First Trailer for IN SECRET Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar Isaac

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The first trailer for director Charlie Startton’s upcoming drama In Secret has been released.  Based on the Emile Zola novel Therese Raquin and previously titled Therese, the film stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman trapped in an arranged marriage who conspires with her lover to dispose of her sickly cousin husband.  Oscar Isaac plays the lover, Harry Potter’s Tom Felton plays the husband, and Jessica Lange plays Olsen’s aunt.  I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival and while the performances are solid, it becomes a bit of a chore when the story starts revolving around two terrible characters feeling terrible about being terrible.  This trailer pits the film as more of a thriller, but in actuality it’s more of a psychological drama.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read my full review.  The film also stars Shirley Henderson, John Kavanagh, Mackenzie Crook, and Matt Lucas In Secret opens February 21, 2014.

TIFF 2013: THERESE Review

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Guilt is a disease.  It’s not some fleeting emotion that can be easily squashed; sometimes it can fester and engulf one’s soul for a lifetime.  The consequences of guilt and how it overwhelms every aspect of one’s life—effectively imprisoning them—are explored in great detail in Emile Zola’s novel and play Therese Raquin, and director Charlie Stratton’s new adaptation focuses on these same issues while also visually conveying the weighing guilt with a fair amount of skill.  Unfortunately, the adaptation and its performances fail to provide any kind of emotional investment in the characters or story, resulting in a visually impressive but ultimately lifeless film.  Hit the jump for my review of Therese

First Images from THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD, LUCKY THEM, SOUTHCLIFFE, and THERESE

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • The Last of Robin Hood (Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland) starring Dakota Fanning, Susan Sarandon, and Kevin Kline.
  • Lucky Them (Directed by Megan Griffiths) starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Ryan Eggold, Oliver Platt, Nina Arianda, and Ahna O’Reilly.
  • Southcliffe (Directed by Sean Durkin) starring Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Shirley Henderson, Anatol Yusef, and Eddie Marsan.
  • Therese (Directed by Charlie Stratton) starring Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange, and Oscar Isaac.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

TIFF 2013 Adds THE WIND RISES, HOW I LIVE NOW, FADING GIGOLO, SOUTHCLIFFE, James Franco’s CHILD OF GOD, and More

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The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has added 22 more films to its already-impressive Galas and Special Presentations line-up.  Among the notable additions are Hayao Miyazaki‘s The Wind Rises, Kevin Macdonald‘s How I Live Now, Guillaume Canet‘s Blood Ties, James Franco‘s Child of God, John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo starring Woody Allen, Sean Durkin‘s (Martha Marcy May Marlene) Southcliffe, and Lee Sang-il‘s Japanese remake of Unforgiven.  This is the point where TIFF attendees’ schedules fall apart.  I love the festival, but it’s incredibly front-loaded, which is unfortunate because that means some very hard choices.  But among these films, The Wind Rises is the one on my can’t-miss list.

Hit the jump for the full list of additions.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

First Official Image from THERESE Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, and Tom Felton; Film Set for September 27th Release

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LD Entertainment has released the first official image from the romantic thriller Therese, along with the announcement that the film will be released in theaters on September 27th.  Based on the Emile Zola novel Therese Raquin, the film stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman trapped in an arranged marriage who conspires with her lover to dispose of her sickly cousin husband.  Oscar Isaac plays Olsen’s love interest, while Harry Potter’s Tom Felton plays the character’s husband.  Jessica Lange also stars as Olsen’s aunt.  The film will hit theaters this September, but is also expected to make the fall film festival rounds in anticipation of an awards season run.

Hit the jump to check out the scandalous image, along with the official synopsis.  Directed by Charlie Startton, Therese also stars Shirley Henderson, John Kavanagh, Mackenzie Crook, and Matt Lucas.

AFM 2012: Images and Synopses for CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE? with Keira Knightley, Ron Howard’s RUSH, and THERESE Starring Elizabeth Olsen

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While walking the floor of the American Film Market (AFM) this morning, Steve was able to grab some images and synopses for a few upcoming films.  Briefly:

  • Rush – Director Ron Howard’s 1970s drama focuses on the rivalry between Formula 1 racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl).  The film opens September 20th, 2013.
  • Can a Song Save Your Life? – This uplifting music-centered drama comes from Once director John Carney and centers on the relationship between a struggling musician (Keira Knightley) and a music producer (Mark Ruffalo) in New York City.  The cast also includes Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, and Catherine Keener.
  • Thérèse – This adaptation of the classic novel stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman trapped in an arranged marriage who conspires with her lover (Oscar Isaac) to dispose of her sickly cousin husband (Tom Felton).  Jessica Lange also stars.

Hit the jump to check out images and detailed synopses for all three films.

Production Starts on Erotic Thriller THERESE with Elizabeth Olsen and Graphic Novel Adaptation THE SCRIBBLER Starring Katie Cassidy

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Principal photography has started today on a couple of interesting productions.  Here they are at a glance:

  • Therese, formerly known as Therese Raquin, is an erotic thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Oscar Isaac (Drive), Tom Felton (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Jessica Lange (American Horror Story).
  • Graphic novel adaptation, The Scribbler, also started production with Katie Cassidy (Taken) set to star.

Hit the jump for much more on both projects.

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