Yes, I’m a Ryan Reynolds fan. I actually get a lot of flack about that from my buddies on The Reel Big Show. He’s not just a pretty face though. He has been very busy in the past few years and now six of his movies are slated for release this year. Mississippi Grind, co-starring the magnificent Ben Mendleson has been picked up by A24 at Sundance, The Voices, co-starring Anna Kendrick comes the theaters/VOD Friday (Liz’s review coming soon) and The Captive comes to Bluray/DVD/VOD March 3rd. Woman In Gold starring Helen Mirren comes out April 3rd, then two other releases, Selfless with Ben Kingsley and Criminal with Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones and Alice Eve. Whew.
Here’s Liz’s review! Stay tuned for coverage of the roundtable with Mr Reynolds!
Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush (Gemma Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.
WOMAN IN GOLD is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘The Lady in Gold’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way.
Mississippi Grind – just picked up by A24 at Sundance this year
Gerry (Mendelsohn) is a talented but struggling poker player about to be swallowed up by his unshakeable gambling habit. But his luck begins to change after he meets the young, charismatic Curtis (Reynolds). Gerry convinces his new lucky charm to hit the road with him, towards a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. The highs and lows unveil the duo’s true characters and motivations, and an undeniable bond forms between them.
Sadly, no trailer.
Selfless – speculation. Could be July this year.
Ryan Reynolds stars in “Selfless,” an unconventional sci-fi thriller about a terminally ill billionaire who buys a chance for eternal life through an experimental underground medical procedure called “shedding”, which transfers his consciousness into the cadaver of a younger man. But the promise of immortality turns into a nightmare when he experiences flashbacks which begin to reveal the disturbing origins of the body he now inhabits.
Criminal – speculation. Could be August this year.
The memories & skills of a deceased CIA agent are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous convict.
Also starring: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alive Eve
No trailer! Ugh.