As proven with Miss Sloane,Jessica Chastain proves that she’s at home with rapid fire dialogue, and now she teams up with the master of that aesthetic with Oscar winning scribe Aaron Sorkin. His feature directing debut Molly’s Game is the true story of how skier Molly Bloom (Chastain) became the operator of a high stakes poker game in Los Angeles and New York. Also the author of a bestselling book based on her poker days, Bloom was also in trouble with the law, and Idris Elba co-stars as the lawyer who helps Bloom through the legal process. The picture features standout work from Chastain and hopefully she’ll be remembered come Oscar nominations time.
Also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Blame and American Folk, two indie January releases that also deliver Grade A narratives. Our divergent opinions on Call Me By Your Name (I loved it) is also covered on the show – take a listen below and feel free to comment!
The great news about this episode of CinemAddicts is there are a ton of great movies that are being reviewed. November featured the top releases Lady Bird and the transcendent Call Me By Your Name, and both films are covered on the show. Unfortunately, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which is receiving its share of excellent reviews, simply didn’t float my boat (it doesn’t reach the cinematic heights of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone).
Although there’s a formal review embargo on The Post, reactions to the film have been allowed. The bottom line is that this is Steven Spielberg’s strongest film in years (possibly since Munich) and features solid work from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The Post is this year’s frontrunner for Best Film, and don’t be surprised if Spielberg wins a Best Director Oscar.
Other films covered on the program include Molly’s Game, which features an A-list performance from Jessica Chastain. and two excellent Westerns (The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Hostiles). Check out the latest installment of CinemAddicts below!!
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts we cover the films we’re looking forward to in the month of November. Topping that list is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which is opening in limited release November 17. The flick, which is getting a ton of critical praise, will surely net another Oscar nomination for Frances McDormand who plays a mother who is trying to find justice for her daughter’s murder.
Several films are also reviewed in the podcast, as I discuss the upcoming films My Friend Dahmer, Sweet Virginia, and Blade of the Immortal. Ross Lynch gives one of this year’s best performances as the young Jeffrey Dahmer, and this Disney and music star proves he can take on challenging dramatic material (the house featured in the film is Dahmer’s actual childhood home). Opening November 17, Sweet Virginia is a first rate, Alaskan set thriller starring Jon Bernthal and Christopher Abbott. Blade of the Immortal, like My Friend Dahmer, opens November 3 and is director Takashi Miike’s latest samurai masterpiece.
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October is upon us and the most highly anticipated film of the month is Blade Runner 2049. Already receiving stellar reviews, Blade Runner 2049 may be one of the rare movies that improves upon the iconic original. Directed by Arrival and Sicario filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, the feature marks the return of former LAPD blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). Ryan Gosling is simply known as K, the officer who’s searching for Deckard. Blade Runner 2049 opens nationwide October 6.
Critics darling Todd Haynes (Carol, Far from Heaven) is back with Wonderstruck, a storyline that follows the journey of two children living in different time periods. Julianne Moore, who previously worked with Haynes in Far From Heaven and Safe, reunites with Haynes in the feature that’s adapted by Brian Selznick’s book. Wonderstruck opens in limited release October 20.
Better Watch Out, the Harry Dean Stanton headlined Lucky, and Una (which features Carol actress Rooney Mara) are also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts. Take a listen below and feel free to comment!
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts we preview the September releases Mother!, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, It, and American Assassin.
One smaller scale feature that’s worth a look is Rebel in the Rye, a biopic on Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger (NicholasHoult). Kevin Spacey is Whit Burnett, the writing teacher who had a huge influence on Salinger’s life and ZoeyDeutch plays Salinger’s girlfriend Oona O’Neil (she would later marry Charlie Chaplin).
Directed by Danny Strong, Rebel in the Rye is based on the 2011 biography J.D. Salinger: A Life and it’s powered by a first rate performance by Hoult as the reclusive scribe. Strong has a ton of events (Salinger’s college life, Oona romance, WWII years) to fit into a 106 minute running time and he does it seamlessly. Fans of Salinger’s work looking for a bit more insight into the writer, or movie buffs who love narratives centered on the art of writing (the Salinger and Burnett relationship is the film’s strongest aspect) should definitely check out Rebel in the Rye.
Rebel In The Rye opens in select theaters September 8 via IFC Films. Check out this month’s episode of CinemAddicts and feel free to comment below!
July should prove to be a strong month for films, and on the latest episode of CinemAddicts we review War for the Planet of the Apes, an excellent closing to the critically acclaimed trilogy. Andy Serkis once again delivers an inspired performance as the strong willed leader Caesar. Woody Harrelson does layered work as The Colonel, the leader of an intimidating army that’s focused on eliminating the world of apes, and Steve Zahn is also memorable as Bad Ape, a new member to Caesar’s family. War for the Planet of the Apes opens nationwide July 14.
Although the official review for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is currently embargoed, we are allowed to officially give our reaction to the Luc Besson directed flick. Headlined by Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne, the movie fulfills Besson’s lifelong desire to make a movie that’s based on a comic book series he loved as a kid. Visually immersive in 3D, the picture is definitely worth a look when it hits theaters July 21.
Magnolia Pictures’ Person to Person may not be a blockbuster like the aforementioned films, but if you’re looking for a smaller scale and more intimate experience, this Michael Cera comedy-drama is a memorable one. Shot in 16mm by Dustin Guy Defa, Person to Person centers on several New Yorkers as they go about their day. Cera plays an erratic, punk rock loving newsman in the picture, and he’s just one of the more memorable characters who populate the story.