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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The female revolution in Hollywood continues. In the last couple of years, we’ve had new heroines in the Star Wars saga, a trio of Ghostbustin’ gals, and now an action movie where it’s the women leading the way in the fight for survival. Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as a biologist who goes on a risky mission into an environmental disaster zone, and she says she’s been amazed at the way this latest gender twist has been received.
Annihilation, which also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson,is in theaters now.
Oscar Isaac’s first collaboration with Alex Garland was the sublime futuristic thriller Ex Machina, a project which turned Alicia Vikander into a star. Now he’s back with Garland with Annihilation, and he says that “95%” of his scenes are with fellow Star Wars vet Natalie Portman.
The picture, based on the James VanderMeer novel, centers on a biologist and ex soldier (Portman) who joins an expedition team to figure out what happened to her husband (Isaac).
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Garland, who penned Annihilation’s script, previously wrote the scripts for Sunshine, 28 Days Later and Dredd. Co-starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson, Annihilation opens nationwide February 23.
Aside from the Star Wars movies, Natalie Portman has steered clear of the science fiction genre. She did, however, sign on for the new sci-fi flick Annihilation, and she told us why she decided to make the film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Natalie Portman)
Natalie Portmanhas signed on director Brady Corbet’s (The Childhood of a Leader) next project Vox Lux. The storyline, featuring songs penned by Grammy nominated artist Sia, centers on Celeste (Portman), a woman who overcomes a major tragedy to become a pop superstar. Jude Law co-stars in the feature which starts shooting February 1 in New York City. The project, which begins in 1999 and follows Celeste’s evolution to the present day, will be produced by Bold Films and Andrew Lauren Productions.
“We are thrilled to welcome such a stellar actress as Natalie Portmanto the cast,” said Bold Films Chairman Michel Litvak.
Corbet initially carved out a career as an actor, working on such first rate pictures as thirteen, Simon Killer, and Force Majeure. Portman, who directed and starred in the 2016 feature A Tale of Love and Darkness, will next be seen in the Alex Garland sci-fi thriller Annihilation (opening February 23).