Steven Soderbergh went on a self-imposed hiatus from directing feature films (his last effort was 2013’s Side Effects), but now he’s back with the August 17 release Logan Lucky. The project once again features a collaboration with Channing Tatum (who starred in Side Effects and Magic Mike), and it features a return of the heist element featured in Soderbergh’sOcean Eleven films. This time out,two brothers (Adam Driver,Tatum) who attempt to abscond with money from a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Riley Keough, who delivered a standout performance in last year’s American Honey, and a scene stealing Daniel Craig co-star.
Coming out August 4 is Columbus, an indie film that centers on a Korean American named Jin (John Cho) who travels to Columbus, Indiana after his architecture scholar father slips into a coma. Haley Lu Richardson gives her finest performance to date as the youth who strikes up a friendship with Jin. Reminiscent of such walking and talking films like Before Sunrise and Lost in Translation, Columbus is a filled with beautiful visual compositions from up and coming filmmaker Kogonada and excellent work from the two leads.
Also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Detroit and the recent Blu-ray release Black Butterfly. Take a listen below for our August movie preview!!
Directed and penned by M. Night Shyamalan, Split centers on a kidnapper (James McAvoy) who abducts three young women (Haley Lu Richardson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessica Sula) and places them in a seemingly inescapable cell. The catch is the criminal suffers from multiple personality disorder, and nine of the antagonist’s personalities show up throughout the narrative. As with most of M. Night’s stories, a few twists and turns are in the offing.
McAvoy describes M. Night as a “unique” and “original” storyteller which, in a world of franchises and comic driven films, is a rare thing.
“He’s one of the few people I’ve worked with that is committed to the original vision he has in his mind,” said McAvoy. “He doesn’t really want to alter that too much during the filming process. So you end up in a situation that the thing you read months before you see the final film is pretty much exactly what you see in the final film.”
Click on the media bar below to hear James McAvoy talk about his reactions on the first time he read the script for Split.
Hailee Steinfeld(True Grit) gives an engaging performance in The Edge of Seventeen, a teen comedy which, although it has its share of laughs, also has its share of effectively rendered drama. Co-starring Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick, the flick is a welcome addition to a well worn genre.
The story centers on Nadine (Steinfeld), a teenager whose best friend (Haley Lu Richardson) starts dating Nadine’s brother (Blake Jenner). This betrayal leads Nadine to become even more introverted as she continues to alienate her loved ones. That being said, the loss of Nadine’s father as well as her insecurities have driven her to this lonely place.
During our interview with Steinfeld, she talked about the close knits friendships in her life. “Some of my best friends, and when I say some, (it’s) the number I can count on one hand,” said Steinfeld. “I have known my whole life. I guess it’s just having that trust and mutual loyalty and love for each other. (Where) I can go away for a couple of months and pick up where we left off and it’s as if finished or ended the conversation. Having someone you know you can go to for anything that understand you and will tell you what you need to hear and not necessarily what you want to hear. Just having that someone as a best friend.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Hailee Steinfeld talk about how she defines “girl power.”
The Edge of Seventeen is now playing nationwide. For our review of the film, please listen to this week’s episode of CinemAddicts:
Oscar nominated actress and music artist Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) lands another meaty and complex part as Nadine, a neurotic teenager who understandably is still grieving over the loss of her father. When her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) falls for her brother Darian (Blake Jenner), Nadine feels even more alienated than before. Kyra Sedgwick co-stars as Nadine’s harried and often irresponsible (when it comes to parenting) mom, with Woody Harrelson giving nuanced work as our protagonist’s terse yet caring teacher.
“A lot of the times, I’ve felt like it’s the end of the world,” said Steinfeld. “I was able to really and truly express that through this character. Because of times where I wasn’t necessarily given the space to feel and freak out – whether it was because I was working or I was in an environment that was unacceptable. I was really able able to let it all go with this character.”
During the interview, Steinfeld elaborated on the importance of embracing one’s unique individuality, a process Nadine goes through with The Edge of Seventeen. Click on the media bar below to hear Steinfeld:
The Bronze centers on Hope (Melissa Rauch), a former Olympic gymnast whose sarcasm and entitlement continues to lead her in a downward spiral. Living in the basement of her father’s (Gary Cole) home, Hope gets a chance to change her life for the better when she coaches a talented gymnast (Haley Lu Richardson) in a new quest for the gold.
Rauch, who penned the project with her husband Winston, had a bit of temptation when initially completing The Bronze, but thankfully she stuck to her guns. “Even once we wrote the script for myself, there was a lot of producers who were interested in the script, but said they wanted to put another actress in the role they could get a lot more money with – a bigger name and someone who has proven box office success” said Rauch. “We, of course, held onto it and decided to do it on a shoestring budget and do it independently.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Rauch talk about why she loves making independent films: