THE JUDGE Review

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David Dobkin previously directed broad comedies such as Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up, and now he’s moved to broad drama with his latest feature, The Judge, a movie that clumsily grasps at every heartstring you have.  It’s a soft-focus weepy that rarely elicits any emotion.  Instead, the film feels made to showcase Robert Downey Jr‘s acting ability by proving he can do more than play variations of Tony Stark.  While the movie succeeds in showing the actor’s range, it still feels indulgent as it piles on plotlines instead of keeping the focus on the chemistry between Downey and co-star Robert Duvall.

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall Talk THE JUDGE, the Rehearsal Process, Making the First Team Downey Movie, Their First Day on Set, and More

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Opening this weekend is director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, The Judge.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  The film marks a departure for Dobkin, who has previously helmed comedies such as Wedding CrashersFred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey—The Judge is the first film released under his production banner Team Downey, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey.  The film also stars also stars Vera FarmigaBilly Bob Thornton,Vincent D’OnofrioJeremy StrongDax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  For more on The Judge,watch the trailer or these eight clips.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.  They talked about filming in Massachusetts, how the rehearsals helped them figure out the characters, the way they like to work, what it was like making the first Team Downey project, the experience during the first day on set, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Robert Downey Jr. Goes Dramatic Opposite Robert Duvall in 8 Clips from THE JUDGE

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of eight The Judge clips from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming drama.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  The film marks a major departure for Dobkin, who has previously helmed comedies like Fred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey Jr.—The Judge is the first film released under his production banner Team Downey, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey.  These clips offer a good snapshot of the film’s tone, which is certainly dramatic but also tinged with Downey’s signature quick-witted sense of humor.

Watch the Judge clips after the jump.  The film also stars Vera FarmigaBilly Bob Thornton, Vincent D’OnofrioJeremy StrongDax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  The Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

Robert Downey Jr. Has Father Issues in New THE JUDGE Trailer

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Warner Bros. has released a new The Judge trailer for director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, and it goes rather heavy on the sentimentality.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  Reviews out of the film’s TIFF premiere weren’t great and this trailer lays on the schmaltz pretty hard, but Downey Jr. still manages to be engaging.  I was also somewhat surprised to find out that Steven Spielberg’s longtime collaborator Janusz Kaminski was the cinematographer on the pic, marking another rare foray outside of his Spielberg partnership.

Watch the new The Judge trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  The Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

TIFF 2014 Adds James Franco’s THE SOUND AND THE FURY, ST. VINCENT Starring Bill Murray, Conversations with Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall and More

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The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival lineup is complete!  With the event now just a little over two weeks away, the Discovery Program, the Kids Program and additional selections for other festival sections have been announced.  James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury will have its North American premiere and the Bill Murray-starrer, St. Vincent, will get a world premiere in the Special Presentations section, ’71 featuring Jack O’Connell will play in the Discovery Program and Martin Scorsese’s The 50 Year Argument will screen in the Mavericks Program, just to name a few.

On top of that, Mavericks is now also loaded with iconic talent set to take part in discussions including Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Juliette Binoche, Robert Duvall and more.  Hit the jump to check out all of the new additions to the TIFF lineup.

Check out New Images from THE JUDGE, ANNABELLE, and THE GOOD LIE

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Warner Bros. has released new The Judge images along with new stills from their upcoming films Annabelle and The Good Lie.  Briefly:

  • The Judge: Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder. Opens October 10th.
  • Annabelle: The Conjuring spinoff focuses on the creepy dolls, and stars Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola, Eric Ladin, and Brian Howe.  Opens October 3rd.
  • The Good Lie: The film chronicles the attempt to save Sudanese refugees in 1998, and stars Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and Nyakuoth Weil.  Opens October 3rd.

Hit the jump to check out the images.

THE JUDGE Trailer: Robert Downey Jr. Goes Dramatic, Plus the Film’s First Poster

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Warner Bros. has released the first The Judge trailer for director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming thriller/family drama.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  The trailer starts out with RDJ at his Starkiest, but takes a left turn away from the arrogant individualist to more of an everyman with daddy issues once the hook of the story comes in.  It’s got a touch of schmaltz to it, but it’s also refreshing to see Downey Jr. putting in work outside of the superhero/action-adventure franchises.

Hit the jump to check out the first The Judge trailer.  The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty, and Denis O’HareThe Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

Robert Downey Jr. Defends His Father in New THE JUDGE Image

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Warner Bros. has released a new The Judge image from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming thriller/family drama.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  The film marks a departure for Dobkin, who has worked primarily with comedic material like The Change-Up and Fred Claus in the past.  Moreover, the pic marks the first project for the Team Downey production shingle from Downey Jr. and his wife/producing partner Susan Downey.  I’ll be interested to see exactly what kind of tone The Judge strikes, and I imagine we’ll be seeing a debut trailer sooner rather than later.  For now, this image finds Downey Jr. and Duvall looking mighty serious.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Judge image.  The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty, and Denis O’HareThe Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

First Images from THE JUDGE Starring Robert Downey Jr. and WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell; Plus New THE LEGO MOVIE Images

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As 2013 winds down to a close, Warner Bros. has unveiled some new images from a few of its 2014 titles.  The debut image from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) dramedy The Judge shows Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall face-to-face, as Downey Jr. plays a man who returns to his hometown when his father is suspected of murder.  The film opens on October 10, 2014.  Additionally, the first image from writer/director Akiva Goldsman’s fantasy pic Winter’s Tale highlight’s the film’s lead romantic duo played by Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay.  The story revolves around a thief who breaks into the home of a bed-ridden young woman and ends up falling in love with her, but as we saw in the debut trailer it also involves a significant time jump.  The film will hit theaters on February 14, 2014.

Finally, Warner Bros. has also released a few new images from The LEGO Movie, which opens February 7, 2014.  Hit the jump to check out high-resolution images from all three aforementioned films.

HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN Blu-ray Review

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HBO has become one of the great places for auteurs to make cheaper movies.  Of late we’ve seen Todd Haynes and Steven Soderbergh turn to the channel to get films made, and now Philip Kaufman has joined their ranks.  The man behind The Right Stuff and The Unbearable Lightness of Being directed Hemingway & Gellhorn, a biopic about Ernest Hemingway’s one-time wife and reporter Martha Gellhorn.  And for the film he got Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen to star as his drunken lovers.  Our review of the Blu-ray of Hemingway & Gellhorn follows after the jump.

Robert Duvall to Star Alongside Robert Downey Jr. in THE JUDGE; Amy Ryan Joins Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN

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We’ve got a couple of exciting casting stories to share this afternoon.  First up, Robert Duvall is signing on to co-star with Robert Downey Jr. in the dramedy The Judge.  The folks at Variety report that Duvall is in final negotiations to play Downey Jr.’s father in the pic, which centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral where he learns that his estranged father, a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder.  Last fall we heard that Warner Bros. was attempting to coax Jack Nicholson to take on the father role and Tommy Lee Jones was apparently also in the mix, but Duvall won out in the end.

Hit the jump for more, including who’s in the running for the female lead and casting news for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s star-studded comedy Birdman.

6 Clips and 23 Images from JACK REACHER Starring Tom Cruise

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Paramount Pictures has released six clips and 23 images from the upcoming Lee Child adaptation Jack Reacher. Based on the popular series of novels, the film stars Tom Cruise as a man who exists outside the law and exacts his own brand of ruthless justice. Early reviews and reactions seem to be fairly positive for director Christopher McQuarrie’s thriller, and these clips only reinforce the idea that Cruise was a swell choice to tackle the title role.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and images. The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Jai Courtney, and Werner Herzog. Jack Reacher opens on December 21st.

New Trailer for JACK REACHER Starring Tom Cruise

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A new trailer for director Christopher McQuarrie’s thriller Jack Reacher has been released.  Like the teaser trailer, the new trailer is predicated on whether or not you can buy Tom Cruise as a bad-ass.  Not an action hero—the character even says he’s not a hero—but as a take-no-prisoners, borderline anti-hero.  Personally, I’m just not seeing it.  I like the premise of an army investigator looking into the framing of a sniper, and I’ll show up simply to see Werner Herzog play the villain, but ultimately, Jack Reacher is looking like it will suffer from seriously miscasting its title character.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, and David Oyelowo.  Jack Reacher opens December 21st.

New Image from JACK REACHER Starring Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall

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A new image from Jack Reacher has gone online.  Based off the Lee Child novel One Shot, the Christopher McQuarrie-directed film stars Tom Cruise as the eponymous ex-military investigator who’s is tasked with tracking down a serial sniper.  I haven’t read One Shot, and I don’t know how much McQuarrie’s film differs from the book, so someone will have to tell me if Duvall’s character only has one eye or if this image just catches him in mid-wink.  As we reported last September, Duvall has a small but pivotal role which is significant to Reacher’s investigation.

Hit the jump to check out the full image.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, and Werner HerzogJack Reacher opens December 21st.

New Images from Stephen Chbosky’s PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, Billy Bob Thornton’s JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR, Juan Antonio Bayona’s THE IMPOSSIBLE and Neil Jordan’s BYZANTIUM

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The jaw-dropping lineup for the upcoming Toronto Film Festival was announced this morning, and a number of images and synopses have been released for films that will be screening at the prestigious fest.  Briefly, here’s a batch of new images:

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Directed by Stephen Chbosky) Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd, and Dylan McDermott.
  • Jayne Mansfield’s Car (Directed by Billy Bob Thornton) Starring Thornton, Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, and John Hurt.
  • The Impossible (Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona) Starring Naomi Watts, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, and Ewan McGregor.
  • Byzantium (Directed by Neil Jordan) Starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, and Jonny Lee Miller.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.

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