Seems like alot of the great little indies from festivals of 2012 and 2013 are all being nestled together for release this spring. So much so that I had to do a post on just April film releases alone. Here are the ones I am most excited about and will be heading to the theater (or VOD) for. Check back in my Film Calendar section to see related blog posts on these films after I see them.
The Company You Keep: After its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, I seriously wanted to see Shia LaBeouf as a young, ambitious reporter who exposes the identify of a wanted criminal, which causes him to come out of hiding and go on the run. What can I say; I keep giving him chances. See the trailer and read more about the film here.
“The Company You Keep”
[Jim Grant is a widowed single father and attorney living in Albany. What none of his friends or clients know is that Jim was once a member of the activist/terrorist organization the Weather Underground. Wanted for robbery and the murder of a security guard, Jim has been in hiding for more than thirty years. When another former Weatherman turns herself in to the FBI, an aggressive young journalist, starts sniffing around for leads. He gradually finds his way to Jim, not suspecting that this seemingly upright citizen is himself a former militant activist. Concerned that Ben will eventually discover his true identity, Jim flees, though a safe harbour may prove difficult to find.]
This movie has been on my radar since last fall when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. I didn’t get to see it then and since debuting, it has received mixed reviews but damn it, the cast (Redford - also directing, LaBeouf, Sarandon, Nolte, Tucci, Marlin) is going to get my butt in the seat. Despite LaBeouf’s propensity to do sub-par, glaringly hollow action films (yeah, Michael Bay, I’m giving you the stink eye), his on-set antics, and his super weird yet entertaining-to-read accounts of his very existence on this earth (seriously, the most awesomely strange celebrity magazine cover story I’m ever read), I think he has potential to be a really great actor… he just needs to get his shit together. I have seen some of those sparks of brilliance. You can treat yourself to a promo still from the film before the April 5th theatrical release date.
The Company You Keep // First photo from the newest film directed by Robert Redford. The story center on a young, ambitious reporter (Shia LaBeouf) who exposes the identify of a wanted criminal (Redford), which causes him to come out of hiding and go on the run. The film is expected to be released spring 2013 and also stars Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Terrance Howard, and Anna Kendrick. Loving the look, LaBeouf. The film was just announced as part of the 2012 Toronto Film Festival which I will be attending (yay!) so hopefully I will get to see it there.