As the summer season closes out at the multiplexes, two new films are gearing up to squeeze out some viewers who are not quite yet ready to leave the screens behind. One movie features a pretty impressive all-star cast in a genre that is always one of the best settings for storytelling, crime-fiction. The other is a familiar type of horror film that follows in the footsteps of The Exorcist and Insidious, but is based on a true story.
Lawless: A Significant Pool Of Acting Talent
If you are a fan or follower of the HBO crime-fiction drama Boardwalk Empire, then you may want to take in Lawless this weekend at the theaters. The film stars Shia LeBeouf (Transformers) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as two successful Virginian bootlegging brothers known as the Bondurants who go head-to-head with a new Chicago Special Deputy (Memento’s Guy Pearce), with big plans to crackdown their operation.
Lawless also stars Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland) in supporting roles. The film is written by Nick Cave (The Proposition), directed by John Hillcoat (The Road) and is adapted by from the book by descendant author Matt Bondurant.
With a very pedigreed cast and biting material, Lawless could be a hidden gem success story at the theaters and a perfect lead-in to the fall movie season that is ripe with critical fare. Lawless is playing at Cineplex Odeon First Markham Place Cinemas for local Markham residents and also wide in North America. The film is rated 14A in Canada and R in the United States for graphic violence, language and nudity.
The Possession: Raimi Returns For A True Story
Producer Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Drag Me To Hell) brings forth this paranormal horror film that is sure to satiate fans of similar flicks like Paranormal Activity and Insidious. Based on a true story, The Possession stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Magic City) and Kya Sedgwick (The Closer) as two divorced parents dealing with the unholy demonic possession of their young daughter, after she releases the ancient spirit from an antique box purchased at a yard sale.
The movie was helmed by Ole Bornedal, who many might now as the filmmaker behind both the Denmark and Americanized versions of thriller Nightwatch in 1994 and 1997. Although the story seems unique, The Possession has a tough task of carving its own corner in a genre that’s been oversaturated in the last few years (which includes the recent The Apparition).
The Possession is playing at Cineplex Odeon First Markham Place Cinemas for local Markham residents and wide in North America. The film is rated 14A in Canada and PG-13 in the United States for mature themes and disturbing sequences.