FRIENDS WITH KIDS, a dramedy about the fall-out among a group of tight friends when babies come into the picture, is one of the films set to make its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September. The film, written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt (KISSING JESSICA STEIN), features a superb ensemble cast, led by Westfeldt’s real-life boyfriend Jon Hamm (MAD MEN). Hamm plays a father whose marriage to a shrewish wife (played by SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’s Kristen Wiig) is crumbling, while his best gal pal (played by Westfeldt) decides to have a child with her platonic friend (played by Adam Scott). The cast includes great comic turns by Edward Burns, Megan Fox, Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd. Westfeldt and Hamm produced the film through their own Points West Pictures, avoiding agents and managers by recruiting friends and previous co-stars to be in the film. The film explores the cultural phenomenon of what happens when married friends become too busy pushing baby carriages and have less time to spend with one another…..a go-to theme for the 30-something audience that has made the film BRIDESMAIDS one of the summer’s biggest hits.
Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. An alternately comedic and heartbreaking tale of divorce, Marriage Story begins with two passionate declarations of love, from each participant in the impending drama. Charlie (Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman) goes first, delivering … Continue reading
The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. Based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 true-crime nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa, Martin Scorsese’s latest sprawling mob epic, … Continue reading
Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Parasite, from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer), is a film with, and about, many layers. A parable about the wages of capitalist sins masquerading as a story of a long … Continue reading