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This week’s column is filled with a bevy of differing movie genres including dramedy, romantic comedy, and thriller. My Old Lady is a dramedy where an American inherits a Paris apartment with an unexpected attachment.
Laggies is a romantic comedy about a woman who needs a break from her mundane life, so she lies to her fiancé about going on a retreat, and spends the time hanging out with adolescent friends instead. Finally, The Captive is a thriller where the case of the 8-year-old disappearance of a woman is brought back to light. All three flicks have tremendous star power behind them, but what might surprise moviegoers is who is in each movie’s cast, since some actors and actresses are performing out of their usual movie genre. Seeing their favorite actor or actress in a role outside of their typical genre could delight or anger audiences, we shall see!
My Old Lady is a dramedy starring Kevin Kline, Kristen Thomas Scott, and Maggie Smith. The plot revolves around Mathias (Kline), a New Yorker, who goes to Paris to liquidate an apartment he inherited from his estranged father. Once there, he finds a refined old woman, Mathilde (Smith), living there with her daughter Chloé (Thomas). The trailer shows the angst between Mathias and Mathilde, as he tries to sell the apartment, but also the bond that develops between Mathias and Chloé. The movie opens on Wednesday, September 10.
Laggies is a romantic comedy starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley, and Sam Rockwell. The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 17. The film follows 28-year-old Megan (Knightley), who realizes after attending her high school reunion that nothing in her life has changed much, and moves to rectify the situation through incessant partying and lying to her boyfriend. The trailer shows Megan letting lose with 16-year-old Annika (Moretz), and trying to recapture some of her lost youth. The movie opens Friday, October 24.
The Captive is a Canadian thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, and Bruce Greenwood. The movie centers around the 8-year-old disappearance of Cassandra. New evidence years later indicates that she may still be alive so the police and her parents attempt to unravel the mystery behind her disappearance. The trailer shows Reynolds' ability to play hard core drama and Dawson’s investigative acting prowess. The film opens Thursday, August 21.