure Seeker" as a runaway couple. The film's cast includes Christian McKay, Janel Moloney, and Kirsty Mitchell. The emotional side of the story is that Sutherland's character is losing his memory as they get older, and this may be the last vacation they'll remember together. It received mostly bad reviews at festivals, but looks like it might appeal to a few folks. Here's the official UK trailer
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Donald Sutherland talks his new film The Leisure Seeker

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Donald Sutherland talks his new film The Leisure SeekerDonald Sutherland talks his new film The Leisure SeekerMarni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine1/17/2018 10:56:00 Am

Hemingway House is okay, I assure Donald Sutherland, having just read an update online earlier that morning.

His home in Miami Beach is okay too, he tells me, as we sit down to discuss his movie The Leisure Seeker at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The day before our interview, and just two days after the film that follows senior couple Ella and John (Sutherland and Helen Mirren) on one last road trip down the Florida coast premiered in Toronto, Hurricane Irma beat down on much of the same territory covered in the film — lovely long roads, pristine beaches, and the couple’s ultimate destination, Ernest Hemingway’s old house on Key West.

There was nothing Sutherland — who, at 82, is still an imposing figure, both
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A Look At Production Designer Simon Bowles’ Work On Crooked House

Playing On-demand and in theaters now is Crooked House.

In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the old man’s widow 50 years his junior (Christina Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith de Haviland (Glenn Close).

The movie also features Julian Sands, Christian McKay and Terence Stamp.

Crooked House is available digitally in the Us from YouTube, Amazon, iTunes and Google Play

Prior to the film’s release, Production Designer Simon Bowles spoke with Wamg on his work for Crooked House.
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Film Review: Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’

Film Review: Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’
We find ourselves at a curious moment in Hollywood history when producers seem obsessed with turning every property, from the Avengers comics to Agatha Christie’s mystery novels, into a potential franchise. Earlier this fall, the twist at the end of Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express” wasn’t whodunit (practically everyone knew the solution going in) but the tantalizing suggestion that Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot couldn’t stick around, since his services were needed to investigate a “Death on the Nile.”

The trouble facing studios with this “extended universe” impulse is that they can’t always maintain a monopoly on characters (the X-Men lived at Fox, and Sony had Spider-Man at the moment Disney started making Marvel movies), allowing others to swoop in and take advantage of the goodwill a successful tentpole builds for any associated characters. Take Christie’s murder-mystery oeuvre. The British crime novelist wrote at least 70 books, and Fox can
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The Leisure Seeker Movie Review

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The Leisure Seeker Movie Review
The Leisure Seeker Sony Pictures Classics Director: Paolo Virzi Screenwriter: Stephen Amidon, Francesca Archibugi, Francesto Piccolo, Paolo Virzi based on Michael Zadoorian’s book Cast: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Christian McKay, Janel Moloney, Dana Ivey, Dick Gregory Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC, 11/24/17 Opens: In December for awards consideration. January 18, 2018 Maurice Chevalier once said […]

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Frontier season 2: first trailer

David Crow Kirsten Howard Nov 17, 2017

Watch the new trailer for Frontier's second season right here...

While Jason Momoa’s Netflix and Discovery Channel Canada television series is entering its second season, we suspect that a lot more people will be watching when it premieres on Netflix next week. After all, they’ve got a post-Justice League Aquaman attached to Frontier season 2, aye?

In the new trailer for the series, Jason Momoa is back as Delcan Harp, a part-Irish, part-Cree outlaw. He continues his one-man war against the Hudson Bay Company’s monopoly on the fur trade in Canada, and as he fights the good fight, violence and all sorts of snowy slaughter are set to occur.

The series is a historical drama set in the 1700s, co-created by Brad Peyton, Rob Blackie, and Peter Blackie. It also stars Landon Liboiron, Zoe Boyle, Christian McKay, Evan Jonigkeit, Shawn Doyle,
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Glenn Close & Christina Hendricks in First Trailer for 'Crooked House'

"What are murderers like?" "You, me, everyone." Sony Pictures has unveiled a trailer for Crooked House, adapted from Agatha Christie's 1949 novel of the same name. Max Irons stars as Charles Hayward, spy-turned-private-detective who is invited to help solve a gruesome, mysterious death of a wealthy patriarch. Nobody is above suspicion, including Sophia, his client and former lover. The powerhouse ensemble cast includes Glenn Close, Stefanie Martini, Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, Julian Sands, Christian McKay, Amanda Abbington, and Terence Stamp. This looks like it could be a good double feature with this year's remake of Murder on the Orient Express, especially since they are both Agatha Christie adaptations. There's some strong performances featured here, might be worth a look. Check it out. Here's the official trailer for Gilles Paquet-Brenner's Crooked House, direct from Sony's YouTube: In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of
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Trailer for Agatha Christie adaptation Crooked House

Sony Pictures has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming mystery drama Crooked House. Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the film is based on Agatha Christie’s 1949 detective novel and stars Max Irons, Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Terence Stamp, Stefanie Martini, Julian Sands, Amanda Abbington, Christian McKay, and Honor Kneafsey; watch it below after the official synopsis…

In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the old man’s widow 50 years his junior (Christina Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith
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‘The Leisure Seeker’ Trailer: Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland Go for One Last Ride — Watch

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Sony Pictures Classics released the trailer for “The Leisure Seeker,” which reminds us that road trips aren’t just for young ‘uns. Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star in Paolo Virzì’s English-language debut. Watch below.

Read More:‘The Leisure Seeker’: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Paolo Virzì’s Drama Starring Helen Mirren

Here’s the synopsis: “Traveling in their family Leisure Seeker vintage recreational vehicle, John and Ella Spencer take one last road trip from Boston to the Hemingway House in the Florida Keys before his Alzheimer’s and her cancer can catch up with them.” Mirren and Sutherland haven’t shared the screen since 1990’s “Bethune: The Making of a Hero.”

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Kristy Mitchell, Christian McKay, Robert Praigo, and Janel Moloney co-star in the film, which
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Venice Film Review: ‘The Leisure Seeker’

Venice Film Review: ‘The Leisure Seeker’
There are Alzheimer’s movies that cut to the quick, like “Still Alice,” and then there are Alzheimer’s movies that pander to the worst sort of cheaply-manipulative old-folks cutesiness, like “The Leisure Seeker.” Maybe if there were one crumb of genuine flavor in this stale cheese, it could have passed muster, but this is ersatz curd, dressed up by the presence of Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland without doing credit to either. The bite of Italian director Paolo Virzì’s best films (such as “Human Capital”) is completely absent, replaced not even by dentures but a kind of pandering gumminess.

With a script that signals every progression as obviously as the large-lettered signs used in homes for people with dementia, viewers can guess after 10 minutes exactly how this predictable story is going to end. Still, with these two pros above the title, distributors should be able to attract the blue-rinse crowd at least.

What
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'Taboo' vs. 'Frontier': Who Wins the Battle of TV Tough-Guy Dramas?

'Taboo' vs. 'Frontier': Who Wins the Battle of TV Tough-Guy Dramas?
Television and movie producers have a weird habit of doubling-up on big ideas, delivering two projects with more or less the same basic concept at roughly the same time. For no apparent reason, we'll get hit with a couple of "giant space rock threatens to destroy the Earth" blockbusters in the same summer; or a pair of "behind the scenes at a late-night comedy series" in the same fall TV season. So perhaps it's not that odd that FX and Netflix are about to serve up competing historical adventures, both
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Frontier Season 1 Review

All six episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

If it’s possible for a show to be remarkably unremarkable, Netflix’s Frontier, a co-production with Discovery Channel Canada, makes an exceptional case. Grizzled and merciless, yet also drab and un-involving, this 18th Century-based period drama is dark, brooding and quite violent. No doubt of that. But there’s little that makes it unique or intriguing, especially in its muddled execution. Cold, monotonous, dimly lit and fairly shallow in its approach, it’s almost as if the freshman series tries to be as dull as possible. In this age of modern television, especially during its peak era, it’s a starkly mediocre piece of work.

In 1670, King Charles II grants England’s Hudson’s Bay Company land they can’t rightfully claim. Occupied by “aboriginal peoples for thousands of years,” as the opening credits put so elegantly, they once held a dominant fur trading monopoly,
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SAG Awards Put Ensembles in the Spotlight

SAG Awards Put Ensembles in the Spotlight
Chemistry is key on screen. You put the wrong group of actors together and it won’t matter how good the script is or how talented the director is. It’s one reason the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture has become such a prestigious honor in just 22 years. Previous winners range from “The Birdcage,” “Traffic,” “Gosford Park,” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” to last year’s winner “Spotlight.” 2016 has provided another stellar group of ensembles for the industry’s actors to choose from.

Notable ensembles that deserve the Screen Actors Guild’s attention include “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Arrival,” “American Honey,” and “Love & Friendship.”

There is big screen and Broadway star power in “Fences” with Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and relative newcomer Jovan Adepo, who bring August Wilson’s play to life. The struggling residents of West Texas are
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Meryl Streep goes for the gold again in “Florence Foster Jenkins”

There often seems to be two different types of Meryl Streep movies. One type is the serious awards vehicles, where she’s consistently nominated for Oscars. The other type is when she seems to be letting her hair down and having a good time, usually to be ignored by Academy members. Rarely do those two types of films intersect, but this week, it appears like that might be the case with Florence Foster Jenkins. Not only is Streep getting top notch reviews for her performances, but the film itself, despite being on the lighter side, is getting a bit of Oscar buzz as well. Perhaps this is the sort of flick that can be a crossover success for her. The early word actually indicates that yes, it can in fact be. The movie is a biopic/dramedy about title character Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep), a New York heiress who had
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Interview: Simon Helberg Performs With ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

Chicago – For nine seasons, Simon Helberg has graced the television screen as Howard, on the number one comedy hit “The Big Bang Theory.” As the show nears the end of its run, Helberg is breaking out a bit, starting with a vital supporting role opposite Meryl Streep in the new film, “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

The film tells the based-on-truth story of the title character, a wealthy women of society who desires only to sing opera, but cannot carry a tune. With the help of her husband St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) and her piano accompanist Cosmé Moon (Helberg), she manages to get all the way to a performance at Carnegie Hall, and the subsequent recording of that 1940s concert has become one of the most requested and popular to come out of that legendary music venue.

Simon Helberg as Cosmé Moon in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins

Photo credit: Paramount Pictures

Simon Helberg
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