Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

Adapted from the best-selling novel by Matthew Quick, “Silver Linings Playbook” is a comedy about love and second chances. Although life doesn’t always go according to plan, sometimes that’s okay anyway. After spending eight months in a state mental institution, 30-year-old former substitute teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) moves back in with his parents (Jacki Weaver andRobert De Niro). Pat has lost everything – his house, job and wife – but is determined to rebuild his life. His one over-riding goal is to reunite with his wife, Nikki (Brea Bee), despite the challenging circumstances of their separation.

Silver Linings Playbook

Trying to remain positive and become the man his wife always wanted him to be, Pat faces an uphill battle. Then he meets a beautiful neighbor, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious woman who has her own set of mental health challenges. Eventually the two realize that Tiffany, through a mutual friend, has access to Nikki (who happens to have a restraining order against Pat). Tiffany agrees to deliver a letter to Nikki if Pat will agree to be her partner in an upcoming dance competition. Realizing it may be the only way he can communicate with his wife, Pat agrees. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between Pat and Tiffany, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

Silver Linings Playbook

“Silver Linings Playbook” is scheduled for release on November 21, 2012 by the Weinstein Company. Directed by David O. Russell, who also wrote the screenplay. The film also features Anupam Kher and Chris Tucker.

 

The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor

In “The Good Doctor,” Director Lance Daly and Screenwriter John Enbom have created a film that will make people think twice before checking into a hospital for treatment. Martin Blake (Orlando Bloom) is an ambitious but anxious young British doctor who has just started his first year of residency at a Southern California hospital. Blake wants desperately to be a “good doctor” – but only because he craves the respect and resulting self-esteem boost that he thinks this will give him. Handsome and outwardly charming, Blake proves himself to be morally bankrupt and incapable of living up to the doctor’s creed to “do no harm.”

Orlando Bloom and Riley Keough in The Good Doctor

When Diane Nixon (Riley Keough), a beautiful 18-year-old, is admitted for a kidney infection, Blake steps in and gets the self-esteem boost he craves. But then he crosses the line and falls in love with his young patient. Attraction becomes obsession, and as Diane’s health improves, Blake goes to unconscionable extremes in order to keep her next to him in the hospital. Blake tampers with her treatment and makes one seemingly small decision that, domino style, leads to a long string of problems.

Orlando Bloom and Micheal Pena in The Good Doctor

“The Good Doctor” also stars Rob Morrow as Chief Resident Waylans; Troy Garity as self-assured fellow intern Dan; Taraji Henson as no-nonsense nurse Theresa; Michael Pena as the orderly, Jimmy, who discovers incriminating evidence against Blake; J.K. Simmons as a police detective; and Molly Price and Wade Williams as Diane Nixon’s parents. The drama thriller, which is rated PG-13, is scheduled for a limited release in New York on August 31, 2012 by Magnolia Pictures.

The Oranges

The Oranges

If you’ve ever known friends who are so close that they’re practically family, you’ll be able to relate to the Ostroffs and the Wallings. Best friends and neighbors who live on Orange Drive, a bucolic suburban street in West Orange, New Jersey, the Ostroffs and Wallings have all been best friends for years. David and Paige Walling (Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener) have two grown children: handsome and successful Toby (Adam Brody) and hipster/aspiring designer Vanessa (Alia Shawkat). The Wallings have one child, 24-year-old Nina (Leighton Meester), who has just returned home after a years-long absence, newly broken up with her fiancé Ethan (Sam Rosen).

Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener and Leighton Meester in The Oranges

“The Oranges,” which is narrated by Vanessa, shows what happens when the two family’s comfortable existence goes terribly awry. Although Paige Walling would love to see her daughter take an interest in Toby Ostroff, it is David that catches her attention. Their mutual fascination – and ensuing Thanksgiving-to-Christmas affair – leaves a train wreck in its wake.

Hugh Laurie as David Walling in The Oranges

When Nina and David’s affair is discovered, everyone’s lives are thrown into upheaval. Paige leaves David, Vanessa (Nina’s childhood best friend) and Toby are deeply shaken, and everyone is forced to reassess exactly what it means to be happy.

Catherine Keener as Paige Walling in The Oranges

“The Oranges” is set for release on October 5, 2012 by ATO Pictures. Directed by Julian Farino from a screenplay by Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer, the comedy drama was panned by critics after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2011.

 

 

 

 

Looper

Looper movie poster

It’s the year 2047, and although time travel does not yet exist, there are a group of killers who are heavily involved in it. These killers, known as Loopers, work for a crime syndicate in the future. When the mafia from 2077 – a time when time travel does exist but is illegal and only available on the black market – wants to get rid of someone, they simply send them back in time, hog-tied and blind-folded, to be shot in the head by one of the Loopers. Each Looper knows the drill: all targets must be killed and their bodies disposed of. No target can ever escape. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joe Simmons (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a Looper working for a Kansas City mafia company. Joe is making a good living and all is well until the day that the mob from the future decides to “close the loop” and send Joe’s future self (played by Bruce Willis) back to 2047 for Joe to assassinate.

Bruce Willis in Looper

Joe’s older self escapes after incapacitating the younger Joe. With two versions of Joe running around, the younger Joe struggles to hunt down the older Joe while trying to escape from the brutal Gat Men, the enforcers in this whole scheme.

Emily Blunt in Looper

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Loopers is set for release on September 28, 2012 by TriStar Pictures (Sony). The action thriller also features Emily Blunt, Paul Dana, Qing Xu, Noah Segan, Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo and Garret Dillahunt.

Arbitrage

Arbitrage movie poster

In Arbitrage, Wall Street hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) seems to have it all: an amazingly successful career, a loving family, a stunning mansion, even a French art dealer mistress. The truth, however, is that Robert is about to turn 60 and the colossal mistakes and judgment errors that he has made are about to come back to bite him. As a result of a mind-numbingly bad investment caused him to lose $400 million – half of his investment fund’s reserves. Now he’s attempting to sell his business to a major financial institution, and defrauding auditors in the process.

Richard Gere and Laetetia Casta in Arbitrage

As things start to spin out of control Robert picks up his mistress, Julie Cote (Laetetia Casta), for a weekend get-away. Unfortunately, he falls at sleep at the wheel, causing an accident that kills her. Robert flees from the scene with the reluctant help of Jimmy Grant (Nate Parker), a former employee’s son, but soon finds himself hounded by NYPD Detective Michael Bryer (Tim Roth), who will stop at nothing in his pursuits.

Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon in Arbitrage

As Robert’s long string of lies start to become apparent, his loyal wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and brilliant daughter and Chief Investment Officer Brooke (Brit Marling) are caught in the cross-fires.

Richard Gere and Brit Marling in Arbitrage

The feature-directing debut of writer Nicholas Jarecki, Arbitrage is a suspense thriller that is scheduled for a limited release on September 14, 2012 by Roadside Attractions. The film is rated R for language, brief violent images and drug use.

 

 

Keep the Lights On

Keep The Lights On poster

Keep the Lights On begins in 1997, when openly gay documentary filmmaker Erik Rothman (Thure Lindhardt) first meets Paul Lucy (Zachary Booth), a mostly closeted and very handsome lawyer who works in the publishing field. After what was expected to be a meaningless late-night hook-up turns into a highly-charged encounter, a relationship between the two men begins to develop. The two men quickly move in together, and the nearly decade-long relationship chronicled in the film begins. Individually and together Erik and Paul are risk-takers. The two men’s self-destruction habits, including Paul’s drug and sex addictions, create some major hurdles that the two struggle to overcome. Keep The Lights On

Uncompromising in how it depicts drug addiction and its impact on the addict’s loved ones and relationships, Keep the Lights On also explores Erik’s struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while latching on to his dream of sharing a life with Paul, no matter what.

Keep The Lights On

Keep the Lights On is based on director Ira Sachs’ own past relationship with Bill Clegg, a literary agent who published “Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man,” his memoir about his personal struggles with addiction, in 2010. Perhaps it is because of his own deeply personal connection with the story that Sachs is able to present a very unflinching portrait of a relationship that is dysfunctional at its core, and in equal measures loving and destructive.

Keep The Lights On

Co-written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, Keep the Lights On also stars Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Syvane and Paprika Steen. The Drama, which won the 2012 Teddy Award (an international film award for films with LGBT topics) for best feature, is set for a limited release by Music Box Films on September 7, 2012.

Hello I Must Be Going

Hello I Must Be Going Poster

Men aren’t the only ones who have mid-life crises. In fact, in Hello I Must Be Going, 35-year-old Amy Minsky (Melanie Lynskey from “Two and a Half Men”) finds that her life has been turned upside down. After being dumped by the husband she loved, a very demoralized Amy moves back in to the suburban Connecticut home of her self-absorbed parents, Ruth (Blythe Danner) and Stan (John Rubinstein).

Melanie Lynskey in Hello I Must Be Going

Still trying to recover from her divorce, Amy finds herself without a husband, children, career or prospects – facts that her parents keep throwing in her face. Just when Amy’s patience and self-esteem seem to hit a low, Jeremy (Christopher Abbot), the 19-year-old son of the potential client that Stan is trying to court, unexpectedly makes a pass at her.

Christopher Abbot in Hello I Must Be Going

What follows is an unlikely love affair that transpires right under the noses of the couples’ very unsuspecting parents. The affair jumpstarts Amy’s passion for life and helps her rediscover her long-lost sense of purpose. Hello I Must Be Going is an unconventional love story that one knows is not meant to last.

Hello I Must Be Going

Written by Sarah Koskof and directed by Todd Louiso, Hello I Must Be Going is set for a limited release in New York and Los Angeles on September 7, 2012, by Oscilloscope Laboratories. Rated R for language and sexual content, the romantic comedy also features Julie White and Dan Futterman.