‘CinemAddicts’ Podcast Reviews ‘Red Sparrow’ And ‘Josie’

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The bad news with episode 80 of CinemAddicts is that Jennifer Lawrence’s latest film Red Sparrow absolutely misses the mark. Playing a ballerina turned intelligence agent who attempts to extract information from a CIA agent (Joel Edgerton), Lawrence does her best in the role but the narrative is a muddled mess. Also covered on the show is the disappointing sci-fi thriller Annihilation which, though it also features a capable lead performance from Natalie Portman, also ends up a big disappointment.

Smaller fare turned out to be my cinematic recommendations in this installment, as the motel thriller Josie, headlined by Dylan McDermott and Sophie Turner, had much more dramatic gravitas than I was expecting. Featuring standout work from McDermott as a loner haunted by his past and Turner as the young woman who changes his fate, Josie is a must watch (especially if you love twisty pulp noir or generally well done dramas) when it debuts in theaters and On Demand March 16. I Kill Giants, a flick based on the Joe Kelly graphic novel that hits theaters and On Demand a week later, is also highly recommended.

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Sophie Turner Stirs Up A Small Town In ‘Josie’ Trailer

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Director Eric England’s Get the Girl was a first rate, genre bending thriller which featured a cast of relative unknowns, but with his latest flick Josie he has a couple of well known actors to propel his narrative.

The feature centers on the titular character (Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner), a charismatic stranger whose presence stirs up a small town. Her friendships with a mysterious loner (Dylan McDermott) and a youth named Gator (Jack Kilmer) eventually, as the trailer suggests, come to a boiling point, leading to a possible tragedy along the way.

The story, penned by Anthony Ragnone II, made 2014’s “The Black List” of unproduced scripts (it was previously titled Huntsville). Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

Josie hits theaters and On Demand March 6.

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Dylan McDermott On Today’s TV Landscape: “The Game Has Changed”

Olympus Has FallenDylan McDermott stars with Gerard Butler in the action thriller Olympus Has Fallen, playing a Secret Service agent who has a pivotal hand in the siege on the White House.  Playing an agent isn’t foreign to McDermott, as evidenced by his co-starring role in the Clint Eastwood feature In The Line of Fire.

McDermott is an actor who’s managed to do first rate work on television (The Practice, American Horror Story, the underrated Dark Blue) and also carve out a solid film career (last year, he was seen in The Campaign and The Perks of Being A Wallflower).  When asked about the changing face of television, McDermott says the landscape has shifted.

“Well the game has changed,” said McDermott, who’s currently working with Toni Collette on a pilot titled Hostages, where he plays an FBI agent.  “When I first went to television in the late ’90s it was like a sign that your career was in trouble. And then after that, people flooded to television. Now of course everyone goes to television because the writing is sometimes better and there is more opportunity and interesting characters and there’s less movies.  There’s a whole host of things happening.  I think it’s an even playing surface now.”

In the clip below, McDermott talks about his collaboration with producer/writer Ryan Murphy on American Horror Story.  “Some roles just stick better than others,” adds McDermott about his work on the series.

Olympus Has Fallen, now playing nationwide, also stars Melissa Leo and Rick Yune.

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New To Blu: The Time Seems Perfect For The Release of ‘The Campaign’

the-campaign-blu-ray-cover-54Available today on DVD and Blu-ray, THE CAMPAIGN is being released just in time to jump aboard this season’s political bandwagon. Comic actors WILL FERRELL and ZACH GALIFIANAKIS play outrageously unqualified opposing congressional candidates under the thumb of big business. More slapstick than satire, the film is perfectly timed to highlight the buffoonery of a flawed political system during an election year.

Directed by JAY ROACH from a script by CHRIS HENCHY and SHAWN HARWELL, the supporting cast includes JASON SUDEIKIS, DYLAN McDERMOTT, JOHN LITHGOW, DAN AYKROYD, BRIAN COX and KATHERINE LaNASA.
At the press conference to promote the theatrical release of the movie, FERRELL and GALIFIANAKIS talked about developing their characters for THE CAMPAIGN and tried to dispel thoughts that they may have roots in real-life politicians. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE CAMPAIGN is available today on DVD and Blu-ray

Ferrell & Galifianakis: On The Road Stumping For ‘The Campaign’

campaign_xlgJumping on this year’s political bandwagon, comic actors WILL FERRELL and ZACH GALIFIANAKIS play outrageously unqualified opposing congressional candidates under the thumb of big business. More slapstick than satire, the film is perfectly timed to highlight the buffoonery of a flawed political system during an election year.
Directed by JAY ROACH from a script by CHRIS HENCHY and SHAWN HARWELL, the supporting cast includes JASON SUDEIKIS, DYLAN McDERMOTT, JOHN LITHGOW, DAN AYKROYD, BRIAN COX and KATHERINE LaNASA.
At last week’s Manhattan press conference to promote the movie, FERRELL and GALIFIANAKIS talked about developing their characters for THE CAMPAIGN and tried to dispel thoughts that they may have roots in real-life politicians. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE CAMPAIGN opens in theaters Friday