The Silver Bullet ~ About Time

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Synopsis: At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

Release Date:  November 8, 2013

Thoughts: Director Richard Curtis has given audiences some interestingly original love stories over the course of his career.  From his Oscar nominated Four Weddings and a Funeral to Notting Hill to the modern classic (to some) Love, Actually…he’s demonstrated time and time again that sometimes love just doesn’t come easy.  In his new film, he’s putting a little sci-fi shine on things with a product that looks like a take-off of Groundhog Day and The Time Traveler’s Wife (a dud which also starred Rachel McAdams, The Vow).  Lead Domhnall Gleeson made such a great impression on me in Anna Karenina, I think he’s a great choice for the type of film I believe Curtis will deliver.  Arriving late in 2013, this could be one to watch out for.

The Silver Bullet ~ August: Osage County

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Synopsis: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Release Date:  November 8, 2013

Thoughts: An all-star cast has been assembled for the big screen version of August: Osage County, based on the searing Pulitzer Prize winning play.  Seeing the play, I was riveted and while I’m not sure a film version can create that same immediacy there’s a wealth of strength in the material from playwright/screenwriter Tracy Letts.  Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) is an interesting choice for the boozy matriarch of the troubled Weston family but knowing Streep she’s going to knock this one out of the park and wind up with another Oscar nomination or win for her troubles.  When they announced Julia Roberts (Mirror, Mirror) was to play opposite Streep some turned up their noses but our first look at Roberts in action suggests that the A-List star is readying for a powerhouse performance.  The rest of the cast is top-notch too with some spot-on casting to look forward to.  Unless something goes majorly wrong, this is a film that will factor heavily into the next Academy Awards…I can’t wait to see it.