Charlize Theron delivered a standout performance in Jason Reitman’s 2011 feature Young Adult, and now she reteams with the director in the drama Tully. Diablo Cody, who penned Young Adult and the Reitman flick Juno, is Tully’s screenwriter.
The story centers on Marlo (Theron), a mother whose life takes on a new direction after her brother (Mark Duplass) hires a night nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis) to give her a little breathing room. Theron should be in fine form once again with the flick, and Davis may have actually landed her breakout role (at least in cinema, as she was excellent in Halt and Catch Fire).
Check out the teaser trailer below for Tully and tell us what you think!
Theron can also be seen in Gringo, a dark comedy that opens March 9. Tully opens nationwide April 20.
As evidenced from her work in the criminally underrated series Halt and Catch Fire and such films as Blade Runner 2049 and A Country Called Home, Mackenzie Davis has a ton of talent. So it’s great to see Davis as the headliner of Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town, an indie comedy that co-stars Alia Shawkat (Green Room) and Haley Joel Osment.
The story centers on the titular character, a spontaneous and frazzled individual who is hungover beyond belief. With her ex-boyfriend celebrating his engagement to her ex-BFF across town, Izzy attempts to make their party and break up all that happiness. Sounding like a modern day Benjamin Braddock (aka Dustin Hoffman’s character in The Graduate), Izzy must get across town in Los Angeles, but if you know anything about the City of Angels, traffic (and its eccentric denizens) can be an absolute you know what.
Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town opens in theaters May 4 via Shout! Studios. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Now out on DVD, Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete Second Season does a complete about face from its first season and thankfully doesn’t rest on its creative laurels.
While the first season detailed visionary yet self-destructive exec Joe Macmillan’s (Lee Pace) attempt to build the ultimate computer with talented engineer Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), the women are driving the bus in the second season thanks to the evolution of Mutiny.
Tech geniuses Donna Clark (Kerry Bishé) and Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) were often at loggerheads during the first season, and though they have teamed up to form the gaming company Mutiny, both have different visions of how to proceed. Although Gordon received a huge cash payout from his previous company thanks to his PC ventures, he’s adrift without a new venture and eventually enlists the aid of an exiled Joe to secretly give Mutiny a much needed boost.
Don’t let the low ratings from the first two seasons detract you from checking out Halt and Catch Fire, as the excellent work from the four leads, solid writing (each character have huge and compelling arcs on the show), and an interesting subject (the rise of the personal computing and the online gaming age) places it on a pretty high echelon.
Special Features on the DVD Include:
Inside Episodes 201-210: The featurette comes with cast and crew comments on each of season two’s episodes. Along with the headliners, co-creators Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers and executive producers Jonathan Lisco, Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson are featured in the segment.
History of Now – Actresses Kerry Bishé and Mackenzie Davis, along with the producers, detail the show’s evolution from the PC building of season one to the growth of the gaming company Mutiny.
The New Joe – Actor Lee Pace and the show’s creators discuss the evolution of Joe MacMillan in season two.
Tour of an ’80s Startup – Kerry Bishé and Mackeznie Davis give a personal tour of Mutiny’s set (the company’s employees work out of Cameron’s home).
Set Tour with Lee Pace and Scoot McNairy – Another set tour which details more locations that are utilized on the program.
Season three of Halt and Catch Fire premieres August 23 on AMC.
A Country Called Home, now available on DVD, and for download on iTunesandAmazon, marks the debut of feature filmmaker Anna Axster and contains beautifully rendered performances from Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, and Oscar winning musician/songwriter Ryan Bingham.
The story centers on Ellie, a woman who’s still trying to make her way in Los Angeles. With the passing of her estranged father, Ellie ventures to a small town in Texas to pick up the pieces of their fractured relationship.Whilemaking the arrangements for her father’s funeral, Ellie forms bonds with an aspiring country singer (a spirited Mackenzie Davis) and a single dad(Ryan Bingham) who understandably struggles with his alcoholic mother’s(Mary McCormack) irresponsible nature.
Axster’s passion for cinema came at an early age when realizing the medium’s potential for capturing life’s most intimate and subtle moments.“I always loved going to the theater but felt that it was kind of a bummer that the really small moments, the little gestures, and the little look in the eyes and the quiet, subtle beats were hard to get across in theater,” said Axster, who worked with scribe Jim Beggarly on the screenplay. “So early on I felt it was really inspiring that the camera could capture those moments and so that was something that was just inspiring to me and driving me. A lot of times those are the most interesting times in life as well.”
The film debuted last year the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF), and having the chance to talk about the story with an audience has beena gratifying part of Axster’s journey.“A lot of people that I had never met in my life came up and told me about their parents or their family or their stories and experiences with alcoholism,” said Axster. “That obviously means the world that the story and the film was able to touch someone in some way, shape, or form.”
For more information on A Country Called Home, check out our exclusive Anna Axster interview on Deepest Dream.
On this week’s episode of CinemAddicts, we cover Triple 9, a riveting heist thriller/crime drama which features a top-notch cast (Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, and Chiwetel Ejiofor). Directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless), the picture has a ton of narrative ambition and a healthy share of action scenes that should keep viewers enthralled.
After Triple 9, Anderson Cowanand I chime in on Standoff, a tight-fisted feature that centers on a down and out military vet named Carter (Thomas Jane) who is attempting to protect a 12-year-old girl (Ella Ballentine) from a hitman (Laurence Fishburne, deliciously chewing scenery). Mainly set inside Carter’s out in the middle of nowhere, two story home, Standoff runs just 86 minutes and opens Friday in limited release (it is also currently available on VOD).
Last but definitely not least, my personal pick of the week is the subtle yet evocative A Country Called Home, an indie drama which marks the directing debut of writer/filmmaker Anna Axster, centers on Ellie (Imogen Poots), a woman who’s adrift and a bit frustrated living in Los Angeles. After her estranged father’s death, she travels to a small town in Texas to bury her dad and meet his extended family, which includes his irresponsible, alcoholic companion Amanda (Mary McCormack) and her hard working son Jack (musician Ryan Bingham). Halt and Catch Fire’s Mackenzie Davis is Reno, a wannabe country singer who bonds with Ellie during her stay. June Squibb (Nebraska) plays Ellie’s loving grandmother.
Lastly, my personal Blu-ray selection this week is the horror-thriller Estranged while Anderson chimes in on the 2014 documentary The Seven Five.
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