We didn’t have the opportunity to journey to Telluride, Colorado for the recent Telluride Film Festival, but that certainly didn’t stop us from following all the reviews, news, and excitement bursting from this star-studded fun.
This is the place where the best of the best will first be showcased before their release dates and the big show, the Academy Awards. Last year Birdman, The Imitation Game, Wild, and Foxcatcher were shown and garnered some serious awards attention. This year’s selections are nothing to scoff at though. Johnny Depp is returning to form with Black Mass, Michael Keaton is on the prowl for Oscar with Spotlight after losing to Eddie Redmayne last year, and Carey Mulligan is apparently crushing it as per usual in Suffragette opposite Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter.
We hope to screen some of these future awards contenders in the next coming months. If you are interested in a certain film to be screened here please let us know on our Facebook page or comment on this blog. We’re not wanting to sway you by any means, but these reviews might.
Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
“This is Depp bringing his skills to the table as a man with a propensity for being both terrifying and charming, often switching between the two on a dime...Ultimately, this is Depp’s show all the way, featuring his best dramatic performance since another organized-crime movie, 1997’s “Donnie Brasco.” If this is the milieu we need to keep him this focused as a thespian, then get out those pinky rings, Hollywood, and make Depp more offers he can’t refuse.”
Justin Chang, Variety
“An enthralling performance by Michael Fassbender fuels this brilliant, infuriating and richly unconventional take on the life of an American visionary...This is an actor who knows exactly how to toss off Sorkin’s dialogue, emphasizing rhythm and inflection over volume, while embodying confidence and authority in his every atom.”
Dave Calhoun, Time Out
“Thomas McCarthy is an unfussy, low-key director (The Visitor, The Station Agent), and that style suits Spotlight, which is all muted colors, linear storytelling and unobtrusive camerawork. It allows the ensemble cast to shine without showing off: Michael Keaton, fresh from Birdman, makes a second, perhaps even better comeback as Bostonian Robby Robinson who heads up the paper’s investigative team…”
Cath Clarke, Time Out
“It’s a tremendous, awards-worthy performance from Mulligan. The film plays out in her eyes. You see the emotion flicker in her face as Maud wakes up and finds her voice. The rest of the cast is excellent too – including Anne-Marie Duff as a gobby suffragette working in the laundry and Helena Bonham Carter as a pharmacist cooking up homemade bombs.”
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
“Overall, it’s a decent shot at a tall target, but real credit is due the lead actors, with Larson expanding beyond the already considerable range she’s previously shown with an exceedingly dimensional performance in a role that calls for running the gamut, and Tremblay always convincing without ever becoming cloying.”