Taglines: Watch for the signs.
After eight months of treatment in a mental health facility for bipolar disorder, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) is released into the care of his father Patrizio (Robert De Niro) and mother Dolores (Jacki Weaver). His main focus is to reconcile with his estranged wife, Nikki (Brea Bee). She has moved away and obtained a restraining order against him after Pat had found her in the shower with another man and nearly beat him to death.
His therapist, Dr. Patel (Anupam Kher), does his best to convince him to keep taking his medication, as a repeat of his violent outbursts might send him back to the clinic. But Pat tells him that he has a new outlook on life: he attempts to see the good, or silver linings, in all that he experiences.
At dinner with his friend Ronnie and his wife Veronica, Pat meets Veronica’s sister Tiffany Maxwell (Jennifer Lawrence), a young widow with depression and relationship problems. Sparks fly between Pat and Tiffany and she tries to connect by offering casual sex, but Pat keeps focusing on getting Nikki back.
Tiffany tries to get closer to Pat and even offers to deliver a letter to Nikki—if, in return, he will practice dancing with her (which she does as a therapy) and to partner with her in an upcoming dance competition. He reluctantly agrees and the two begin a rigorous practice regimen over the following weeks. Pat believes the competition will be a good way to show Nikki that he has changed and become a better person.
Patrizio hopes to open his own restaurant and has resorted to illegal bookmaking. Having put virtually all of his money on the outcome of a Philadelphia Eagles game, he asks Pat to attend as a “good-luck charm”. Pat asks Tiffany for time off from practice to attend the game. She gives him a typed reply from Nikki, in which she cautiously hints there may be a chance for reconciliation between them if he continues his dance practice.
Before he gets into the stadium, Pat gets involved in a fight when some racist fans harass the Indian fans there including his therapist Dr. Patel, and is hauled away by the police. The Eagles lose the game and Patrizio is furious. Tiffany shows up at their house and points out that the way she is “reading the signs,” Philadelphia teams do better when she and Pat are together. Convinced, Patrizio makes a parlay with his gambling friend: if the Eagles win their next game and Tiffany and Pat score 5 out of 10 in their dance competition, he will win back double the money he lost on the first bet.
Pat is reluctant, and Tiffany, Dolores and Patrizio conspire to persuade Pat to dance in the competition by telling him that Nikki will be there; it is revealed that his parents have secretly supported Tiffany’s attempts to get along with him. Pat notices that the letter from Nikki also refers to “reading the signs” and realizes that Tiffany wrote it.
Tiffany, Pat, and their friends and family arrive at the competition on the night of the football game. Tiffany despairs when she finds that Nikki actually is in the audience, invited by Ronnie and Veronica who want Nikki and Pat to reconcile. Tiffany goes to the hotel bar and starts drinking. Pat finds her moments before their dance and drags her onto the dance floor. They begin their routine as the Eagles defeat the Dallas Cowboys.
Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, and Julia Stiles in supporting roles.
Silver Linings Playbook premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2012, and was released in the United States on November 16, 2012. The film opened to major critical success and earned numerous accolades. It received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay. It became the first film since 1981’s Reds to be Oscar-nominated for the four acting categories and the first since 2004’s Million Dollar Baby to be nominated for the Big Five Oscars, with Lawrence winning the Academy Award for Best Actress.
It also achieved four Golden Globe Award nominations, with Lawrence winning Best Actress; three BAFTA nominations, with Russell winning for Best Adapted Screenplay; four Screen Actors Guild nominations; and five Independent Spirit Award nominations, winning in four categories, including Best Film. The film was a blockbuster at the box office, grossing over $236 million worldwide, more than eleven times its budget.
Silver Linings Playbook
Directed by: David O. Russell
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, Julia Stiles, Paul Herman
Screenplay by: David O. Russell
Production Design by: Judy Becker
Cinematography by: Masanobu Takayanagi
Film Editing by: Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
Costume Design by: Mark Bridges
Set Decoration by: Heather Loeffler
Art Direction by: Jesse Rosenthal
Music by: Danny Elfman
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content / nudity.
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: November 16, 2012
Taglines: The best teacher is experience.
On The Road tells the provocative story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a free-spirited, fearless, fast talking Westerner and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart).
Traveling cross-country, Sal and Dean venture out on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them in search of the unknown, themselves, and the pursuit of “it” — the pure essence of experience. Seeking unchartered terrain and the last American frontier, the duo encounter an eclectic mix of men and women — Bull (Viggo Mortensen), Camille (Kirsten Dunst), Carlo (Tom Sturridge), Jane (Amy Adams), Terry (Alice Braga), Galatéa (Elisabeth Moss) – each impacting their journey indelibly.
On the Road (French: Sur la route) is a French adventure drama film directed by Walter Salles. It is an adaptation of the 1957 novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac. The film stars an ensemble cast featuring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Alice Braga, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen. The executive producer was Francis Ford Coppola. Filming began on August 4, 2010, in Montreal, Quebec, with a $25 million budget.
The story is based on the years Kerouac spent travelling the United States in the late 1940s with his friend Neal Cassady and several other figures who would go on to fame in their own right, including William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.
About the Story
The film begins in 1947 with Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) walking on a road before a truck stops and lets him on; he makes quick friends and jokes around with the men in the back of the truck. Five months earlier, on the day his father is buried, his friend Chad brings him to meet Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and his 16-year-old wife Marylou (Kristen Stewart). Sal befriends Dean, smoking marijuana with him and visiting a jazz nightclub where they meet saxophonist Walter (Terrence Howard), who also becomes friends with them. Dean gets a job as a chauffeur (having previously been a car thief). Sal teaches Dean how to write before another friend, Carlo Marx (Tom Sturridge) leaves with Dean for Denver.
After much contemplation, writer’s block and a solemn visit to his father’s grave, Sal decides to join his friends in Denver and embarks on the road for the first time. There, Sal meets Camille (Kirsten Dunst) an art college student for whom Dean is divorcing Marylou. Later that evening Carlo tells Sal that he thinks he might be gay and that he plans to travel to Africa. Carlo and Dean have also started an affair. Carlo, Sal, Camille and Dean then visit a bar where Dean plays the song “I’ve Got the World on a String” on the jukebox and Camille bonds with Sal.
Sal leaves aboard a bus and meets Terry (Alice Braga). The two travel to California where Terry works on cotton fields with her family while Sal helps. Sal and Terry have a brief affair before Sal, realising that he isn’t made to work in the fields, heads back home.
A year later 1948, Dean, Marylou and Ed Dunkel (Danny Morgan) arrive at Sal’s family’s home in North Carolina, having left Ed’s wife Galatea (Elisabeth Moss) with Old Bull Lee (Viggo Mortensen) in Louisiana. The trio eat dinner together and the next day drive back to New York with Sal’s mother. The gang see in the New Year at Carlo’s place. Dean convinces Sal to partake in a threesome with him and Marylou. He starts kissing Marylou, but gets nervous and tells Dean to go to the kitchen. Following this, Dean and Marylou have sex while Sal listens in the other room.
The next day, they ride off to California, while they leave Ed at Bull’s. When they arrive there, Sal and Marylou rent a room as Dean drives to Camille’s place. Marylou and Sal have sex in their apartment the next morning. She then leaves to go back to her Sailor fiancé in Denver and Sal goes over to visit Dean and Camille, who by now have two children together. Sal and Dean visit a nightclub, leaving Camille alone to deal with the children. When they return home, she kicks Dean out.
The two agree to go to Denver to find Dean’s father and then to New York. Having no luck finding Dean’s father, they travel back to New York with a tall thin salesman (Steve Buscemi) who Dean tries to get money from in exchange for sex. Dean has sex with the man which gives him and Sal enough money to get where they need to go.
On the Road
Directed by: Walter Salles
Starring: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Alice Braga, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen
Screenplay by: Jose Rivera
Production Design by: Carlos Conti
Cinematography by: Eric Gautier
Film Editing by: François Gédigier
Costume Design by: Danny Glicker
Music by: Gustavo Santaolalla
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, drug use and language.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: December 21, 2012
Taglines: Sisters, friends, husbands, lovers.
After an ill-timed and very public marriage proposal, fiercely independent Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) breaks up with her overeager boyfriend Kevin (Arend). Sarah turns to her sister Beth (Alison Brie) for support, but Beth is too busy obsessing over the details of her own wedding to Kevin’s band mate, Andrew (SMartin tarr).
When Sarah suddenly finds herself caught up in an intense rebound romance with the adorable Jonathan (Mark Webber), she is forced to examine her own fears of commitment and vulnerability. With honesty, heart, and humor, all five struggle with the trials, happiness, and pain of modern love. In the end Sarah must decide – is it better to stay safely single or to risk it all on love.
Save the Date is a film directed by Michael Mohan. It stars Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie. It won the Achievement Award at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
About the Story
Sisters Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) and Beth (Alison Brie) are in relationships with bandmates Andrew (Martin Starr) and Kevin (Geoffrey Arend). Beth is making plans for her wedding with Andrew. Sarah, an artist, moves in with Kevin but struggles to overcome her ambivalence. At a performance by Kevin, Sarah is approached by Jonathan (Mark Webber), who has a crush on her and has been hanging around the bookstore she manages. He decides to approach her but withdraws when he overhears she’s living with the lead singer of the band (Kevin).
Kevin, ignoring warnings from Andrew, proposes to Sarah from the stage. Overwhelmed, she moves out and gets her own apartment. She talks to Jonathan at the bookstore and a new relationship blossoms. Beth in the meantime has become obsessive about her upcoming wedding plans, causing friction with Andrew and Sarah. Sarah feels isolated when she discovers she’s pregnant and pulls away from Jonathan without explanation.
She eventually tells Beth, who seems to take it as an attempt to ruin her wedding plans. At this point Sarah has a first solo show of her work. Andrew, Kevin, and Jonathan all attend, but Beth doesn’t. The opening at the gallery acts as a catalyst, and all things come to a head.
Save the Date
Directed by: Michael Mohan
Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Mark Webber, Geoffrey Arend, Melonie Diaz, Gigi Bermingham, Lauren Nash, Kristin Slaysman
Screenplay by: Jeffrey Brown, Michael Mohan, Egan Reich
Production Design by: Cindy Chao, Michele Yu
Cinematography by: Elisha Christian
Film Editing by: Christian Masini
Costume Design by: Mirren Gordon-Crozier
Set Decoration by: Ann Hadlock
Music by: Hrishikesh Hirway
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language and brief drug use.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: December 14, 2012
After years of marriage, Pete lives in a house of all females: wife Debbie and their two daughters, eight-year-old Charlotte and 13-year-old Sadie. As he struggles to keep his record label afloat, he and Debbie must figure out how to forgive, forget and enjoy the rest of their lives… before they kill each other. In his fourth directorial outing, Judd Apatow’s new comedy captures what it takes for one family to flourish in the middle of a lifetime together. We follow one couple’s three-week navigation of sex and romance, career triumphs and financial hardships, aging parents and maturing children.
Production designer Jefferson Sage, who has worked with Apatow since FREAKS AND GEEKS, shares a shorthand with his director. He sums their design inspiration for this comedy: “In KNOCKED UP, we had the guys live in the Valley to contrast with Pete and Debbie’s family in Brentwood. There was a divide there, and the city played in between those places. This story is more centered in the home and in the neighborhood where they shop and go for coffee and where Pete rides his bike. We kept our location scouting close to those addresses so it would feel right.”
For continuity, Apatow was committed to returning to the same house in Brentwood that was used for exteriors in KNOCKED UP. “We knew that we were going to go back to the location,” says the designer. “For that movie, we built a set on stage that was the upstairs. That allowed us to shoot on location, shoot onstage and then the two sets would look like the same house. That was the plan for this movie.”
In the last film, the family had the perfect home. But a lot has changed in five years, as stress has fractured Pete and Debbie’s marriage. Sage says: “When we came back to the house, we found that it had grown in a lot. The trees were fuller; the hedges were overgrown. It lent this sense of the place being less managed than the last time we were there. It made the place look like it was receding a bit. That worked for us because this family is at the edge of their finances and they’ve secretly put it on the market. So that was a perfect, subtle shift for this movie.”
The two men discussed what worked well before and how they would change the sets for THIS IS 40. When it came to rebuilding, Sage wasn’t worried. “Designwise, I knew the house quite well,” he explains. “I dug out my research from KNOCKED UP to refresh my memory. It was easy to quickly move to the stage set and think about how to tweak it. But a number of the rooms were quite close to what we filmed last time. For example, we knew the master bedroom worked. Since five years have gone by, however, that left us open to make decorating changes. But the architecture, particularly of that room, virtually stayed the same. I fixed a couple of problems that got built into the set the first time. That’s the benefit of experience and realizing I put columns in the wrong place.”
To underscore the sense that the family was growing apart, Apatow told Sage that he wanted the house to feel bigger and emptier, which would make it harder for the family to connect. One of his directives was that the rooms should be far from one another, so in order to get to the kids’ rooms, one would have to walk down a long, serpentine path. For the girls’ spaces, Sage’s team created two large rooms that were joined through a common bathroom. This way, when the girls had a conflict, there was a way for them to fight privately without going into the rest of the house.
Now that Pete is an entrepreneur who’s started his own small record label, the home office he shares with Debbie reflects more of his personal interests. The design team found great rock memorabilia that Pete would have collected over the years, and they photoshopped pictures of celebrities with whom Pete would have rubbed elbows. Because Rudd is heavily involved with music, he had in his collection pictures of himself with Mick Jagger, as well as shots with other musicians that were used in the film.
Pete’s 40th birthday party was held in the backyard. By covering the area with an overscaled pergola, removing a fence that cut off the pool from the rest of the yard, and building an inground trampoline, the crew made the area feel like one massive space. Discussing the barbecue, Apatow says: “I watched it cut together, and it was intense and funny. We have this serious argument happening, and then we intercut it with Jason and Chris hitting on Megan, and Chris hitting on Charlyne, then Charlyne trying to get drugs from Graham. I thought if I could mix up the soup a bit, it would be fun to cut around and not seem like one giant scene.” Debbie opened Lulu’s as a side business, but it now provides stable income. Unfortunately, her success – until she realizes someone is stealing – is another strain on her marriage. For the set, the production chose an Apatow family friend’s store, Denise Carolyn, to double as the clothing boutique. Sage says: “We looked at Denise Carolyn as a research project, and that turned into ‘Let’s take Phedon [the cinematographer] and scout it and see if we could film here.’ It worked perfectly.”
Pete has immersed himself in the world of music production and scouting new talent. The filmmakers found the perfect location for his label in Venice. The beautiful loft space was designed – with its exposed concrete and brick, inexpensive furniture and scrappy look – to be a place Pete can barely afford but has fixed up while he struggles to hit it big time.
Because Pete would be scouting music groups for Unfiltered Records, the team found gritty clubs around Los Angeles to serve as entry-level venues where young bands perform. They also discovered a beautiful club where established artists could be showcased. The main concert with Graham Parker & The Rumour was staged at the Belasco Theater in downtown L.A. Sage shares: “It’s a beautifully restored old theater that has been turned into a club that honors the roots of the theater. The architecture’s intact, but they have changed things to make it a very hip club. I was thrilled to find that place, and we’re one of the first companies to get in there and shoot it. It’s a beautiful look.”
This Is 40
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Starring: Megan Fox, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Leslie Mann, Melissa McCarthy, Lena Dunham, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow
Screenplay by: Judd Apatow
Production Design by: Jefferson Sage
Cinematography by: Phedon Papamichael
Film Editing by: David L. Bertman, Jay Deuby, Brent White
Costume Design by: Leesa Evans
Set Decoration by: Leslie A. Pope
Music by: Josh Brion
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: December 21, 2012
This coming-of-age movie, set in New Jersey in 1964 where a group of friends are inspired to form their own rock band fronted by a gifted singer-songwriter, captures the era’s conflicting attitudes and ideologies. In a sense, Not Fade Away could be considered very long in development – arguably most of David Chase’s life. “Throughout the whole production process, I kept telling David how autobiographical his film is and he kept denying it, but the evidence might suggest otherwise,” says Executive Producer Mark Johnson. “I do remember when David was shooting a scene with James Gandolfini as the father of our lead character confronting his son, I asked David, `So did your father ever say, “You and I, we are going to tangle my friend?” and David just said “All the time” and smiled.’
“It’s not an autobiography,” Chase says. “But it’s suggested by the way I felt at the time, and my loves and hates at the time, but not incidents per se. I started writing a primitive version of this screenplay 25 or 30 years ago, but I only got eight or nine pages into it. So I had the idea for a long time, but not many pages. So I really only started writing this movie after THE SOPRANOS.”
According to Johnson, “It was always clear this movie was very important and personal for David, as most great films are. There was no sense, of “Well, The Sopranos is over, so I guess I should make a movie now. This was very clearly a story David has wanted to tell. It’s David’s first feature so this was a chance to do something he’s really passionate about. I believe this is something he had to write. The first script I read was significantly different, but even then something about it reminded me of the first film I ever was the Executive Producer on – DINER by Barry Levinson. In a different way, this had that same sense of a very talented man revisiting the time and place that shaped him.”
Not Fade Away was shot over sixty days in New York State and later California. “This is a period film that takes place over nine years, and a period piece like this one can be so difficult, becuase you have to change all the cars, all the meters, the stop signs,” says Johnson. “David has remarkable attention to detail and a tremendous concern for realism, so it was very important for him to get things right, especially the music that had to be exact to the period. He wanted the music to be totally true to when the guys in our story would hear things and be influenced by them. Some of the music David wanted was indicated in the script, but he kept thinking and improving everything. And thanks to the power of David and Steven Van Zandt, and the music team at Paramount, we were able to get what we wanted.”
The casting process for Not Fade Away was unusually long and intense for a number of reasons. “Casting went on for a long time because we were looking for a lot of relatively new talent and because of the musical demands of some of the roles,” Johnson explains. “Normally the casting process would be eight to ten weeks – but for us it took about six months. We were casting a lot of unfamiliar faces and it took time to get it all right. We were literally and figuratively putting a band together. And we kept looking – we had to see John Magaro a second time before it was clear he was the man to play our lead.”
With casting finally complete, the production of NOT FADE AWAY now faced a few more significant challenges. One was weather, since the storyline required both snowy and summery scenes. “We needed snow and we needed sun, and thankfully we got both,” says Johnson. Interestingly, another major concern for the film was hair. “Funnily enough, hair was a major issue. The hairstyles were changing so much in the era we were covering and we need it all to appear believable. I’ve seen period cinetime that fall apart over such things, but fortunately, I think due first and foremost to David’s great attention to detail, he was able to capture the times in every way here.”
Johnson says that filming Not Fade Away with David Chase was made much easier by the fact that he was uniquely experienced and knowledgeable. “You have to remember David is not a first time director — he’s a first time feature director. He directed a couple of the greatest hours of television ever, and television that was truly cinematic too. It was very clear that he knew what he was doing.”
“Directing this movie was a learning experience, and I think that never stops,” says Chase. “I remember seeing Akira Kurosawa getting an Oscar lifetime achievement award, and he said the great thing about filmmaking is that you’re always learning. And he was in his Eighties and a genius. So I think it’s safe to say I learned a lot making this movie.”
Similarly, Johnson says that Chase clearly had a remarkable ability to inspire and work with actors. “Our mostly young cast rose to the challenges and didn’t seem too thrown to be working with David Chase who clearly has an eye for great actors,” says Johnson. “Maybe some of them were too young to fully realize what an opportunity this was for them. And I have to say as a fan of THE SOPRANOS, to see David working with James Gandolfini again and thinking about the character they created together was amazing too.”
According to Johnson, editing was another intense part of the creative process. “We had almost too much of a good thing,” he explains. “David brought so many interesting and indelible characters to the screen, you wanted to keep following all of them. But in the end, you have to find your story to tell, and in the end, David found a great and meaningful one – to him and to all of us.”
Asked if there’s anything else at all that he would like people to know before they see Not Fade Away, David Chase thinks for a moment and then recalls a statement by famed music producer Brian Eno on the Daniel Lanois album and film “Here Is What It Is” that has stayed with him. “Eno said, `What would be really interesting is to see how beautiful things grow out of shit, because nobody ever believes that. Everybody thinks that Beethoven had his string quartets completely in his head-they’d somehow appeared there and formed in his head… and all he had to do was write them down and they would kind of be manifest to the world. But I think what’s so interesting, and what would really be a lesson that everybody should learn is that things come out of nothing.'”
Not Fade Away
Directed by: David Chase
Starring: Bella Heathcote, John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, James Gandolfini, Dominique McElligott, Molly Price
Screenplay by: David Chase
Production Design by: Ford Wheeler
Cinematography by: Eigil Bryld
Film Editing by: Sidney Wolinsky
Costume Design by: Catherine Marie Thomas
Set Decoration by: Cherish M. Hale
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content.
Studio: Paramount Vantage
Release Date: December 21, 2012
Taglines: The law has limits. He does not.
In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But instead of confessing, the accused man writes the words, “Get Jack Reacher.” Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused’s request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man’s guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for.
Jack Reacher is an American thriller film. It is an adaptation of Lee Child’s 2005 novel One Shot. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the film stars Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. The film entered production in October 2011, and concluded in January 2012. It was filmed entirely on location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
About the Story
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a man drives a van into a parking garage across the Allegheny River from PNC Park and, after dropping a quarter into the meter, readies a sniper rifle. He takes aim and kills five people on the river’s North Shore Trail from long range before fleeing in the van.
The police soon arrive at the scene of the murder, headed by Detective Emerson (David Oyelowo), and discover a shell casing as well as the quarter used to pay for parking. A fingerprint taken from the coin points to James Barr (Joseph Sikora), a former U.S. Army sniper. When the police raid his house, they find the van, equipment for reloading rifle cartridges, the rifle in question, and Barr, fast asleep in his bed.
During an interrogation by Emerson and the District Attorney, Alex Rodin (Richard Jenkins), Barr is offered a choice between life in prison in exchange for a full confession or guaranteed death row, as Rodin has never failed to convict. Thinking Barr is going to confess when he takes the notepad, they are bewildered when he instead writes “Get Jack Reacher”. Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) is a drifter and former U.S. Army Military Police Corps officer. Reacher later arrives in Pittsburgh after seeing a news report about Barr and the shooting. Emerson and Rodin deny Reacher’s request to view the evidence but agree to let him see the suspect. Barr, as it turns out, was brutally attacked by fellow inmates while in police custody and is now in a coma. Reacher meets Barr’s defense attorney, counselor Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), the District Attorney’s daughter, who’s been saddled with the apparently hopeless task of saving Barr from the death penalty.
Helen says she can arrange for Reacher to see the evidence if he will become her lead investigator. Reacher retorts that he is not interested in clearing Barr. He reveals that Barr had gone on a killing spree during his tour in Iraq but was not prosecuted because, unknown to Barr, his victims were under investigation for multiple rapes — and the U.S. Army wants them forgotten. Reacher vowed that if Barr tried anything like this again, he would take him down.
Reacher agrees to investigate if Helen visits the victims’ families to learn about the people murdered that day. Reacher goes to the crime scene and finds inconsistencies about this location, thinking that a trained shooter would have done the killings from the cover of the van on the nearby Fort Duquesne Bridge. After Helen reports her findings about the victims to Reacher, he suggests that the owner of a local construction company was the intended victim, with the killing of the other victims intended as a cover-up.
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Alexia Fast, Robert Duvall, Nicole Forester, Kristen Dalton
Screenplay by: Christopher McQuarrie, Lee Child
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material.
Production Design by: James D. Bissell
Cinematography by: Caleb Deschanel
Film Editing by: Kevin Stitt
Costume Design by: Susan Matheson
Set Decoration by: Douglas A. Mowat
Music by: Joe Kraemer
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: December 21, 2012
Taglines: Nothing is more powerful than the human spirit.
Based on a true story, The Impossible is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, The Impossible is a journey to the core of the human heart.
The Impossible (Spanish: Lo Imposible) is an English-language Spanish disaster drama film directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and written by Sergio G. Sánchez. It is based on the experience of María Belón and her family in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The cast includes Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland. The film received positive reviews from critics for its direction and its acting, especially for Watts who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.
About the Story
Henry Bennett (Ewan McGregor), his physician wife Maria (Naomi Watts), and their three sons Lucas (Tom Holland), Thomas (Samuel Joslin), and Simon (Oakley Pendergrast) go on a Christmas holiday in 2004 to Khao Lak, Thailand, when a tsunami inundates the area.
Maria and Lucas emerge from the swirling water, with Maria having sustained serious injuries. They find a toddler named Daniel in the wreckage and Maria insists on taking along despite Lucas’ reluctance. They are found by locals, who transfer them to a local hospital where Maria encourages Lucas to help others find their family members at the facility. While he is doing that, Maria goes to surgery for her chest injuries and her medical chart is mixed-up with another patient that had died. Lucas returns to find his mother’s bed empty and he is then taken to a tent where children without families are put. The mistake is discovered when Lucas cannot identify any of the dead woman’s jewelry and he is subsequently reunited with his mother.
Simultaneously, Henry, Thomas and Simon together have also survived the tsunami, although Henry is injured. The boys are placed on transport under the watch of a woman to take people to the mountains and Henry remains behind to search for his missing family members. Communication facilities are scarce but eventually a tourist named Karl, who was also separated from his family, lends Henry his cell phone to contact his relatives, and volunteers to accompany Henry to look for Maria and Lucas.
Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Geraldine Chaplin, Marta Etura, Tom Holland, Sönke Möhring, Ploy Jindachote
Screenplay by: Sergio G. Sánchez
Production Design by: Eugenio Caballero
Cinematography by: Óscar Faura
Film Editing by: Elena Ruiz, Bernat Vilaplana
Costume Design by: Anna Bingemann, Sparka Lee Hall, Maria Reyes
Set Decoration by: Pilar Revuelta
Music by: Fernando Velázquez
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity.
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Release Date: September 9, 2012
Taglines: Fight. Dream. Hope. Love.
Les Misérables is a British epic romantic musical historical drama film produced by Working Title Films and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is based on the musical of the same name by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg which is in turn based on the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo. The film is directed by Tom Hooper, scripted by William Nicholson, Boublil, Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer, and stars an ensemble cast led by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried.
The film tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who, inspired by a kindly bishop, decides to turn his life around. He eventually becomes mayor of a town in France and owner of a factory in that town. He is always alert to the risk of being captured again by police inspector Javert, who is ruthless in hunting down law-breakers, believing they cannot change for the better. One of Valjean’s factory workers, Fantine, blames him for her being cast into a life of prostitution. When she dies, he feels responsible and agrees to take care of her illegitimate daughter, Cosette — though he must first escape Javert. Later, when Cosette is grown, they are swept up in the political turmoil in Paris, which culminates in the Paris Uprising of 1832.
Attempts to adapt a Les Misérables film from the stage musical have taken place since the late 1980s. In June 2011, from a screenplay by Nicholson, production of the film officially began with Hooper and Mackintosh serving as director and producer, and the main characters were cast later that year. Principal photography commenced in March 2012, and took place in various English locations, including Greenwich, London, Chatham, Winchester, and Portsmouth; as well as in Gourdon, France.
Les Misérables premiered in London on 5 December 2012, and was released on 25 December 2012 in the United States, on 26 December 2012 in Australia, and on 11 January 2013 in the United Kingdom. The film received generally favourable reviews, with many critics praising the cast, and Jackman, Hathaway, Redmayne, and Barks being the most often singled out for praise. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Jackman and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for Hathaway.
It has also won four British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), including the Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hathaway). It received eight Academy Award nominations including Best Picture (the first musical nominated since 2002’s winner Chicago) and Best Actor for Jackman, and won three, for Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Supporting Actress for Hathaway.
About the Story
In 1815, convict Jean Valjean is released on parole by prison guard Javert after serving a nineteen-year sentence for stealing a loaf of bread and numerous escape attempts. Valjean is refused employment and driven out of every town because of his paroled status. He is offered food and shelter by the Bishop of Digne, but Valjean steals his silver during the night. When he is captured by the authorities, the Bishop tells them that the silver was given as a gift, securing Valjean’s release. The Bishop urges Valjean to do something worthwhile with his life. Moved by the Bishop’s grace, Valjean breaks his parole and vows to start a new life under a new identity.
Eight years later, Valjean has become a factory owner and mayor of Montreuil, Pas-de-Calais, while Javert has been assigned as his new chief of police. In their initial meeting, Javert recognizes but cannot place his face, but suspects who Valjean is after witnessing him lift a heavy cart to free a trapped man. Meanwhile, Fantine, one of Valjean’s workers, is discovered by the other women working there to send money to her illegitimate daughter, Cosette, who lives with the unscrupulous Thénardiers and their daughter Éponine.
The foreman, angry that Fantine has spurned his advances, dismisses her for promiscuity. In a desperate attempt to support her daughter, Fantine sells her hair and teeth and eventually becomes a prostitute. She is arrested by Javert after attacking an abusive customer, but is saved by Valjean, who has her hospitalized and watches over her.
Later, Valjean learns that a man believed to be him has been arrested. Because of this, Javert tries to resign his duties, but Valjean refuses, saying that he only did his job. Finally unable to accept that an innocent man could be condemned in his place, Valjean reveals his identity to the court. He returns to the hospital, where he promises Fantine that he will look after her daughter before she died.
Javert arrives to take Valjean into custody, but Valjean pleads for enough time to rescue Cosette. After a brief fight, Valjean jumps into a river to escape. He finds the Thénardiers, pays Fantine’s debts, and leaves with Cosette, promising to be like a father to her. Valjean and Cosette flee to Paris. The Thénardiers wonder whether they demanded enough money from Valjean, and how much more money he might have. After Valjean and Cosette escapes to a convent, Javert vows to bring the escaped convict to justice.
Nine years later, there is increasing poverty in Paris. Jean Maximilien Lamarque, the only government official sympathetic towards the poor, is nearing death; therefore a large group of young revolutionary students, known as the Friends of the ABC, plan a rebellion against the French monarchy. The students consist of Marius Pontmercy, Enjolras, Gavroche, Grantaire, Courfeyrac, Combeferre, Joly, and Jean Prouvaire. Marius lives in a small room near the Thénardiers and has become friendly with their daughter, Éponine, who fell deeply in love with him but was merely considered his best friend.
When Valjean and Cosette, now a young woman, are out giving alms to the poor, Marius catches a glimpse of Cosette and instantly falls in love with her. The Thénardiers also see Valjean and believe that they now have their chance to extract more money from him. Valjean and Thénardier have an argument and Javert arrives in the street to break it up. Valjean and Cosette slip away before Javert can recognize them. Thénardier cooks up a plot to rob Valjean. Marius pleads with Éponine to find out where Cosette lives so he can see her again.
At the ABC cafe, Enjolras is rallying the students when they receive word from Gavroche that Lamarque has died. Éponine leads Marius to Cosette. The two profess their love for one another, while Éponine laments that her secret love for Marius will go unrequited. As Marius and Cosette conclude their talk, Thénardier’s gang arrives at Valjean’s home to capture him for a reward from Javert. Éponine screams to warn Valjean and Cosette. Thénardier is enraged at Éponine’s interference, and slaps her. Valjean decides to flee, unaware of Cosette’s desire for Marius. Cosette tries to talk him out of it, then asks him questions about her past, and his as well. Valjean refuses to tell her anything. She leaves a note for Marius to tell him why she’s leaving. Éponine finds Cosette’s letter to Marius, who is heartbroken to lose the love of his life so soon after he found her. He sends a farewell to Cosette and, having nothing left to live for, joins the revolution. Éponine joins too, disguised as a man, just to be near Marius. Enjolras urges the Parisians to full revolt.
The next day, the students interrupt Lamarque’s funeral procession and begin their revolt. They throw up barricades all over the city. Javert poses as a rebel in order to spy on them, but he is quickly exposed by street child Gavroche and captured. During the ensuing battle, Éponine saves Marius from blowing up the barricade at the cost of her own life. She gives Marius the letter Cosette wrote and professes her love to him before she dies in his arms, leaving Marius devastated and heartbroken at the loss of his best friend as well as the revelation of her feelings towards him.
Meanwhile, Marius asks Gavroche to deliver a letter for Cosette and it is instead given to Valjean. He intercepts the letter from Marius to Cosette and learns of their love. He abandons his plans to flee the country and instead goes to the barricade to protect Marius. After saving Enjolras from a sniper, he is allowed to execute Javert. However, when the two are alone, Valjean frees Javert. Javert leaves, confused by this act of mercy from a criminal whom he holds in low regard. The students settle down for the night and reminisce. Enjorlas tells the other students to stay awake in case the enemy strikes unexpectedly in the night, but he tells Marius to get some sleep, knowing he’s still too devastated over losing Éponine to stay awake.
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Starring: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thenardier)
Screenplay by: William Nicholson, Alain Boublil
Production Design by: Eve Stewart
Cinematography by: Danny Cohen
Film Editing by: Chris Dickens, Melanie Oliver
Costume Design by: Paco Delgado
Set Decoration by: Anna Lynch-Robinson
Art Direction by: Grant Armstrong, Gary Jopling, Hannah Moseley, Su Whitaker
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: December 25, 2012
Taglines: Get ready for one mother of a road trip.
The Guilt Trip is an American comedy-drama film directed by Anne Fletcher from a screenplay written by Dan Fogelman, starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, who both also served as executive producers on the film.
Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, and who better to accompany him than his overbearing mother Joyce. After deciding to start his adventure with a quick visit at mom’s, Andy is guilted into bringing her along for the ride. Across 3,000 miles of ever-changing landscape, he is constantly aggravated by her antics, but over time he comes to realize that their lives have more in common than he originally thought. His mother’s advice might end up being exactly what he needs.
About the Story
Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen) is a UCLA-graduate organic chemist and inventor. He is attempting to get his environmentally friendly cleaning product, ScioClean, in a major retail store. However, each retail store he visits dismisses him before he can end his pitch. After a disappointing sales pitch to K-Mart, he visits his mother, Joyce Brewster (Barbra Streisand), in New Jersey before leaving on a cross-country trip to Las Vegas, lying to her that his pitch ended well so she won’t worry about him.
While there she reveals to him that he was named after a boy she fell in love with in Florida named Andrew Margolis, whom she hoped would object to her marriage with Andy’s father. However, he never did and she felt that she never mattered to him afterwards. After a little research, he finds Andrew Margolis is still alive and unmarried living in San Francisco. He invites his unknowing mother on the trip, claiming he wants to spend some time with her.
The road trip quickly becomes hard for Andy as his mother continues to intervene in his life. After their car breaks down in Tennessee, Joyce calls Andy’s ex-girlfriend Jessica (Yvonne Strahovski), whom Joyce insists Andy should get back together with, to pick them up. At a pregnant and married Jessica’s house she reveals that Andy proposed to her before college and she turned him down, shocking Joyce, who believed Andy had trouble proposing to women. Andy is glum afterward and Joyce apologizes for calling Jessica, which Andy half-heartedly accepts.
In Texas, Andy has a meeting with Costco executive Ryan McFeer (Brandon Keener) however Joyce stays at the meeting and criticizes the products bottling and name along with Ryan to the point that Andy snaps at him, saying “I’m not changing the goddamn label, Ryan!” At the motel that night a depressed Andy begins drinking and Joyce attempts to make up with him however Andy snaps at her, only to have Joyce snap back and leave for a nearby bar. Later Andy attempts to retrieve his mother but gets in a fight with a bar patron who attempts to stop her from leaving, receiving a black eye in the process.
At a steak restaurant the next day the two exchange apologies and Andy reveals that he is failing at selling ScioClean. Joyce enters a steak eating challenge where she is noticed by cowboy-styled businessman Ben Graw (Brett Cullen), who gives her tips on eating and helps her finish the challenge. Afterwards he reveals he does a lot of business in New Jersey and asks her to dinner. Joyce, who has never been in a relationship after Andy’s dad died when he was eight, balks at the offer so Ben merely leaves his number and asks her to call if she reconsiders.
The Guilt Trip
Directed by: Anne Fletcher
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott, Colin Hanks, Julene Renee, Zabryna Guevara, Kathy Najimy, Rose Abdoo, Vivian Vanderwerd, Vicki Goldsmith
Screenplay by: Dan Fogelman
Production Design by: Nelson Coates
Cinematography by: Oliver Stapleton, Dana E. Glauberman, Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
Costume Design by: Danny Glicker
Set Decoration by: Randy Budka
Music by: Christophe Beck
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and some risque material.
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: December 25th, 2012
Taglines: Here come the grandparents. There go the rules.
Old school grandfather, Artie, who is accustommed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager to please wife, Diane, agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A parents go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie’s and Diane’s old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old fashioned games, it’s learning to bend – and not holding your ground – that brings a family together.
Parental Guidance (previously titled Us & Them) is an American family-comedy film starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott and directed by Andy Fickman. The film was released on December 19, 2012. This movie was the last Dune Entertainment film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Directed by: Andy Fickman
Starring: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott, Bailee Madison, Jennifer Crystal Foley, Rhoda Griffis, Mavrick Moreno, Madison Lintz
Screenplay by: Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse
Cinematography by: Dean Semler
Film Editing by: Kent Beyda
MPAA Rating: PG for some rude humor.
Music by: Marc Shaiman
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: December 19, 2014