The Catholic Church can give absolution to sinners who feel true repentance. The Church is a vessel for God’s forgiveness. But their cover-up of sex abuse was, by the morals of any civilized human being, unforgivable. John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary is a dark, complex, and demanding meditation on faith, the limits of forgiveness, the necessity of compassion, the possibility of absolution, and inevitable reckonings. Anchored by yet another incredible performance from Brendan Gleeson, Calvary is the rare film that shows the intricacies of religion without becoming pedantic in the process.
Yesterday, we reported that the 2014 Sundance Film Festival had chosen John Michael McDonagh‘s Calvary to play in the “Premieres” category. The dark comedy stars Brendan Gleeson as a good priest who wants to do well by his community, but his life is threatened by an unknown assailant during confession. Judging by the trailer, this is far less comedic than McDonagh and Gleeson’s previous collaboration, The Guard, but still entertaining in its own way. The film also has a strong cast of supporting players, which includes Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16 – 26th.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival just announced its Premieres line-up, along with images and synopses for the movies playing in that category. Briefly:
- Calvary – Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh; starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz.
- Hits – Written and directed by David Cross; starring Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, and Wyatt Cenac.
- I Origins – Written and directed by Mike Cahill; starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, and Archie Panjabi.
- Little Accidents – Written and directed by Sara Colangelo; starring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16- 26th.
Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama Rush opens in theaters everywhere this weekend, but the filmmaker is already knee-deep in production on his next film. It was announced today that filming is underway in the UK on Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, which tells the story of the real life sea disaster of the whaleship Essex, a harrowing ordeal that inspired Herman Melvile’s Moby Dick. In 1819, the ship was rammed by an angry sperm whale in the South Pacific. The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism.
We’ve already seen some set photos of Howard’s period-specific sets and ships, and there will likely be a frame story device in the pic since Ben Whishaw has been cast as Melville and Brendan Gleeson is poised to play an older version of Tom Holland’s character. Chris Hemsworth leads a cast that also includes Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, and Jordi Molla. Hit the jump for the full press release, and click here to watch Steve’s recent interview with Howard.
A couple more actors have joined the ranks of director Ron Howard’s upcoming ocean-set drama In the Heart of the Sea. The film tells the story of the real life sea disaster of the whaleship Essex, a harrowing ordeal that inspired Herman Melvile’s Moby Dick. In 1819, the ship was rammed by an angry sperm whale in the South Pacific. The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism. Variety reports that Brendan Gleeson has joined the cast and is set to play an older version of one of the surviving crewmembers who is interviewed years later by Melville. Additionally, Sam Keeley (Godzilla) is set to play one of the crew members aboard the ship.
Gleeson and Keeley join an impressive ensemble that includes Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Holland. Production begins this September. Hit the jump for casting news concerning the indie Walter.
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. The Company You Keep opens tomorrow in limited release.]
Chase films probably shouldn’t feature septuagenarians. Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep is two movies: one is a surprisingly entertaining investigative thriller, and the other is the most casual, least threatening chase flick I’ve ever seen. Redford has lined-up a tremendous cast, yet spreads them around in weak bit parts, leaving the majority of the picture to himself and Shia LaBeouf. Mixed between their characters’ two stories are confused messages about the value of the truth and rallying for your beliefs (provided it’s not too much of an inconvenience).
A new trailer for director Robert Redford’s thriller The Company You Keep has been released online. In addition to directing, Redford also stars in the film as a civil rights lawyer who must go on the run when he’s outed by a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) as being a former 1970s Weather Underground militant. The trailer teases an engrossing thriller with a stellar ensemble cast that includes Susan Sarandon, Anna Kendrick, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, and Brit Marling. LaBeouf looks to be in fine form as well as the film’s lead, and I’m eager to see how Redford expands on the plot’s themes in the full feature.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from last year’s Toronto Film Festival. The pic also stars Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, and Nick Nolte. The Company You Keep opens on April 5th.
Yesterday, we reported that producer Josh Penn (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and K5 International had revived Henry Selick‘s shelved stop-motion animated film, The Shadow King. The film centers on, Hap, an orphan with freakishly long fingers who learns how to make his shadow puppets come alive, and must use his talent to save his brother Richard and New York from a ravenous monster. Select scenes from the movie are currently being screened at the European Film Market for potential buyers, and now we have a first look at the film as well as the voice cast.
Hit the jump for more.
Chase films probably shouldn’t feature septuagenarians. Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep is two movies: one is a surprisingly entertaining investigative thriller, and the other is the most casual, least threatening chase flick I’ve ever seen. Redford has lined-up a tremendous cast, yet spreads them around in weak bit parts, leaving the majority of the picture to himself and Shia LaBeouf. Mixed between their characters’ two stories are confused messages about the value of the truth and rallying for your beliefs provided it’s not too much of an inconvenience.
The first trailer for Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep has gone online. In addition to directing, Redford also stars in the film as a civil rights lawyer who must go on the run when he’s outed by a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) as being a former 1970s Weather Underground militant. Redford looks to be in full-on thriller mode here, as this appears to be more of an “on the run” story than a straight drama. We actually don’t get much of Redford’s character in this trailer, as we instead focus more on LaBeouf’s investigation and pursuit of the truth. The footage isn’t mind-blowing, but the unsurprisingly top-notch cast promises some great performances from the likes of Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Anna Kendrick and Chris Cooper.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Brit Marling, and Nick Nolte. The Company You Keep will premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will also screen at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.
After starring in a couple of big budget, high profile pics, Friday Night Lights alum Taylor Kitsch is lining up a smaller scale dramatic feature. THR reports that Kitsch and Brendan Gleeson have joined the cast of Don McKellar’s English-language remake of the Quebec film The Grand Seduction. The story centers on a tiny village in dire need of a full-time doctor, and the residents’ scheme to lure such a professional into taking up permanent residency. Gleeson will play one of the village’s residents, while Kitsch will play the desirable MD. Ken Scott, who wrote the Canadian original film, was initially set to direct before departing to helm an English-language remake of his film Starbuck.
McKellar is now set to helm from a screenplay by Scott and Michael Dowse (Goon). The ensemble cast includes Gorden Pinset, Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones and Liane Balaban. Kitsch, a native Canuck, is an undeniably talented guy and will hopefully get the chance to shine opposite Gleeson. He’s next set to star opposite Mark Wahlberg and Emile Hirsch in Peter Berg’s real-life war drama Lone Survivor.
We’ve got an exclusive first look at Robert Redford’s latest directorial effort, The Company You Keep, to share with our readers. In addition to directing, Redford also stars in the film as a civil rights lawyer who must go on the run when he’s outed by a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) as being a former 1970s Weather Underground militant. Based on the novel by Neal Gordon, the pic boasts an incredible ensemble cast that includes Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, and Susan Sarandon.
Hit the jump to check out the first three images from the film. The Voltage Pictures/Wildwood Enterprises production is produced by Redford, Nicolas Chartier, and Bill Holderman, with Craig J. Flores and Shawn Williamson executive producing. The film is based on the novel by Neil Gordon and the screenplay is by Lem Dobbs. An official release date has yet to be announced, but The Company You Keep is expected to hit theaters sometime in spring 2013.
Safe House is the kind of movie that you might run across on cable a couple years down the line and forgot that you had ever seen it. Sure, it’s got a good cast (Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, and Sam Shepard), but it’s so routine and by the numbers that by the end the film it almost completely evaporates from memory. Our review of the Blu-ray of Safe House follows after the jump.
After Sony’s The Smurfs grossed a grand total of $563 million at the global box office last year, they waited a grand total of 12 days before green lighting a sequel. The studio has released an official logo (above) for the sequel, titled The Smurfs 2, but there was another surprising Smurf-related development today. Apparently, Sony has enough confidence in their sequel writers Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche, that they’re now giving the go-ahead on The Smurfs 3. Given that the production of The Smurfs 2 is already underway with much of the original cast returning (plus a few new faces), things must be coming along quite nicely.
Raja Gosnell, who helmed the first Smurfs film, returns as director for the sequel which also stars Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver. The Smurfs 2 is set for release on July 31st, 2013. Hit the jump for news on The Smurfs 3.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about director Brad Silberling’s (Moonlight Mile) low-budget thriller An Ordinary Man, but it was announced today that Radiant Films International will be handling international distribution, and Brendan Gleeson and Abbie Cornish (Limitless) are attached to star. The contemporary suspense tale “centers on the unexpected relationship between a fictitious war criminal in hiding, and his only human contact—his maid.” It sounds like an intimate character drama, and Gleeson tends to shine in small, dialogue driven scenes.
Cornish made waves with her performance in 2009’s Bright Star and recently wrapped In Bruges director Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths opposite Colin Farrell. Silberling most recently directed the adaptation of Land of the Lost starring Will Ferrell. Production on An Ordinary Man is set to begin this fall in Belgrade, Serbia. Hit the jump to read the full press release.