Many of Aaron Sorkin’s early creations were fictional stories based on reality — The West Wing, obviously, was set in a very realistic White House, and Sports Night was about the fictional clone of ESPN’s SportsCenter. Lately, though, Sorkin has crossed over that line, and he’s been working on projects about real-life people and situations, like The Social Network, Moneyball, and Steve Jobs. His latest, Molly’s Game, has earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and he told us why, once he started writing nonfictional movies, he couldn’t stop.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was the #1 film over the weekend as it made $36 million to beat out newcomer Insidious: The Last Key (#2, $29.3 million). Star Wars: The Last Jedi was #3 with $23.5 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $36 million
2. Insidious: The Last Key – $29.3 million
3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Flick makes $23.5 million and it’s made over $572 million domestically!
4. The Greatest Showman – Musical toplined by Hugh Jackman amasses $13.8 million.
5. Pitch Perfect 3 – $10.2 million
6. Ferdinand – $7.7 million
7. Molly’s Game – $7 million
8. Darkest Hour – Gary Oldman is getting Oscar buzz for his work as Winston Churchill. This weekend it takes in $6.3 million.
9. Coco – One of 2017’s best films collects $5.5 million.
10. All the Money in the World – Director Ridley Scott’s latest film takes in $3.5 million.
As proven with Miss Sloane,Jessica Chastain proves that she’s at home with rapid fire dialogue, and now she teams up with the master of that aesthetic with Oscar winning scribe Aaron Sorkin. His feature directing debut Molly’s Game is the true story of how skier Molly Bloom (Chastain) became the operator of a high stakes poker game in Los Angeles and New York. Also the author of a bestselling book based on her poker days, Bloom was also in trouble with the law, and Idris Elba co-stars as the lawyer who helps Bloom through the legal process. The picture features standout work from Chastain and hopefully she’ll be remembered come Oscar nominations time.
Also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Blame and American Folk, two indie January releases that also deliver Grade A narratives. Our divergent opinions on Call Me By Your Name (I loved it) is also covered on the show – take a listen below and feel free to comment!
Jessica Chastaindelivers another first rate performance in Molly’s Game, the directorial debut of Oscar winning scribe Aaron Sorkin(The Social Network, Jobs). The true story centers on Molly Bloom (Chastain), a world class skier whose career was cut down after an accident. Slated to go to law school, Bloom instead traveled to Los Angeles where she eventually was managing a high stakes poker game. After a successful run in the City of Angels, she moved to New York and launched another successful operation before drug addiction and an FBI raid led her down a dangerous path. Kevin Costner co-stars in the feature as Bloom’s father, with Idris Elba playing the talented lawyer who tries to keep Bloom out of prison.
“Aaron’s been friends with Molly for a long time – he knows her very well,” said Chastain. “He’s very protective of her story and I’m not sure he would have ever felt comfortable handing over the screenplay to another director. I can’t imagine anyone else directing this story.”
Click on the media bar to hear Chastain discuss why she loved the “underdog” aspect of Molly’s Game:
The great news about this episode of CinemAddicts is there are a ton of great movies that are being reviewed. November featured the top releases Lady Bird and the transcendent Call Me By Your Name, and both films are covered on the show. Unfortunately, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which is receiving its share of excellent reviews, simply didn’t float my boat (it doesn’t reach the cinematic heights of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone).
Although there’s a formal review embargo on The Post, reactions to the film have been allowed. The bottom line is that this is Steven Spielberg’s strongest film in years (possibly since Munich) and features solid work from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The Post is this year’s frontrunner for Best Film, and don’t be surprised if Spielberg wins a Best Director Oscar.
Other films covered on the program include Molly’s Game, which features an A-list performance from Jessica Chastain. and two excellent Westerns (The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Hostiles). Check out the latest installment of CinemAddicts below!!