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Jessica Chastain: "Molly's Game"

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Sneak Peek more new footage, plus images from Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut, "Molly's Game", based on "Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker" by author Molly Bloom, starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner, opening November 22, 2017:

"...'Molly Bloom' (Chastain), is an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents.

"Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and unknown to her a Russian mob.

"Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer 'Charlie Jaffey' (Elba)...

"...who learned there was more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe..."

Cast also includes Samantha Isler, Brian d'Arcy James, Chris O'Dowd, Michael Cera and J. C. MacKenzie .

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Tiff 2017: ‘Molly’s Game’ Review: Dir. Aaron Sorkin (2017)

Molly’s Game review: Aaron Sorkin delivers his much anticipated directorial debut, a tale of Molly Bloom, an enterprising young woman who staged high-stakes poker games for the Hollywood elite.

Molly’s Game review by Paul Heath.

Molly’s Game review

Following outstanding screenplays such as A Few Good Men, Moneyball and The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut with Molly’s Game, another true story based around the exploits of Olympic skier turned Hollywood poker princess, Molly Bloom.

Adapting from Bloom’s memoir ‘Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker’, Sorkin has crafted a two hour-plus opus that engages from the opening frame.

Jessica Chastain leads the cast as Bloom, a charismatic, focussed former professional athlete who was once ranked as the number three mogul competitor in north America. Injury forced her to switch careers,
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Trailer for “Molly’s Game” puts Jessica Chastain front and center

After a short tease posted by none other than star Jessica Chastain herself on Twitter yesterday, we now have the Trailer for Molly’s Game. This drama marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. The pairing of these two seemed like it would create real sparks, and judging by this Trailer, that is certainly the case. You’ll be able to check it out at the bottom of this piece (you must know the drill by now), but before that, we need to discuss the film a bit. This could be a real big Oscar player when all is said and done in 2017… The movie is an adaptation of Molly Bloom’s memoir. It’s described thusly: “The true story of an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target. Her players included movie stars, business titans and unbeknownst to her,
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"Molly's Game" - A High-Stakes Adventure

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Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from writer Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut, "Molly's Game", based on the memoir "Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker" by author Molly Bloom, starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner, opening November 22, 2017:

"...'Molly Bloom' (Chastain), is an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents.

"Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and unknown to her the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer 'Charlie Jaffey' (Elba), who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe..."

Cast also includes Samantha Isler, Brian d'Arcy James, Chris O'Dowd, Michael Cera and J. C. MacKenzie .

Click the
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Q&A: Co-Writer / Director Hunter Adams on Working with Ted Levine & More for Dig Two Graves

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A grieving sister encounters strange, supernatural forces in the new thriller Dig Two Graves, and to commemorate its release in theaters and on iTunes, we caught up with co-writer / director Hunter Adams for our latest Q&A feature to discuss collaborating with actor Ted Levine, filming in a brutally cold winter, and much more.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Hunter! How and when did you first come up with the idea for Dig Two Graves?

Hunter Adams: I was interested in the idea of a dark fairy tale about a young person who has to wrestle with a morally ambiguous decision. The three moonshiners were modeled after the three witches in Macbeth. Like Shakespeare’s hags, I wanted to create mystery around the moonshiner’s intentions and powers. Are they supernatural or just manipulative? Do they have motivations or are they simply agents
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Second Opinion – Dig Two Graves (2014)

Dig Two Graves, 2014.

Written and Directed by Hunter Adams.

Starring Ted Levine, Samantha Isler, Danny Goldring, Troy Ruptash, and Rachael Drummond.

Synopsis:

Dig Two Graves tells the story of a young girl’s obsession with the death of her brother, taking her on a nightmarish journey where she must a face a deadly proposition to bring him back.

Sometimes the road to release is a long and arduous journey for a film. For whatever reason it can take years from the point of completion to the moment where it’s released to its widest possible audience (be it theatrically, or on VOD). It may be to do with distribution struggles, production company breakdowns, a whole other multitude of reasons, or maybe sometimes it’s because the film is woeful. If that is the case then there is either a desperate scramble to re-cut, re-mould (or at worst case) re-shoot or
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Dig Two Graves movie review: and bury this deep

MaryAnn’s quick take… Muddy and muddled 70s-style backwoods gothic Americana only comes to life when it rises to the accidentally silly. Little more than an incoherent showreel. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for movies about girls

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Edge-of-your-seat suspense thriller,” they said. “A young girl’s obsession,” they said. “A nightmarish journey,” they said. I would like to see that movie. Dig Two Graves is not it. Young teen Jake (Samantha Isler) is not obsessed over the accidental death of her brother, just normally sad. When she meets the creepy carnival-esque trickster magicians who offer to bring her brother back from the dead, she mostly runs away from them — maybe that’s the “journey”? — and when she isn’t running away, she’s remarkably matter-of-fact about them. American writer-director Hunter Adams, in his second feature,
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‘Dig Two Graves’: Film Review

‘Dig Two Graves’: Film Review
A backwoods gothic that’s more successful at conjuring atmosphere than delivering a satisfactorily cohesive plot, Dig Two Graves’ hints of horror gradually disperse, revealing a fairly conventional tale of revenge and redemption that should primarily lure audiences with a provocative trailer and enticing casting.

In an effort connect the storyline with prior events transpiring in the 1940s, writer-director Hunter Adams sets the film in the rural Midwest during the mid-'70s. After the mysterious drowning death of her older brother Sean (Ben Schneider) in a flooded quarry, 13-year-old Jacqueline (Samantha Isler), known as “Jake,” tries to support her grieving parents while...
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Movie Review – Dig Two Graves (2017)

Dig Two Graves, 2017.

Directed by Hunter Adams.

Starring Samantha Isler, Ted Levine, Danny Goldring, Troy Ruptash, Rachael Drummond, Dean Evans, and Bradley Grant Smith.

Synopsis:

A girl’s obsession with her brother’s disappearance leads her on a nightmarish journey through a small town’s Gothic landscape where she is faced with a deadly proposition. How far will she go to save the people she loves?

It baffles the mind as to how Dig Two Graves apparently premiered at a New Orleans film festival in 2014, yet is only now receiving some form of distribution. That’s not to say it’s a masterful work of perfection, but well, it’s miles better than quite a bit of what gets released on-demand. It would easily be arguable that the film contains a star-making performance from Samantha Isler, except last year’s Captain Fantastic already accomplished something to that effect. However, here
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Interview: Director Hunter Adams on Release of ‘Dig Two Graves’

Chicago – One of the local filmmaker heroes has been Hunter Adams, the director of “Dig Two Graves.” Shot in Southern Illinois in the infamous “Little Egypt” area, Adams took a shoestring budget and created a tense and mysterious supernatural thriller. “Dig Two Graves” will get its theatrical and iTunes release on Friday, March 24th, 2017, and will play in Chicago at the AMC River East Theatre (details below).

The film mixes unexplained elements with a thriller about generational violence that has plagued a small town. After 13-year-old Jacqueline Mather (Samantha Isler) loses her brother in a mysterious drowning, she is visited by three backwoods moonshiners who give her a strange offer…they can bring her brother back to life. This bizarre promise is linked to Mather’s grandfather, the local Sheriff Waterhouse (Ted Levine), as his dark history is tied to the true intentions of the moonshiners. The film is set in the 1970s,
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Power Rangers Won’t Give Beauty And The Beast Much Trouble -- The Weekend Warrior

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Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

So we’re going to try something different this week, because the Weekend Warrior has been getting a little long in the tooth, and we’re worried that our busy readers may prefer shorter and more concise pieces. We’ll give this a try over the next few weeks and maybe I’ll write a little more when there’s a bigger movie opening.

How Will Power Rangers and Two Other Movies Fare Against Disney’s Beauty and the Beast?

This past weekend, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast reigned supreme with nearly $175 million--over $20 million more than my prediction (ouch!)--and even with a substantial drop this weekend, it’s unlikely that any of the three new movies will be able to
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Film Review: ‘Dig Two Graves’

Film Review: ‘Dig Two Graves’
Strong performances and atmosphere elevate an intriguing suspense tale somewhat let down by its resolution in “Dig Two Graves.” Hunter Adams’ low-key thriller is likely to reward discriminating horror fans — while triggering the usual “Borrrrrrring” whines from others — for its emphasis on character and mystery over action (let alone gore). Unfolding in a small town in the American heartland in dual 20th-century eras, as the crimes of one generation come back to haunt its descendants, the film has been sitting around since a late 2014 festival debut. A limited March 24 theatrical launch, simultaneous with an on-demand release, should help raise the profile for a movie likely to accrue appreciative viewers primarily via home formats.

In 1947 Southern Illinois, two policemen drive to a rural body of water in the middle of the night, dumping two bodies into the drink. The younger, more guilt-wracked of the pair aims a gun at his elder,
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‘Dig Two Graves’ Exclusive Clip: Childhood High Jinks Take a Terrifying Turn in Gothic Thriller — Watch

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‘Dig Two Graves’ Exclusive Clip: Childhood High Jinks Take a Terrifying Turn in Gothic Thriller — Watch
In Hunter Adams’ “Dig Two Graves,” the death of her brother turns into an inescapable obsession for young Jake Mather (Samantha Isler). What follows is is a blurring together of classic horror with fantasy and drama.

Read More: Watch: Fantasy And Reality Collide In Trailer For Takashi Miike’s Supernatural Horror ‘Over Your Dead Body

When her brother dies after cliff diving accident, Jake takes it upon herself to discover the truth. She encounters various mysterious figures, who all promise to offer her the kind of magic that could bring someone (like Jack) back to life, but someone has to take his place — wherever that may be.

If Jake wants to bring her brother back, she is faced with the decision of just how far she will go — what price will you pay in order to bring back someone you love? For Jake, it means meddling around in the dangers of magic,
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March 2017 VOD Releases Include The Devil’S Candy, Prevenge

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Genre fans should get excited, as March’s VOD releases are a stellar bunch and should keep you busy through the entire month. Things kick off with Mike Mendez’s Don’t Kill It and The Institute, which was co-directed by James Franco. March 7th is a busy day, with five VOD releases—Bloodrunners, Devil in the Dark, Galaxy of Horrors, Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word, and The Lesson—and both Elle and The Devil’s Candy make their digital debuts the following week.

Prevenge rounds out March’s digital releases, as it has been exclusively picked up by the fine folks at Shudder, and other notable VOD releases for the month include Lavender (which expands from its exclusive Dish premiere in February), Passengers, Atomica, and House on Willow Street.

Don’t Kill It (Archstone Distribution) – March 3rd

An ancient evil is unleashed in a small Mississippi town, leaving
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Samantha Isler in Full Trailer for Supernatural Thriller 'Dig Two Graves'

"How far would you go to bring someone back?" Area 23a has debuted a trailer for an indie horror titled Dig Two Graves, from director Hunter Adams, which has been waiting for distribution for years. This film premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival way back in 2014, but is just now getting released in theaters March 2017. Dig Two Graves is a supernatural thriller about a young girl's obsession with her brother's death which leads her on a nightmarish journey where she is faced with a deadly proposition to bring him back. Samantha Isler stars as the lead, with Ted Levine, Danny Goldring, Troy Ruptash, Rachael Drummond, Dean Evans and Bradley Grant Smith. This looks fairly creepy, and probably forgettable. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Hunter Adams' Dig Two Graves, direct from YouTube: A supernatural thriller about the generational violence that plagues a small, backwoods town, set in the 1970s,
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Trailer for suspense thriller Dig Two Graves starring Ted Levine and Samantha Isler

Ahead of its release next month, a new trailer has arrived online for writer-director Hunter Adams’ upcoming suspense thriller Dig Two Graves which stars Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs) and Samantha Isler (Captain Fantastic). Check it out below…

Dig Two Graves tells the story of a young girl’s obsession with the death of her brother, taking her on a nightmarish journey where she must a face a deadly proposition to bring him back.

Dig Two Graves is set for release on March 24th.
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Film Acquisition Rundown: The Weinstein Company Picks Up ‘Hampstead,’ Gravitas Ventures Buys ‘One Under the Sun’ and More

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Film Acquisition Rundown: The Weinstein Company Picks Up ‘Hampstead,’ Gravitas Ventures Buys ‘One Under the Sun’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-The Weinstein Company has acquired the distribution rights for the U.S. and Canada to director Joel Hopkins’s upcoming film “Hampstead.” Written by Robert Festinger, the film stars Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson and James Norton. The project was produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae at Ecosse Films. “Hampstead” focuses on an American widow and her relationship with an unkempt man in the Heath whose lifestyle comes under siege by property developers.

“We’re thrilled to work with Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae and the incredible Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson on this film,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. “‘Hampstead’ is a great example of the power we all can have when we stand
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2017 SAG Awards Winners and Nominees – Complete List

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The Screen Actors Guild held the 23izd SAG Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Here is a complete list of all the winners and nominees.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck / Lee Chandler – “Manchester By The Sea” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Andrew Garfield / Desmond Doss – “Hacksaw Ridge” (Lionsgate)

Ryan Gosling / Sebastian –“La La Land” (Lionsgate)

Viggo Mortensen / Ben – “Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street)

Denzel Washington / Troy Maxson – “Fences” (Paramount Pictures) – Winner

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Amy Adams / Louise Banks – “Arrival” (Paramount Pictures)

Emily Blunt / Rachel – “The Girl On The Train” (Universal Pictures)

Natalie Portman / Jackie Kennedy – “Jackie” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Emma Stone / Mia – “La La Land” (Lionsgate) – Winner

Meryl Streep / Florence Foster Jenkins – “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali / Juan – “Moonlight” (A24) – Winner

Jeff Bridges / Marcus
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DVD Review – Captain Fantastic (2016)

Captain Fantastic, 2016.

Directed by Matt Ross.

Starring Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Kathryn Hahn and Steve Zahn.

Synopsis:

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

“Our names are unique, there’s only one of us in the world,” George McKay’s Bodevan Cash declares in Matt Ross’ sophomore feature Captain Fantastic, thus causing all alarms to blare. There’s a very fine line between quirky and kooky and in burying that line in mud, grime and spittle, Ross succeeds in finding an equilibrium, all be it one that often falters awkwardly. Viggo Mortensen’s Ben Cash and his ragged offspring; through their faux-philosophical existentialism,
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‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Fences,’ and ‘Moonlight’ Lead 2017 SAG Awards Nominations

23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have delivered their batch of nominations this morning, with Kenneth Lonergan‘s Manchester by the Sea leading the pack with four nominations. Close behind are Fences and Moonlight, each picking three nods, while Captain Fantastic, Florence Foster Jenkins, Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures, La La Land, and Lion each grabbed a pair.

In terms of surprises, The Girl on the Train‘s Emily Blunt beat out the likes of Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Ruth Negga (Loving) and Annette Bening (20th Century Women) for a Best Actress nod and, for some reason, Nocturnal Animals, got recognition for its stunt work. With the awards ceremony taking place on January 29, see all the film nominations for the ceremony below.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck / Lee Chandler – “Manchester By The Sea” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Andrew Garfield / Desmond Doss – “Hacksaw Ridge” (Lionsgate
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