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March 2021

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Robin Wright’s LAND

LAND is now playing (starring Robin Wright)

Robin Wright’s LAND

  • By Quendrith Johnson
  • Photo Courtesy of FOCUS FEATURES

“It’s very timely this movie is coming out now,” says actor Robin Wright of directorial debut LAND. “This (COVID) existence of being alone… It is definitely altering the psyche.” LAND, which Focus Features will release on March 5, is seemingly about geography and how to heal from catastrophic grief in isolation, as main character Edee sets out to do in the snow-capped Rockies of Wyoming. But there’s a double entendre here, “when one lands, finally, in a place of renewal.” No spoilers, but Edee realizes “it generally does take another human being to help you through difficult times.” Throughout LAND there’s an authentic feel, created not only by the director’s decision to hoist a cabin up 8,000 feet after it was built. “I learned to chop wood, and skin a deer,” Wright reveals.

Unlike wilderness films WILD or CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, LAND is a visual essay for Pandemic times. Demián Bichir is perfectly cast as co-conspirator in the effort it takes to hope again. Birchir had one key note on the 29-day shoot. “He said ‘if you can give me one thing, about who this character is to you?’ I said, ‘He’s Edee’s saint.’” Wright adds, “I’m hoping people walk away from this film with the belief that we need each other… and to not give up.”

Find yourself in Robin Wright’s LAND this March. 

Chaos Walking

Chaos Walking hits theaters and on demand March 5th (Starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland)

Chaos Walking

  • By Kenne Hoffman
  • Photo Courtesy of Lionsgate

Opening in theatres this month, Lionsgate’s new film Chaos Walking is based on Patrick Ness’s first novel The Knife of Never Letting Go (the beginning of his 2008 Chaos Walking trilogy). Set in the not-too-distant future on a decimated planet, all the women have disappeared, and the remaining men and animals must live with “The Noise,” in which all thoughts are broadcast via sound and images, rendering privacy impossible. Todd (Spider Man’s Tom Holland) lives in this dystopian world and discovers a mysterious quiet space and the source of its silence, a lone young woman named Viola (Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley). The mysterious girl crash landed on this planet. Her life is threatened so Todd and Viola embark on a dangerous mission to uncover the long-buried secrets of the destroyed planet. Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) joins the cast along with Nick Jonas (Jonas Brothers) as David Prentiss, the cruel Mayor of Prentisstown, and David “Davy” Prentiss Jr., the Mayor’s soldier son.

Director Doug Liman is no stranger to making a complex movie work as he showed with Edge of Tomorrow, but he’s called Chaos Walking his most creatively challenging film to date. Based on a popular young-adult sci-fi book series with Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley fresh off major franchises, Chaos Walking is sure to follow in the footsteps of Twilight and The Hunger Games as the next big thing.

Releases March 5th, click here.

The Courier

The Courier hits theaters and on demand March 19th (Starring Merab Nindza and Benedict Cumberbatch)

The Courier

  • By Debbie Emery
  • Photo Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Having premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival just months before the pandemic hit and crippled movie theaters, we finally get the chance to experience The Courier this month. And it was worth the wait. Benedict Cumberbatch is back in his element in this historical drama based on a true story as Greville Wyne, a British businessman who helped U.K. intelligence agency MI6 penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the Cold War. Wynne and his Russian source, Oleg Penkovsky (codenamed Ironbark and played by Merab Ninidze), provided crucial intelligence that ended the Cuban Missile Crisis. The film was actually originally titled Ironbark after the lead character but was changed to The Courier after being acquired by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate last summer. Better known as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Rachel Brosnahan taps into her dramatic acting skills — and dons a ‘60s-era blonde wig — to play Emily Donovan, a CIA operative who partners with Wyne and Penkovsky on the dangerous mission to avoid a nuclear confrontation between the US and Russia. Dominic Cooke directed the period film, working from a script written by Tom O’Connor. Adam Ackland, Ben Browning, Ben Pugh, and Rory Aitken produced The Courier, with Leah Clarke, Cumberbatch, Ashley Fox, Glen Basner, Alison Cohen, Milan Popelka, Dominic Cooke, Tom O’Connor, and Josh Varney serving as executive producers.

The Courier” is releases in the U.S. on March 19th.

Tom & Jerry

Tom and Jerry The Movie is now playing

Tom & Jerry

  • By Debbie Emery
  • Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros.

The most infamous cat and mouse combo is brought to life in Warner Bros.’ live-action/animated slapstick comedy, Tom & Jerry. In the latest adaptation of the Hanna Barbera cartoon, which dates back to 1940, the troublesome pair of animal rivals find themselves in the most expensive hotel in New York City on the eve of the fanciest wedding ever … what could go wrong? (spoiler alert: everything!). The bride and groom to be, Ben (Colin Jost) and Preeta (Pallavi Sharda), expect the very best, and new hotel employee Kayla (Chloë Grace Moretz) is the one tasked to make sure they get hitched without a hitch. Unfortunately, the hotel has a mouse problem, so Kayla brings in a cat to solve it. Even more unfortunately, that cat is Tom and the chaos that ensues threatens the wedding, Kayla’s career and even the hotel itself. Added to the mix is a diabolically ambitious and staffer, deputy hotel manager Terrence (Michael Peña), who conspires against our animal and human trio. Does this mean that Tom and Jerry are actually going to have to work together to save the day? Tom & Jerry is directed by Tim Story (Fantastic FourBarbershop); produced by Chris DeFaria (The LEGO Movie 2, Ready Player One); and written by Kevin Costello, based on characters created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

In select theaters and HBO Max on February 26th. Click here.

What's Hot!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve adjusted our content this month.

LAArtsOnline now features two NEW pages: BOOKS and EXTRA! We’ll look at what’s hot in the world of books and reading along with some suggestions of EXTRA! things to check out, read about, and do!

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