Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star in The Skeleton Twins. (Roadside Attractions)
The uproarious Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader engage in an invigorating story as brother and sister rolling through the trial of adulthood in the sentimental drama/comedy The Skeleton Twins. After 10 years of alienation from one another, twin siblings Maggie (Wiig) and Milo (Hader) decide it is time to mend their past relationship after both of them coincidentally cheat death on the same day. As Milo moves in with Maggie and her husband Lance (Luke Wilson), the bond lost over the years begins to reunite their family at a time when it’s most needed.
The onscreen chemistry between “Saturday Night Live” veterans Wiig and Hader materializes this film into being hysterically genuine and solemnly true. Most notably, Hader’s performance as Maggie’s depressed gay brother, similar to Steve Carell’s character in Little Miss Sunshine, evokes the thought-provoking narrative that folds out the true ambition of this great story.
As the winner of the Screenwriting Award at this year Sundance Film Festival, The Skeleton Twins raises the curtain on the importance of having a profound relationship with your loved ones; this film demonstrates so beautifully that we are always in need of a sister, a brother, a friend to lean on. This all-in-one film is sure to be a relatable venture for practically anyone who has ever felt confused about their life’s ambition. The Skeleton Twins releases in theaters this Friday.
The Drop, starring Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini, looks to revitalize the dark crime genre with this classic Scorsese take on Brooklyn mob life. Forsaken bartender Bob Saginowski (Hardy) finds himself in the midst of a covert money-laundering scheme under the domination of his boss and cousin, Marv (Gandolfini). When things go astray, Bob is forced into a robbery investigation entangled with the Brooklyn gangsters close at hand and ends up unraveling deep secrets about his neighborhood’s wicked dealings.
Like in most of his films, Hardy commits to his performance; his sullen character transforms throughout this film. What’s there to say about the mob king of actors, Gandolfini? The man was born to play these roles and passed away doing so. As one of Gandolfini’s last roles on the big screen before his unexpected death last June, The Drop immortalizes this well-respected performer.
Set up to be a more mature crime film, The Drop comes off as refreshing in that it doesn’t rely on heavy action scenes and explosions to keep you fixated, but more on character development, dialogue and an overarching narrative only novelist Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island) could conjure up. If you find yourself enjoying a dramatic dose of crime-filled debauchery, catch The Drop opening Friday, Sept. 12.
Ultimately, this week holds something in store for all moviegoers. For the family there’s Dolphin Tale 2, the story of how a team of people save Winter the dolphin’s life by finding her another dolphin companion, which permits her to stay at the Clearwater Marine Hospital. Although this film seems to contradict themes of animal activism as seen in such documentaries as The Cove and Blackfish, I’m sure Dolphin Tale 2 is a semi-decent heartfelt movie that most likely overlooks such issues.
For the thrill seekers out there, No Good Deed stars Idris Elba as an insane escaped convict who terrorizes a single mother (Taraji P. Henson) and her two children after intruding into their home. This Scream-like film is sure to give audience members the chills.
Lastly, I Am Eleven is a groundbreaking documentary that follows a handful of 11-year-olds from around the world and gives insight into what it is like to be at the cusp of childhood and adolescences. This ingenious biography of young minds catapults honest, powerful and fresh dialogue of how youth see the future of this world. I Am Elven opens in select theaters Friday, Sept. 12.
Also in theaters: Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?; The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby; The Green Prince; Honeymoon; My Old Lady