Love, Simon centers on Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), a 17-year-old who finds a connection with an anonymous classmate that he chats with online. The catch is Simon has yet to come out to his parents and friends, and his secret may be divulged before he gets the chance to have an honest talk with his loved ones. Based on Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, the picture is directed by filmmaker/producer Greg Berlanti (Everwood, Green Arrow, The Flash).
“What excited me about this project is this story has not been told before in this setting, in high school, in a sort of coming of age film,” said Robinson. “I feel it was past due and I wanted to be part of the team that helped tell it.”
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Beach communities in California are as normal as the day is long, and Palos Verdes is one of the popular ocean driven neighborhoods along the coast. Angeleno Jennifer Garner executive produces and stars in The Tribes of Palos Verdes, playing the matriarch of a seemingly perfect family that’s actually crumbling under the seams.
Based on Joy Nicholson’s bestselling novel, the story centers on Medina (It Follows’ Maika Monroe) whose twin brother (Cody Fern) is addicted to drugs. Burdened by her father’s (Justin Kirk) admission that he’s fallen for another woman and her mother’s (Garner) emotional deterioration, Medina turns to surfing as her refuge. Alicia Silverstone, Elisabeth Rohm and Goran Visnjic co-star in the feature.
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The Tribes of Palos Verdes hits theaters and VOD platforms December 1.
Now out on Blu-ray and DVD, Miracles from Heaven is based on Christy Beam’s (Jennifer Garner) bestselling book Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing.
As Christy’s 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) is struggling with an incurable disease, the Beam family persevere through this arduous ordeal by their strong faith in God. Even a renowned doctor (Eugenio Derbez) can’t help Christy’s condition, but a miracle may be waiting just around the corner. Queen Latifah co-stars in the feature as a woman who strikes up a friendship with Christy and Anna.
Filled with solid performances from the ensemble, including Martin Henderson as Christy’s loving husband, Miracles from Heaven is an affecting story that, under Patricia Riggen’s (The 33) pinpoint direction, doesn’t devolve into a saccharine drama.
Special features on the disc include audio commentary with Riggen and screenwriter Randy Brow, several featurettes (“Miracles Abound: The Making of Miracles from Heaven,” “Bearing Witness,” and “Creating Heaven: Concept Art Exploration”),and a “Your Words” music montage. The Blu-ray exclusives include deleted scene and the featurette “Accounts from Annabel.”
In the media clip below, Jennifer Garner talks about Christy Beam’s “crisis of faith” in Miracles from Heaven.
Miracles From Heaven may be initially seen as a faith based movie, but thanks to dialed in performances from Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, and Eugenio Derbez, the film should score with moviegoers in search of a gripping family drama.
The movie is based on Christy Beam’s (Jennifer Garner) memoir of her daughter Anna’s (Rogers) battles with an incurable digestive disorder. Although Annabel received first rate treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital from Dr. Nurko (Derbez), her condition did not improve. During a pivotal morning while attempting to climb a hollowed out tree with her sister Abbie (Brighton Sharbino), Anna fell headfirst inside the tree but escaped without a scratch. What began as a potentially tragic accident altered her life, as she was miraculously cured from her debilitating condition.
Though naysayers will probably scoff at the validity of the aforementioned events, the heart of Miracles From Heaven centers on Christy’s determined struggle to find a cure for her daughter, a journey which understandably leads to her own crisis of faith. Thankfully, her veterinarian husband Kevin’s faith is unshaken even during the family’s darkest days, while Anna also attempts to deal with her rare disorder with as much strength as possible.
Director Patricia Riggen, who helmed last year’s underrated The 33, brings a steady and passionate hand to the proceedings, and though the story will undoubtedly leave many a movie fan in tears, she doesn’t resort to heavy handed manipulation. Instead, she relies on her actors to bring a sense of lived-in reality to the story, and during she also doesn’t get too preachy when dealing with the movie’s religious elements.
Queen Latifah also brings a bit of fresh air as Angela, a waitress who befriends Christy and Anna during their stay in Boston, with John Carroll Lynch starring as the pastor who helps share Anna’s story with the congregation.
Miracles From Heaven is a tearjerker that actually had me hooked to its story up to the final credits, and thanks to solid work from a talented ensemble cast and inspired directing from Riggen, the film doesn’t disappoint. Whether or not you believe in God in neither here nor there, as Miracles From Heaven is an intimate look at how a family perseveres through a life changing crisis and finds a stronger foothold in their faith. Family movies can be a bit too heavy handed and maudlin at times, and thankfully Miracles From Heaven rises above the fray.
Miracles From Heaven (PG, 109 minutes) opens nationwide March 16.
Miracles from Heaven is a film based on the 2015 memoir of Christy Beam, a mother who detailed her daughter Anna’s courageous battle against a chronic digestive disease. Anna’s miraculous recovery from the disease as well as the family’s continued bond through love and faith, are detailed in the Patricia Riggen (The 33) directed film which features Jennifer Garner as Beam.
Garner’s initial meeting of Beam featured an array of questions that were thrown at the author, and then their conversations delved deeper into Beam’s life.
“The first time I spoke with Christy our conversation ranged from ‘what’s your favorite hymn’ or ‘how do you take your coffee,’ ‘what do you call your kids,’ ‘what do you say to your girlfriends on the phone,'” said the 43-year-old whose previous film credits include Juno and Draft Day. “It’s kind of a cheat sheet (laughs), giving me mannerisms that were real to her all the way to really deep, spiritual questions”
Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Garner explain why Miracles from Heavenis not a preachy drama on how to conduct one’s faith, but rather a drama that looks at the trials and tribulations of a tight knit family.
Miracles in Heaven, co-starring Martin Henderson as Christy’s husband Kevin, Kylie Rogers as Anna, and Queen Latifah as Anna’s friend Angela, opens March 16.