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The Dinner

Drama, Thriller
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 16 augustus 2018
Regie: Oren Moverman
Cast: Richard Gere (An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Arbitrage, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ), Steve Coogan (The Trip to Spain, The Other Guys), Laura Linney (Nocturnal Animals, Sully), Rebecca Hall (The Town, Frost/Nixon), Chlo Sevigny (Antibirth, The Snowman)

Twee vervreemde broers Stan (Richard Gere) en Paul (Steve Coogan) en hun echtgenoten Katelyn (Rebecca Hall) en Claire (Laura Linney) gaan een avond uit eten in een trendy restaurant. Ze praten over alledaagse dingen maar vermijden ondertussen de olifant in de kamer, de vreselijke misdaad die hun twee 16 jarige zonen samen hebben begaan.

Hoewel de identiteit van hun zonen nog niet is ontdekt en wellicht nooit aan het licht zal komen, zullen ze deze avond moeten beslissen over de toekomst van hun eigen kinderen.Naarmate de avond vordert, onthult elk persoon hoever ze bereidt zijn te gaan om degenen te beschermen waar ze van houden.

Gebaseerd op de bestseller van Herman Koch.

Reviews
  • Variety.com: Moverman balances the potential for staginess with his flowing cinematic bravura; he keeps surprising you, and he gives the drama a dash of poison elegance.
  • The Playlist.net: This is a film that glories in juxtaposition, as exchanges of bestial ferocity hiss back and forth in an excruciatingly elegant destination restaurant, and as poisonously feral barbs are traded across a table laden with elaborately effete hors d'oeuvres.
  • TheWrap.com: At once a darkly comic social satire, a pitch-black moral thriller and an earnest plea to recognize mental illness, The Dinner is a seven-layer dip overflowing with compelling individual ingredients.
  • Urbancinefile.com.au: All the performances are astonishing. This is an outstanding piece of cinema, provocative and insightful, filled with metaphor and the recognisable flaws of humanity and the world today, yet far from bitter.
  • Blu-ray.com: The film delivers on both emotional and perhaps especially moral grounds, exposing the traumas experienced by a quartet who can't even decide what the right thing to do is, let alone doing it.
  • TheIndependentCritic.com: The Dinner is a riveting adult drama that will have you replaying the film over and over again in your mind as you search for the meaning of it all and come face-to-face with the uncomfortable truths.
  • WeGotThisCovered.com: An imperfect but fascinating film, The Dinner's stellar cast delivers a deeply troubling and psychologically complex treatment of class and family.

Ideal Home

Komedie
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 18 oktober 2018
Regie: Andrew Fleming
Cast: Steve Coogan (The Trip to Spain, The Other Guys), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, This is 40, Fun Mom Dinner), Jack Gore (Problem Child), Alison Pill (Milk, Hail Caesar!), Jake McDorman (American Sniper, Live Free or Die Hard)

Een succesvol kookprogramma en feestjes voor de elite, maar ook willetjes en grilletjes en wrijvinkjes... Hoe dan ook staat het luxeleventje van homokoppel Erasmus (Steve Coogan -  The Trip to Spain, The Other Guys) en Paul (Paul Rudd – Ant-Man, This is 40) in schril contrast met dat van Erasmus’ vervreemde biologische zoon Dale (Jake McDorman) en diens tienjarige zoontje Bill (Jack Gore). Wanneer de politie Dale inrekent, weet het pientere kereltje te ontsnappen. Gewapend met het adres van zijn grootvader, bezorgt hij Erasmus en Paul de verrassing van hun leven. Hoewel Paul niet blaakt van enthousiasme, besluiten ze zich toch over Bill te ontfermen. Erasmus en zijn kleinzoon groeien naar elkaar toe, maar hun band drijft een wig tussen zijn relatie met Paul. Tot overmaat van ramp komt Dale op vrije voeten en eist hij het hoederecht over zijn zoontje weer op … het ideale thuis, wat was dat ook alweer?

Ideal Home is een heerlijke komedie, vaak grof in de mond, maar met het hart steeds op de juiste plaats. Topkomieken Coogan en Rudd schitteren als het ruziënde koppel dat dringend aan een verrijking en herijking van zijn waarden en liefde toe is.

Reviews
  • Empireonline.com (****!): Coogan and Rudd work their asses off to make Erasmus and Paul the most memorable screen gay men since The Birdcage. It’s caustic, authentic, and very, very funny.
  • Variety.com: A cozy duet of tit-for-tat bitchery. 
  • Gay-Themed-Films.com: Fleming's film is a warm and fuzzy lighthearted comedy that successfully updates conventional depictions of queerness and family in a comedy film. A heartwarming closing montage of real-life LGBTIQ families also reminds us that it's time to update the universal notions of domesticity and re-define what makes a home 'ideal'.
  • Janksreviews.com: While somewhat unconventional, it takes no stretch of the imagination to see why there is so much love between Erasmus and Paul and how they can offer Bill the stability he desperately longs for. Families come in many shapes and forms, as is the case for this threesome. Ideal Home is a must-see film!
  • Popculture-y.com: Beware coming into this film looking for a romp of any kind. While there are jokes throughout the film, the best part of it are the moments of real human connection and real human folly between Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd and Jack Gore. Overall, a beautifully constructed film full of wonderful performances.
  • Screen-space.squarespace.com: Ideal Home represents the kind of quick-witted, meaningful writing that was once sought after by the big studios. Andrew Fleming's dialogue crackles and zings in the mouths of an appreciative cast, his scene structure and pacing skilful and refined.
  • Maketheswitch.com.au: Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd know how to deliver, whether it's scathing rebuttals or rip-snorting one-liners. A huge amount of fun, with some dark, real moments peppered throughout for a real kick. With just enough sweetness to balance the mixture out, this is a surprisingly endearing film.
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