Molly's Game Reviews

The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and one of the movies we were most excited to hear about was the directorial debut of The Social Network and A Few Good Men writer Aaron Sorkin. If the reviews from the festival are any indicator, not only does Sorkin have another fantastic movie to add to his career, but Jessica Chastain can add another acclaimed performance to her résumé.

Molly’s Game follows a former Olympic skier who turned from the sudden end of her athletic career to a thriving business throwing poker games for Hollywood celebrities, business tycoons and plenty of exclusive high rollers. To find out what critics are saying about Aaron Sorkin’s first turn at directing his own script, read out round-up of Molly’s Game reviews below. Read More »

Molly's Game Review - Jessica Chastain

Aaron Sorkin has had some trouble when it comes to his female characters. It’s not that Sorkin has never written a good female character; he has – C.J. Cregg on The West Wing immediately springs to mind. But more often than not, Sorkin has a tendency to reduce women to roles in which their biggest character trait is how well they stand beside powerful, smart men.

So it’s interesting that for his directorial debut Molly’s Game, Sorkin chose to helm a feature about a woman. Perhaps the writer was issuing a challenge to his critics – “I’ll show you once and for all that I can tell a story about a strong female character without resorting to mansplaining.”
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mollys game trailer

Aaron Sorkin has a helluva story for his feature directorial debut. The writer behind The West WingThe Social Network, and Moneyball is telling another story of ambition and perseverance with Molly’s Game. Based on Molly Bloom’s fast-paced, high-stakes, and exceptionally entertaining memoir of the same name, Sorkin will show how she ran some of the most exclusive and lucrative underground poker games in Hollywood and New York.

Below, watch the first Molly’s Game trailer.

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X-Men Dark Phoenix

Longtime X-Men movie series writer/producer Simon Kinberg has been eyed as a potential director of the upcoming sequel X-Men: Dark Phoenix since February, but now it’s official: 20th Century Fox has hired him to helm the follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse. Not only that, but Kinberg managed to pull off a casting coup: stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor Xavier), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) are all coming back to reprise their superhero roles. And if that weren’t enough, Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain is also in talks to sign on in a key role.
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the division director

Another video game adaptation, another opening sentence about whether or not this will finally be the one to break the dreaded video game movie curse! At the very least, the upcoming adaptation of The Division is starting to stack itself with talent, first with stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain and now writer/director Stephen Gaghan.

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“I think that Blonde will be one of the ten best movies ever made,” Andrew Dominik says. “That’s why I want to do it.” And the director behind The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford has been wanting to do it for many years now. In 2010, Blonde and My Week with Marilyn were the competing Marilyn Monroe biopics. Six years later and Dominik is still trying to make the film, which will not star Jessica Chastain and, despite Netflix reportedly backing the movie, no deal has been struck yet.

Below, learn more about the Marilyn Monroe biopic.

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The Zookeeper's Wife trailer - Jessica Chastain

Focus Features has unveiled the first trailer for The Zookeeper’s Wife, the based-on-a-true-story World War II drama from Niki Caro (Whale Rider). Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh star as Antonina Zabinska and Jan Zabinski, who run a zoo in Warsaw. When Poland is invaded by Nazis, the couple heroically work with the Resistance to secretly shelter Jews who’ve escaped from the Warsaw ghetto — right under the nose of the Reich’s chief zoologist, played by Daniel Brühl.

Watch The Zookeeper’s Wife trailer below. Read More »

Miss Sloane trailer

In 2015, Jonathan Perera‘s script for Miss Sloane made the 2015 Blacklist (a list of the best-unproduced screenplays). Not too long after making the list, it drew interest from director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) and actress Jessica Chastain (The Martian). Chastain stars as a lobbyist in Madden’s latest film, which also features Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Jon Lithgow (Love Is Strange), Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire), and more.

Below, watch the Miss Sloane trailer.

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Pete's Dragon Trailer

It’s been a great year for Walt Disney Pictures with success in both live-action and animation. Zootopia is one of the most successful movies of the year, Finding Dory was a huge box office hit, and the live-action remake of The Jungle Book may be the best revision of their classic animated movies yet. But the studio isn’t done bringing magic to movie theaters just yet.

Pete’s Dragon is yet another remake of a classic Disney movie. However, as we’ve seen in the trailers so far, this new take on the 1977 live-action and animated hybrid could not be more different from the original. Basically, the only thing they share is a camaraderie between a young boy and a dragon in the woods. And the more we see from Pete’s Dragon, the more excited I am to see it, and you just might feel the same way after watching a new trailer from across the pond.

Watch the Pete’s Dragon trailer from the United Kingdom after the jump. Read More »

Jessica Chastain The Division

Last month, Jake Gyllenhaal signed on for an adaptation of the Ubisoft video game The Division, despite the fact that his last attempt to bring a video game to the big screen didn’t go very well. But hey, he could have better luck this time. Especially now that he’s got a very capable co-star to help him out. Jessica Chastain is reportedly looking to join Gyllenhaal in the movie, which he is also producing with Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ Gerard GuillemotRead More »