The bad news with episode 80 of CinemAddictsis 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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On the surface, it’s easy to classify Red Sparrow as a spy thriller, but Jennifer Lawrence says you wouldn’t be doing it justice. Lawrence told us the movie is packed with all kinds of head-spinning twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Lawrence)
In the ballet world, apparently, it’s all about colors and birds. First we had Black Swan; now Jennifer Lawrence stars in Red Sparrow, a movie about a Russian ballerina recruited to be a spy Lawrence told us this was one of her most difficult roles, simply because of the exhaustive level of training she went through. (Click on the media bar to hear Jennifer Lawrence)
You can see Lawrence’s newfound ballet skills on display when Red Sparrow hits theaters on March 2. (A month late… a ballet movie should have been released on 2/2, right?)
Jennifer Lawrence stars in the action thriller Red Sparrow, playing Dominika, a former ballerina at the Bolshoi whose career ends after a debilitating injury. Recruited by the Russian government (specifically by her manipulative uncle, played by Mathias Schoenaerts) to become part of their intelligent service, Dominika needs to succeed in her latest venture to ensure her ailing mother (Joely Richardson) continues to receive medical care.Joel Edgerton co-stars as the CIA agent that Dominika is tasked with seducing in order to obtain the identity of a dangerous mole. The project reunites Lawrence with Francis Lawrence, the director behind the three Hunger Games films.
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Red Sparrow, co-starring Jeremy Irons (Damage) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) opens nationwide March 2.
It beat out all comers with another strong weekend as it made $60 million at the box office. The action thriller American Assassin, headlined by Dylan O’Brien, came in at #2 with a solid $14.8 million weekend. Unfortunately director Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence didn’t drum up a sizable audience for mother! which, though #3, made just $7.5 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. It – It’s #1 for the second week in a row and makes $60 million this weekend. Total domestic gross is over $218 million!
2. American Assassin – $14.8 million
3.mother! – It’s a bomb for Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence. $7.5 million.
4. Home Again – Reese Witherspoon comedy earns $5.5 million.
5. The Hitman’s Bodyguard – $3.5 million
6. Annabelle: Creation – Hit film makes $2.6 million and it’s collected over $99 million domestically.
7. Wind River – $2.5 million
8. Leap! – $2.1 million
9. Spider-Man: Homecoming – The feature, which has made over $330 million domestically, takes in $1.8 million.