On this week’s episode of CinemAddicts, we cover Triple 9, a riveting heist thriller/crime drama which features a top-notch cast (Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, and Chiwetel Ejiofor). Directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless), the picture has a ton of narrative ambition and a healthy share of action scenes that should keep viewers enthralled.
After Triple 9, Anderson Cowan and I chime in on Standoff, a tight-fisted feature that centers on a down and out military vet named Carter (Thomas Jane) who is attempting to protect a 12-year-old girl (Ella Ballentine) from a hitman (Laurence Fishburne, deliciously chewing scenery). Mainly set inside Carter’s out in the middle of nowhere, two story home, Standoff runs just 86 minutes and opens Friday in limited release (it is also currently available on VOD).
Last but definitely not least, my personal pick of the week is the subtle yet evocative A Country Called Home, an indie drama which marks the directing debut of writer/filmmaker Anna Axster, centers on Ellie (Imogen Poots), a woman who’s adrift and a bit frustrated living in Los Angeles. After her estranged father’s death, she travels to a small town in Texas to bury her dad and meet his extended family, which includes his irresponsible, alcoholic companion Amanda (Mary McCormack) and her hard working son Jack (musician Ryan Bingham). Halt and Catch Fire’s Mackenzie Davis is Reno, a wannabe country singer who bonds with Ellie during her stay. June Squibb (Nebraska) plays Ellie’s loving grandmother.
Lastly, my personal Blu-ray selection this week is the horror-thriller Estranged while Anderson chimes in on the 2014 documentary The Seven Five.
Posted By: Greg Srisavasdi