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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rose Byrne as Penny Moore in This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

This Is Where I Leave You (2014) - Directed by Shawn Levy

The Story:

Judd (Jason Bateman), Wendy (Tina Fey), Paul (Corey Stoll), and Phillip (Adam Driver), the adult Altman siblings, have just lost their father. Along with their mother, Hilary (Jane Fonda), a therapist who's written about each and every one of them, they're sitting shiva. They haven't seen much of each other lately, but they have seven days to reconnect, and, as often happens when families get together, unearth past disagreements. For Judd, it's an especially difficult time because he's just discovered that his wife, Quinn (Abigail Spencer), is having an affair with his boss, Wade Beaufort (Dax Shepard).

The Cast includes:

Jason Bateman as Judd Altman
Tina Fey as Wendy Altman
Adam Driver as Phillip Altman
Rose Byrne as Penny Moore
Corey Stoll as Paul Altman
Jane Fonda as Hillary Altman
Connie Britton as Tracy Sullivan
Timothy Olyphant as Horry Callen
Abigail Spencer as Quinn Altman
Debra Monk as Linda Callen
Kathryn Hahn as Annie Altman
Ben Schwartz as Rabbi Grodner
Dax Shepard as Wade Beaufort
Aaron Lazar as Barry Weissman
Will Swenson as young Mort Altman
Cade Lappin as Cole Altman

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Magic In The Moonlight (2014) - Written & Directed by Woody Allen

The Story:

Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth) is a famous magician and illusionist (his stage persona is Wei Ling Soo) who's recruited by an old friend (Simon McBurney) to help unmask a possible psychic imposter, the charming Sophie Baker (Emma Stone). Sophie and her mother (Marcia Gay Harden) are guests of the very wealthy Catledges, and Brice Catledge (Hamish Linklater) is set on marrying her. Stanley thinks Sophie is a fraud and tries to expose her, but he winds up exposed himself, after a fashion.

The Cast includes:

Colin Firth as Stanley Crawford
Emma Stone as Sophie Baker
Hamish Linklater as Brice
Marcia Gay Harden as Mrs. Baker w/ Emma Stone
Jacki Weaver as Grace
Erica Leerhsen as Caroline
Eileen Atkins as Aunt Vanessa
Simon McBurney as Howard Burkan
Jeremy Shamos as George w/ Erica Leerhsen
Catherine McCormack as Olivia w/ Colin Firth

Emma Stone as Sophie Baker in Magic In The Moonlight (2014)

The Skeleton Twins (2014) - Craig Johnson

The Story:

Milo (Bill Hader), an actor who's mostly making a living as a waiter in Los Angeles, has had enough of life's failures. So he scribbles a note (just "to whom it may concern"), runs a bath, and slits his wrist. Unbeknownst to him, his sister, Maggie (Kristen Wiig), a dental hygienist with whom he has hasn't been in contact for a decade, is contemplating a similar fate on the opposite coast. But she's stopped by a call informing her that Milo has been hospitalized, alive but unwell. When she invites Milo to visit her and her husband, Lance (Luke Wilson), whom Milo has never even met, in the town they both grew up in, he reluctantly accepts. It's a chance to reassess his life and repair deep hurts. The same goes for Maggie, but both of them may be far more scarred than they ever knew.

The Cast includes:

Kristen Wiig as Maggie
Bill Hader as Milo
Luke Wilson as Lance
Ty Burrell as Rich
Boyd Holbrook as Billy
Joanna Gleason as Judy
Kathleen Rose Perkins as Carlie
Paul Castro Jr. as Eric