CONTENTS Editorial I’ll See You in My Dreams
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A widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age.
Hail, Caesar! A Hollywood star who, dressed for his part as a centurion in a time-of-Christ story, gets himself kidnapped by a dull cell of Communist writers who plan to extract $100,000 from abrasive studio fixer Eddie Mannix for their major star’s return.
Revisiting The Truth Another look at The Truth and its leading stars: Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett and Dennis Quaid.
Time Out of Mind George seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, a Manhattan intake centre for homeless men where his friendship with a fellow client helps him try to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter.
Please Release Me. - Lamb When a man meets a young girl in a parking lot, he attempts to help her avoid a bleak destiny by initiating her into the beauty of the outside world. The journey shakes them in ways neither expects.
Coming Soon Looking and recommending some of the films that will be released during the next three months.
EXTRAS Recommended DVDs and Blu-Rays out now and soon to be released.
Lamb I’ll See You in My Dreams PHOTO CREDITS: Universal International Pictures 1,2,5,7,8,9,11,12,32 Warner Bros 15,16 Altitude Films 17,19,20 Amazon 21,23,24,31
Acknowledgements We would like to thank the following for their invaluable help: Lillian Schiffer of Altitude Films, Tiffany Kizito of Untitledcomms.com; Hollie Christian-Brookes at Warner Bros., Hannah Tatum and Jessica Askham at ddapr.com
EDITORIAL Hello Mother’s Day and Hello Mothers Everywhere. On this matriarchal day we cannot but help give gratitude to mothers past and present and also remember two women who graced the silver screen with their presence and are fondly remembered as Mrs Miniver (Greer Garson) and Mrs Anne Hilton (Claudette Colbert). Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon played Mr and Mrs Miniver in Mrs Miniver while Claudette Colbert was Mrs Hilton in Since You Went Away. Both of these films were wartime films and showed the spirit of mothers holding their families together, in fact the latter’s theme song was entitled “Together”. So, it may be a little belated, but I thoroughly recommend that both of these films are worth purchasing and adding to your DVD collection. It is another mother who appears on the cover of this month’s issue of MbM – Blythe Danner who in real life is the mother of Gwyneth Paltrow. She gives an outstanding performance in our main feature of the month: I’ll See You in My Dreams. Other reviews featured in this, our 35th issue, are: Hail, Caesar! – Time Out of Mind, and a film that falls under the category “Please Release Me” because the film Lamb is a rarity as it has not been theatrically released in the UK and is not even available on DVD or Blu-Ray in this country. We are also taking a second look at the currently released The Truth, starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett. Plus we look forward and select some of the films that we expect you will want to see over the next three months in Coming Soon. And since the last copy of MbM you will have noticed that the Academy Awards have been presented and celebrated. Our congratulations to all the winners but particularly to Brie Larson in Room for Best Actress and for Mark Rylance for Best Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies.
Here is the list of major winners: Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Film: SPOTLIGHT. Actor: LEONARDO DI CAPRIO - THE REVENANT. Actress: BRIE LARSON - ROOM. Supporting Actor: MARK RYLANCE – BRIDGE OF SPIES. Supporting Actress: ALICIA VIKANDER - THE DANISH GIRL. Director: ALEJANDRO G INARRITU – THE REVENANT. Cinematography: EMMANUEL LUBEZKI – THE REVENANT.
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I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS * Spoiler Alert *
Directed by Brett Haley Starring: Blythe Danner. Sam Elliott. June Squibb. Rhea Perlman. Mary Kay Place. Martin Starr. I want to have lunch with you. What’s your name? Yes. Your name is yes? Carol. I’m Bill.
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Bill. Carol. Bill. Carol. Bill.
Occasionally a film comes along like this one that you may, if you are lucky, have heard about by word-of-mouth. Its theatrical release was limited, its press reviews were no more than a paragraph in length; if that is it was reviewed at all. As for television and radio, film critics chose to ignore it. Why? Well, the storyline is about a widower and former songstress, Carol Petersen (Blythe Danner) who decides that life can begin anew at any age, in her case 73, and with the support of her friends Georgina (June Squibb), Sally (Rhea Perlman) and Rona (Mary Kay Place) all over 60, she begins to embrace a new life and practice her ‘hellos’ but not before she sadly has to say farewell to her beloved dog. She still misses her husband who died 20 years earlier in a plane crash. Her friends try to persuade her to sell up her home and move to a posh retirement residence where she often goes to play golf or bridge with them, but Carol has no intention of leaving her beautiful house with all its happy and sad memories. Carol reluctantly goes to a speed dating event, another suggestion from her girlfriends, where a prospective date is ushered in front of her and they chat for 5 minutes before they move along to the next person, all of which she finds excruciatingly embarrassing.
Back home, she finds a new and unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man Lloyd (Martin Starr). When he learns that she was
once a singer, he encourages her to join him at his local karaoke bar and is genuinely impressed when she gets up to sing “Cry Me a River”. Lloyd tells her how good he thinks she is and soon they become good drinking buddies. But it is when Carol meets Bill (Sam Elliott), a comparative newcomer at the retirement home that things really begin to change: he is self-assured and confident and he invites her on a date on his yacht and it is not too long that he becomes the subject of gossip among her friends; they are falling in love. She tells Bill that her daughter Katherine (Malin Akerman) is going to visit her and when she does, Katherine notices the difference in her mother and Carol tells her about Bill and how she loves him. From then on in we are treated to twists and turns in the narrative but it ends up with Lloyd asking her if she would like to hear a song he has written “I’ll See You in My Dreams”. The film plays on the heartstrings without becoming mawkish, due to the strong performance of its cast. Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott are perfectly matched, while Martin Starr is excellent in the supporting role of Lloyd. It is encouraging to see a film that stars older actresses and is aimed at older audiences. The French have long written the best stories for older women: Catherine Deneuve in On My Way, Isabelle Huppert in Paris Follies, Fanny Ardant in Bright Days Ahead. While roles are still being written for Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Judi Dench, Anouk Aimee and Gena Rowlands all over 70 years of age. So, the subject of ageism in movies and the stand for more roles for older women in movies is as important as any cry for racial equality in casting films, or more gay subjects… But if you really want more films like this one then support them when they are released to your local cinema. There was a moment when I thought that the only way I was going to see this film was in my dreams but fortunately, though a short release, it found distribution through Picturehouse, and is the first film that MbM has had on its cover that is also reviewed in our DVD feature Extras, as it was released on the 29th February and you can purchase it from Amazon or your nearest video store and enjoy the experience of this little gem of a movie.
Sam Elliott in I'll See You in My Dreams.
Blythe Danner and Martin Starr in I'll See You in My Dreams.
Blythe Danner in I'll See You in My Dreams.
Sam Elliott and Blythe Danner in I'll See You in My Dreams. 8
Directed by Joel Cohen, Ethan Cohen. Starring: Josh Brolin. George Clooney. Alden Ehrenreich. Ralph Fiennes. Jonah Hill. Scarlett Johansson. Frances McDormand. Tilda Swinton. Channing Tatum. Here at Capitol Pictures as you know, millions of people look to us for information, for uplift, and yes – entertainment. - Eddie Mannix. The Coen Bros., latest film is a nostalgic homage to the Hollywood of the fifties. James Brolin plays *Eddie Mannix, who is stressed out in his job as head of Capital Pictures, a studio making one of its most expensive movies of all-time, a biblical epic Hail, Caesar! A story of the Christ. Things get worse when the star of the picture, Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnapped by a group that call themselves The Future, a body of Communist writers, who are asking $100.000 ransom to fund their organization. Mannix must also mould his new matinee star Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich) into a romantic lead and save DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson) from announcing that she will adopt her illegitimate child confession from the hungry twin gossip columnists Thora and Thessaly Thacker (Tilda Swinton) loosely based on real life columnists: Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons. The Coens biblical film likens itself to Ben-Hur and The Robe. Movie references are scattered throughout the narrative: the swimming sequences of Scarlett Johansson reflect the swimming star Esther Williams in Million Dollar Mermaid and Dangerous When Wet. Channing Tatum soft-shoe-shuffle and singing the number “No Dames” is reminiscent of Gene Kelly in An American in Paris, while the song itself reminds one of “There’s Nothing Like a Dame” from South Pacific.
Where the film loses itself is with George Clooney who just does not seem to fit when he is on the screen except for his final monologue
which he delivers after being told by Mannix to go out there as a star! But the film also suffers from a mind walk-out sequence when The Future explain their purpose and ideals to Clooney’s character. This seemingly unending exposition practically brings the film to a standstill. The best bits of the film are provided by Josh Brolin as Mannix who is outstanding and totally convincing as a studio head. Channing Tatum surprises with his dancing and singing and opens a totally new vantage point to his talents. But the one star who really shines brighter than all is Alden Ehrenreich as Hobie Doyle, a cowboy star who is being groomed to play a romantic lead. His scenes with Ralph Fiennes where he is being directed to say a simple line of dialogue are hilarious because he cannot even pronounce the director’s surname correctly. The future looks very bright for Alden Enrenreich who was fortunate to be cast in Tetro, his first feature which was directed by Frances Ford Coppola plus Twixt, also directed by Coppola, with Ehrenreich playing the role of Flamingo. Meanwhile, has just completed an untitled Warren Beatty project. *Eddie Mannix was a long-time studio executive at MetroGoldwyn-Mayer and known as “The Fixer”, he had the reputation as someone who could take care of any problems caused by recalcitrant or wayward studio employees and major stars that might embarrass the studio. Mannix had a rather shady past, and was suspected by authorities on both the East and West coasts of having connections to many high-profile gangsters and organised crime figures. In addition, he was accused of having killed his first wife in a phony car accident and was suspected of being involved in the deaths of MGM Paul Bern, husband of MGM star Jean Harlow. Years later, some speculated that he and his wife, Toni Lanier, might have murdered actor George Reeves, star of the hit TV series Adventures of Superman. Reeves had been having a long-time affair with Toni, although with Mannix’s blessings. No such evidence has ever surfaced to support such a theory, much evidence credibly undermines it.
George Clooney in Hail, Caesar!
Scarlett Johansson in Hail, Caesar!
Alden Ehrenreich and Ralph Fiennes in Hail, Caesar!
Channing Tatum in Hail, Caesar! 12
REFLECTING ON THE TRUTH THE TRUTH Directed by James Vanderbilt Starring: Robert Redford. Cate Blanchett. Elisabeth Moss. Topher Grace. Dennis Quaid. The Truth was reviewed in the November 2015 issue of this magazine as part of MbM’s coverage of the London Film Festival. Here we revisit the film to coincide with its general release, giving us every reason to zoom in on the leading players of the film but before we do that let us just remind ourselves of its storyline. Mary Mapes, producer of Dan Rather’ 60 Minutes, comes under fire after a broadcast questioned whether George W Bush received preferential treatment to avoid the Vietnam draft. When the Show’s research team uncover inconsistencies in Bush’s military records, they go live with the explosive story; but it’s an election year for Bush, and his conservative supporters cry foul. ROBERT REDFORD. (Dan Rather) Producer, Actor, Director, Founder of Sundance Film Festival. The influence that Robert Redford has had on independent films is enormous and through the Sundance Institute he still holds tremendous respect among fellow filmmakers and students of film. As an actor his film career has been impressive, starting out in his first feature film in 1962 as Private Roy Loomis in War Hunt. But his career really took off three years later in Inside Daisy Clover and peaked in 1967 opposite Jane Fonda in Barefoot in the Park. This romantic comedy was directed by Mike Nichols and it pitches its theme well. Newlyweds, Redford and Fonda, are imperfectly matched. He is a hardworking lawyer and she, a romantic fantasist. She has rented them an uninspiring fifth floor walk-up apartment in Greenwich
Village. Climbing the seemingly endless staircase becomes a running gag throughout the film. Next came a film which has now become one of the greatest westerns of all-time. He played the Sundance Kid opposite Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy. Little more needs to be said about this masterly work. He teamed again with Paul Newman in The Sting, playing Johnny Hooker. Prior to this he paired with Barbra Streisand in the classic romance The Way We Were. And another romantic lead in Out of Africa, costarring Meryl Streep confirmed him as Hollywood’s major heartthrob. All the Presidents Men and The Horse Whisperer were two other movies in his filmography that highlight his excellence as an actor.
CATE BLANCHETT. (Mary Mapes) Lauded by film critics as one of the finest actresses on the screen today, Cate Blanchett just keeps adding coveted roles to her oeuvre: Elizabeth I in Elizabeth, Meredith Logue (The Talented Mr. Ripley), Katherine Hepburn (The Aviator), Tracy (Little Fish), Susan (Babel), Lena Brandt (The Good German), Jude (I’m Not There), Daisy (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Jasmine (Blue Jasmine), Clare Simone (The Monuments Men), Carol Aird (Carol), Nancy (Knight of Cups). Cate Blanchett has won two Academy Awards. Best Supporting Actress in The Aviator. 2005. Best Actress in Blue Jasmine. 2014.
DENNIS QUAID. (Lt. Colonel Roger Charles) Began to become noticed in 1983 as Gordon Cooper in The Right Stuff and in The Big Easy as Remy McSwain.
Confirmed his ability by taking challenging roles when he played the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire! in 1989. Postcards from the Edge as Jack Faulkner in 1990 and Wyatt Earp in 1994 as Doc Holliday, added to his recognition of good parts when he could find them. And he found one in Frequency as Frank Sullivan. A film that is, in MbM’s opinion, one of the most underrated films in the last twenty years. These three stars spearhead an amazing drama, The Truth that should be seen and given top priority by all film lovers.
Dennis Quaid in The Truth.
Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Bruce Greenwood in The Truth.
Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford in The Truth.
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TIME OUT OF MIND * Spoiler Alert *
Directed by Oren Moverman. Starring: Ricard Gere. Ben Vereen. Jena Malone. Kyra Sedgwick. Steve Buscemi. I feel for the last ten years, maybe that I’m one stupid loser of an idiot and I’m not too sure any more. Am I homeless? This is probably Richard Gere’s most personal movie ever as the subject matter is about the homeless on the streets of New York. In reality, Richard is involved in the organization called the Coalition for the Homeless, providing housing and feeding people who have for various reasons fallen on bad times, losing their jobs, their families and have been evicted from their homes. There is a sequence which shows the interrogating that one goes through to obtain a food voucher and a bed for the night, it is a humiliating experience because George cannot remember or answer the simplest of questions. To play the role of George Hammond, an increasingly desperate man who is homeless, he went on the streets and the film was made in such a way that the camera was hidden from him and he was filmed through windows and doors from coffee stores or just catching his reflection. So the director of photography, Bobby Bukowski, shot from remote places using 300 to 900 millimetre lenses, and they set things up in an apartment or store or on a rooftop to get that feeling of remoteness. This is a story about a person we usually don’t pay attention to because he’s the guy on the street who’s asking for money. And as we see in the movie it’s not something you pay attention to when you live in New York because, for whatever reason, everyone is involved in their own drama. – Director, Oren Moverman. 60,000 people on any given night are homeless in New York. It could happen to anyone, but most of these people would invariably admit that they thought it would never happen to them. They all have a story.
Time Out of Mind captures the loneliness, the frustration, the anger and bewilderment of one man trying to fathom what has happened to his life, the problem it has is that it seems endless and for the audience it has forgotten it has one. Ironically, the storyline showing how people ignore down-and-outs on the street and not making eye-contact with them, the danger that the film has is that audiences will ignore it too, choosing to watch something uplifting instead. But it must be said, that it is skilfully made and the acting is excellent: Jena Malone, as George’s estranged daughter, is in fine form, as is Ben Vereen playing the loquacious fellow sufferer. But one who almost steals the film from Gere is Kyra Sedgwick, who is seen by George pushing a trolley filled with all her possessions and whom he mistakenly thinks is the friend he last stayed with before she left the apartment and causing the homeless predicament that he now finds himself in. The actress researched her part by actually meeting women vagrants and visiting shelters. Like Gere, she walked the streets quite freely while being filmed without being recognized. Oren Moverman states that the film is an observational film. It allows you to spend some time with a man you would never spend time with if you were not in his situation. It not a movie with answers. It’s a movie with a lot of questions that lead to the possibility of compassion. There are no bad guys in this story. There are no good guys in this story. There are only human beings. Another technique that was used that helped to embellish and get into George’s character was what he was hearing: the cacophony of New York constantly assaulting his senses. Sound became an integral part of the film – a character in itself. The sound design was carefully layered throughout the film, some times without Moverman even knowing what the final sounds would be. Microphones were hidden all over the set and they were shooting in stereo sound, which would be moving across the frame left to right. The DP thought that the visuals should be as noisy as the soundtrack. The idea was that Richard’s character is a man in the middle of this chaos and he’s assaulted by the sounds, the colours, the city, this world that surrounds him. So in the final assessment of the film, we have a subject matter that is rarely seen in movies and looking from the inside to give the feeling of what it is really like to be a vagrant and to feel that you no longer exist – you are invisible.
Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind.
Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind.
Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind.
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LAMB Directed by Ross Partridge. Starring: Ross Partridge. Oona Laurence. Jess Weixler. Imagine a place way better than this.– Gary. Ok. Go. – Tommie. Acres of hill grass. Mountains taller than your eyes can see. Looking out at the river and the old brown ragged horses that you can keep. Can you see all that? – Gary. love horses. – Tommie. Lamb has had only one theatrical release and that was on the 8th January last year when the film was distributed in the USA. It originally premiered at the Southwest by Southwest Film Festival in America, the first of seven international film festivals which programmed it. However, Lamb has not had a theatrical screening in the UK, seemingly because of its delicate subject matter. Instead it was made available on the internet. Bonnie Nadzam’s novel was never going to be an easy book to adapt to the screen, and controversial though the subject may be, Ross Partridge has made a film that is quite exceptional and so different to the average film. It tells of two lost souls, a forty-seven-year-old man named Gary (Ross Partridge) and an eleven-year-old girl Tommie (Oona Lawrence). Gary has lost his way in life and Tommie is an unloved child facing a seemingly unpleasant future. They first meet in a parking lot, when Tommie is asked by her so-called friends to ask Gary for a cigarette. He then tests their friendship by driving her off to see if they will react to what would appear to be a kidnapping. He then scolds her for getting into his car, blindly trusting a total stranger. I’m not a bad guy, but I could have been, he tells her. It is the beginning of a weird friendship as Gary takes her on a road trip to his rural hideaway, the only caveat is that no one knows they are on the road trip.
He sees a lot of himself in Tommie and misses a lot of the things which she may have the opportunity to have. Because he has a
troubled past, he fabricates his experiences and also about his girlfriend, so when Tommie catches them together, it causes complications and more lies. There is a pivotal scene when he places a coin on the girl’s forehead and says: Here, the year I was born is now on your head. But the date of the coin is fifteen years prior to his birth. He feels he is from another era. The emotional bonding between them grows to the point that when their relationship must end and they most go their separate ways and Gary drives her home – it is heartbreaking for both of them to say their goodbyes. For this film to be a success, it relied on Ross Partridge finding the right actress to play Tommie, without which, he admits that the film would never have been made. Oona Laurence transcends her age and brought to the role a total understanding of the character. Her mother read the script and loved the part and thought that her daughter could play it.
Oona Laurence: Played the title role of Matilda on Broadway. Her first film was a Short Wet Cement in 2012. First feature role was in A Little Game as Becky. Prominent features since Lamb have been: The Grief of Others – 2015. Southpaw – as Leila Hope. - 2015. Damsel – as Ava. – 2015. Little Boxes – Post Production. – 2016. Pete’s Dragon – Completed. – 2016. Bad Moms – Filming. 2016. ROSS PARTRIDGE:
He has acted in twenty-three films including: The Lost World: Jurassic Park. – 1997. Prom Night - 2008. Secret in Their Eyes – 2015. His ambition is to direct more films. Prior to Lamb, Ross directed Interstate 84. NB: Lamb was shot in eighteen days and employed a crew of only twelve people.
Ross Partridge and Oona Laurence in Lamb.
Ross Partridge and Oona Laurence in Lamb.
Ross Partridge and Oona Laurence in Lamb.
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COMING SOON SPRING EXPECTATONS MARCH – MAY HERE IS THE RUNDOWN OF THE FILMS THAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO GET EXCITED ABOUT OVER THE NEXT THREE MONTHS.
LONDON HAS FALLEN Directed by Babak Najafi Stars: Gerard Butler. Morgan Freeman. In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending World leaders. UK RELEASE: MARCH 3
WELCOME TO ME
Directed by Shira Piven. Stars: Kristen Wiig. James Marsden. Linda Cardellini. When Alice King wins the Mega-Millions lottery, she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own Talk Show. UK RELEASE MARCH 18
EDDIE THE EAGLE Directed by Dexter Fletcher. Stars: Taron Egerton. Hugh Jackman. Christopher Walken. The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics. UK RELEASE APRIL 1
VICTORIA Directed by Sebastian Schipper. Stars: Lake Costa. Frederick Lao. Franz Rocowski. UK RELEASE APRIL 1
Directed by Dito Montiel. Stars: Robin Williams. Roberto Aguirre. Kathy Bates. A devoted husband in a marriage of convenience is forced to confront his secret life. UK RELEASE April 8
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Directed by Jeff Nichols. Stars: Adam Driver. Kirsten Dunst. Joel Edgerton. A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers. UK RELEASE APRIL 8
Directed by Peter Greenaway. Stars: Elmer Back. Luis Alberti. Maya Zapata. Rejected by Hollywood and facing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Mexico to shoot a film, chaperoned by his guide Palomino. He experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, happy to create in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life. UK RELEASE APRIL 15
JANE GOT A GUN
Directed by Gavin Oâ€™Conner. Stars: Natalie Portman. Joel Edgerton. Ewan McGregor. A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him. UK RELEASE APRIL 22
LOUDER THAN BOMBS
Directed by Joachim Trier. Stars: Amy Ryan. Jesse Eisenberg. Rachel Brosnahan. Gabriel Byrne. The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famous war photographer. UK RELEASE APRIL 22 26
SON OF SAUL
Directed by Lazlo Nemes. Stars: Geza Rohric. Levente Molnair. In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner was forced to burn the corpses of his own people, finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. UK RELEASE APRIL 29
I SAW THE LIGHT
Directed by Marc Abraham. Stars: Tom Hiddleston. Elizabeth Olsen. David Krumholz. The story of country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life. UK RELEASE MAY 6
Directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven. Stars: Gunes Sensoy. Doga Zeynep Doguslu. When 5 orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalised conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged. UK RELEASE MAY 13
Directed by Simon Stone. Stars: Geoffrey Rush. Anna Torv. Sam Neill. The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before. UK RELEASE MAY 20
LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP
Directed by Whit Stillman. Stars: Kate Beckinsale. Chloe Sevigny. Xavier Samuel. Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws estate and while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica and herself naturally. UK RELEASE MAY 27
DVDS/BLU-RAYS MbM's Recommendation.
*I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS ON RELEASE NOW Stars: Blythe Danner. Sam Elliott. After the death of her beloved dog, Carol finds the everyday activities that have given her life structure – her regular bridge game, gardening, a glass of wine or two – have lost their lustre. With the support of three loyal girlfriends, Carol decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man, pursuing a new love interest, and connecting with her daughter. With friendship, love, and everything in-between, Carol discovers that life can begin anew at any age. EXTRAS: BONUS FEATURE: A LOOK INSIDE I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS.
THE LADY IN THE VAN RELEASE DATE: MARCH 7 Stars: Maggie Smith. Alex Jennings.
A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that’s parked in his driveway.
THE DRESSMAKER RELEASE DATE: MARCH 14 Stars: Kate Winslet. Liam Hemsworth. A glamourous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. 28
THE HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY PART 2 RELEASE DATE: MARCH 21 Stars: Jennifer Lawrence. Josh Hutcherson. Liam Hemsworth. As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the Rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she has dear hangs in the balance.
CAROL RELEASE DATE: MARCH 21 Stars: Cate Blanchett. Rooney Mara. An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.
STEVE JOBS RELEASE DATE: MARCH 21 Stars: Michael Fassbender. Kate Winslet. A film built around three seminal product launches: the Mackintosh in 1984, the NeXT Cube in 1988, and the iMac in 1998.
BRIDGE OF SPIES RELEASE DATE: MARCH 28 Stars: Tom Hanks. Mark Rylance. An American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for Soviet captured pilot Gary Powers.
*BROOKLYN ON RELEASE Stars: Saoirse Rona. Emory Cohen. Eilis(Saoirse Ronan)moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, where she has the opportunity for work, for a future – and love, in the form of Italian-American, Tony(Emory Cohen). When a family tragedy forces her to return to Ireland, she finds herself drawn back into the life she left behind. As a secret threatens to reveal itself, Eilis has to confront a terrible dilemma – a heart-breaking choice between two men and two countries. EXTRAS: BONUS FEATURES: DELETED SCENES.INTERVIEWS.FEATURETTE.
Emory Cohen and Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn.
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