The Silver Bullet ~ Calvary

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Synopsis: After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Release Date:  August 1, 2014

Thoughts: Brendan Gleeson is an actor that hasn’t ever truly gotten his just-due in Hollywood.  Yes, he’s known as a dependable character actor with his gruff exterior and ability to play menacing or benign with a mere flick of his eye but often he’s on the sidelines, supporting the work of others.  In 2014 Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow, The Raven) gets his time to shine in Calvary and The Grand Seduction, and while I’ve seen the slight but pleasant Seduction I’m more interested in what sort of film Calvary will wind up being.  You’d never know the film is being released as a black comedy in the poster above after watching the the trailer below…and that’s OK with me because it makes the film more intriguing to seek out so I can make up my own mind.  With supporting characters Chris O’Dowd (The Sapphires), Kelly Reilly (Flight), and Aiden Gillen (The Dark Knight Rises) joining Gleeson in the confessional, this is one I’m looking forward to.

The Silver Bullet ~ Shadow Dancer

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Synopsis: Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son’s welfare.

Release Date:  May 31, 2013

Thoughts: In the last month I’ve become a big fan of star Andrea Riseborough after catching her in two strong performances: as an investigative news reporter in Disconnect and an icy company woman going toe-to-toe with Tom Cruise in Oblivion.  So I’m particularly interested in seeing her take the lead in this political drama involving the IRA in the early 90’s.  Aside from Riseborough, there’s the usually strong Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson who has parlayed herself away from her The X-Files fanbase by taking on some nicely flawed characters.  Director James Marsh has helmed several notable projects (winning an Oscar for the documentary Man on a Wire) so I’m excited to see what his latest offering amounts to.