Stream 'Starred Up' and Meet Angelina Jolie's New Leading Man
Also on VOD this week is Oscar Isaac in "The Two Faces of January"
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When Todd McCarthy reviewed this British prison drama at last year’s Telluride Film Festival he commented that years from now, the film would best be remembered for launching Jack O’Connell. A year later and the career of the former U.K. TV star (Skins) does seem poised to sky-rocket this fall as Angelina Jolie’s lead in Unbroken .Another showcase role, playing an English soldier abandoned in Belfast in ‘71, will bow this month at TIFF and NYFF.
Starred Up offers O'Connell the chance to demonstrate how physical and volatile he can be. The film has scored a 98 percent on the Tomatometer, with some glowing reviews indicating this drama could end up on end-of-the-year top ten lists.
Warning: The thick British accents and prison jargon at first will leave you wishing for subtitles and a glossary of jailhouse lingo (as was handed out at press screenings), but as McCarthy pointed out in his review, “The story’s basic dynamics are clear enough because they’re played out in such obvious physical terms, so the viewer can pick up the gist of things.”
Starred Up hit theaters on Friday and has been available on VOD since Tuesday. You can watch the trailer below:
The Two Faces of January
Drive scribe Hossein Amini makes his directorial debut with an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s (The Talented Mr. Ripley) suspenseful novel. The film is set in 1962 Greece, where a stylish American couple (Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen) take in the sights. The attractive tourists catch the eye of an ex-pat con artist (Oscar Isaac), who befriends them, although the equally devious American tourists are hardly easy marks. The film takes a sharp turn when a murder in the couple’s hotel bathroom forces the unlikely trio to go on the lam together.
In her review from the Berlin Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter’s Deborah Young highlighted some of the film's flaws, including holes in the plot’s logic and a lack of chemistry between Dunst and Isaac. Overall, Young found the film’s lush production, exotic atmosphere and recognizable cast added up to an easy viewing experience that she predicted would have a nice small screen life.
The film is being released by Magnolia in theaters on Sept 26, but is available on iTunes and OnDemand now. You can watch trailer for Two Faces here.
Jamie Marks is Dead
YA meets horror meets Sundance. Jamie (Noah Silver) was bullied at school and now his ghost is only visible to the introverted jock Adam (Shameless’s Cameron Monaghan) and the loner Gracie (Morgan Saylor), who form a bond after finding Jamie’s body by the river.
When the film, based on Christopher Barzak's young adult novel One for Sorrow, premiered at Sundance, THR’s John DeFore wrote, “It brings high school angst and the supernatural together in a serious, unglamorous way likely to disappoint fans of the Twilight franchise; more patient viewers may find much to admire.”
Jamie Marks hits theaters in nine U.S. cities today and is available now on VOD. You can watch the trailer below:
The Trip To Italy
No doubt you heard all about Michael Winterbottom’s follow-up to his 2010 foodie comedy The Trip, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, when it came out two weeks ago. What has been far less publicized is that it is coming to VOD only two weeks after its release. The film has done healthy business in limited release and some critics found it to be funnier and better than the well-received first film.