On November 12, The Weinstein Company Hosted the Premiere of ”Philomena”
A packed house filled the Paris Theatre for this bittersweet drama about an Irish mother in search of her long-lost son who was wrongfully taken from her by nuns and adopted to America.
We laughed, we wept and held great resentment for the Catholic Church yet again. Read More
Philomena is not only my favorite film of 2013, but one of the most eloquent, powerful and perfect movies I have ever seen. A focused and triumphant performance by the miraculous Judi Dench keeps the harrowing aspects of a great story in flawless balance, and every other aspect of this film works like a hypnotic charm. Sensitively and carefully directed by Stephen Frears and brilliantly written by co-star Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that deserves genuflection.
Acutely observed, subtly but sharply written and expertly acted, What Maisie Knew transports Henry James’s 1897 novel to contemporary Manhattan with warmth, intelligence and grace, thanks to Scott McGehee and David Siegel, the astute directing team responsible for the devastating 2001 film The Deep End. This one is just as good, and is equally unforgettable. Read More
Alexander Skarsgard was in town? Really? For something other than the Straw Dogs premiere? If the filming for What Maisie Knew was a little more conspicuous, we might have gone down to Chinatown and tried to talk to the True Blood star himself.
As it was, we just happened to stumble into the wrap party for the movie — a Henry James novel adapted by way of The Squid and the Whale that costars Steve Coogan — as it was winding down at a bar near 46th and 10th street last night.
“You just missed Julianne Moore!” one enthusiastically wasted crew member told us.
What Goes Up
Running Time 104 minutes
Written by Jonathan Glatzer and Robert Lawson
Directed by Jonathan Glatzer
Starring Steve Coogan, Hilary Duff, Molly Shannon, Olivia Thirlby
Running time 95 minutes
Written by Tony Burgess
Directed by Bruce McDonald
Starring Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Rick Roberts
Desperate weeks produce disastrous Read More
Looking for a new movie to see over this Labor Day Weekend? Don’t bother. As usual, Hollywood closed up shop for the summer two weeks ago. Maybe it’s just us, but doesn’t the box-office wasteland that annually occurs during the last two weeks of August feel like a self-fulfilling prophecy? If a good Read More
As everyone’s been buzzing about Tropic Thunder, we wanted to remind you that there’s another satire in theaters, one that might be just as funny and certainly every bit as bananas. In Hamlet 2, Steve Coogan (who also has a small but essential role in Tropic Thunder) stars as Dana Marschz, a failed actor turned Read More
It might be a bit of a stretch, but it’s just possible that the furor over this week’s New Yorker cover is attributable to the summer heat: For irony, as with sex, sometimes it’s too darn hot.
Even for Larry David, apparently. In the August issue of BlackBook magazine (due out July 22), Read More
Michael Winterbottom’s Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, from a screenplay by Martin Hardy, based on The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, by Laurence Sterne, turns out to be a remarkably successful spoof of period-costume filmmaking by way of a wacky Pirandellian pirouette across Sterne’s digressive 18th-century novel, which one character Read More
Michael Winterbottom’s Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, from a screenplay by Martin Hardy, based on The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, by Laurence Sterne, turns out to be a remarkably successful spoof of period-costume filmmaking by way of a wacky Pirandellian pirouette across Sterne’s digressive 18th-century novel, which one character in Read More