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April 2018

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FILM!

A QUIET PLACE!

A Quiet Place hits theaters April 6th (Pictured Emily Blunt)

A QUIET PLACE!

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of PARAMOUNT PICTURES

A family of five seeks refuge in A Quiet Place as monsters lurk in the dark. It’s an ordinary construct of the horror genre that director John Krasinski (The Hollars) expertly exploits by making his monsters prey on sound and the family pray for silence. When a creaky floorboard could mean life or death, when a desperate whisper could be your last, Krasinski terrifies with the eeriest tone, proving ambiance is everything.

In a post-apocalyptic future with thousands dead, the world has been devastated at the hands of primal hunters where the only defense is to run. Amidst this new normal, two parents try to make a life for their kids as they search for a quiet place to hide. From lost cabins to abandoned silos, they tread on sand to mute their steps. They talk with their hands. They laugh with their eyes. And in a moment of peace, the son knocks over a lamp — breaking the glass but shattering their whole world.

Krasinski also stars in the film alongside his on-and-off-screen wife Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns), Noah Jupe (Suburbicon), Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck), and newcomer Cade Woodward. Set to the haunting score of composer Marco Beltrami, the master behind such cult classic soundtracks like Resident Evil, The Faculty, and the entire franchise of Scream, A Quiet Place just dares you to enjoy the silence.

A Quiet Place” hits theaters on April 6th.

OVERBOARD!

Overboard opens in theaters April 20th (Pictured Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris)

OVERBOARD!

  • By Kenne Hoffman
  • Photo Courtesy of Lionsgate

Everything old is new again! The trend of remaking films continues with a re-boot of Garry Marshall’s 1987 hit Overboard. The original film featured real-life couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. A natural onscreen connection and chemistry made this charming feel good movie a hit with audiences.  Hawn played a spoiled heiress who cheated handyman (Russell) out of payment for job she had hired him for. Hawn’s character is stricken with amnesia, and Russell’s character decides to get even by convincing her that they are married and he introduces her to a working-class life.

This version of Overboard reverses the roles. Scary Movie star Anna Faris (CBS’s Mom, Lost in Translation) is Kate, a single working-class mother of three, hired to clean a yacht owned by Leonardo (played by Eugenio Derbez of Geostorm and The Book of Life). Leo is a wealthy, spoiled, and selfish playboy who after unjustly firing Kate falls off the boat and wakes up with no memory. To get back at him, Kate shows up at the hospital and convinces the confused amnesiac that they’re married. As Leonardo tries to get used to a world of manual labor and to his new family, Kate begins to wonder how long she can keep him fooled. Is Overboard the type of comedy that needs to be remade and that people will want to see? If the talented Faris and Derbez can capture a bit of the Hawn and Russell chemistry, the answer will be a resounding yes!

 Overboard” hits theaters May 4th.

GEMINI!

Gemini is now playing (Pictured Lola Kirke)

GEMINI!

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of NEON

She may not play the star of the film, but actress Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle) most definitely steals the spotlight. Behind that cherubic face of hers lurks a sinister energy that shines through a wonderfully enigmatic performance. Kirke navigates this neo-noir by flip-flopping between the innocent Girl Friday and possible Femme Fatale — a thematic duality pulsing through the veins of the film as its title Gemini teases.

On the surface, Gemini is about a Hollywood actress and her loyal assistant. But driving their codependent relationship is a dangerous blurring of lines between insider and outsider, between boss and friend, between friend and lover. Kirke plays Jill, assistant to young starlet Heather, played by Zoë Kravitz (Big Little Lies). Fed up with all the glitz and glam, Heather struggles to distance herself from a public persona that her fans adore as it starts to erode her true self. When Heather is found in a pool of her own blood, shot with a gun belonging to Jill, Jill seeks out the hard truth before the cops can go in for the easy kill.

Through riveting performances by John Cho (Star Trek: Beyond), Greta Lee (Chance), Ricki Lake (Hairspray), and Michelle Forbes (Berlin Station), writer-director Aaron Katz (Land Ho!) moves the spotlight off the bubblegum pop of Tinseltown to illuminate its darker side where celebrity comes at a cost.

Gemini” is now playing in theaters.

Tully!

Tully’s Charlize Theron

Tully!

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of Focus Features

Indie films today are sometimes hit or miss, or the worst part, they just sort of fade into obscurity. It helps to have a familiar face in the quirky, whimsical narrative, or recognize the name of the director in the credits. Tully, premiering in theaters this month, contains the three most iconic names in American independent cinema: director Jason Reitman, screenwriter Diablo Cody, and actress Charlize Theron.

Tully stars Theron as Marlo, a hapless and exhausted suburban mother of three whose brother suggests she hire a “night nanny,” someone who takes care of the children at night so the parents can have alone time in the evenings. Marlo is initially hesitant to let the nanny, Tully, in so easily, but the two later form a bond tested that’s tested by their conflicting philosophies. Mark Duplass — who first started out in the indie sub-genre, “mumblecore” — stars as Marlo’s brother, Craig. Ron Livingston (Office Space) stars at Drew, Marlo’s husband; and Mackenzie Davis, who wow’d viewers and critics in the acclaimed Black Mirror episode “San Junipero,” stars as Tully, the young, unique, and challenging night nanny.

This is the third collaboration between director Reitman and writer Cody (the first being the 2007 indie hit, Juno, for which Cody won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay). Their second film together was Young Adult, in which Theron also starred as the lead character.

Tully” hits theaters April 20th.

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