The Little Hours
Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci star as the raunchy, sinning nuns in this Jeff Baena comedy based on The Decameron. They swear, they fuck, they're ruthless to the locals and when a labourer seeking refuge (played by Dave Franco) holes up at the convent, they add a new layer of horniness and substance abuse to the mix. The Little Hours had its debut at Sundance to critical praise and has already been derided as "pure trash" by the Catholic League. Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen and John C. Reilly round out the cast.
Honestly, who hasn't dreamed of disappearing from the inanity of day-to-day life? The 9 to 5, the endless commute, the drudgery of modern life, propelling you ever further into your own grim mortality. Managing the Sisyphean task of capitalist survival even as each monetizable hour heralds your physical body's ultimate and humiliating demise. Or I don't know, maybe you're chill with it all, that's fine too. In Wakefield, Bryan Cranston takes the suburban worker's fantasy to its limit by abandoning his job, his wife and his children to live outside of himself as a drifter. Each day he thinks of returning and doesn't pulls him further from his old reality and deeper into something perhaps more unhinged but potentially more free. I feel you Bryan. Jennifer Garner plays his grieving wife and Robin Swicord directs.
Riding the success of Making a Murderer, Netflix is hoping for similar raves for its new true crime series, The Keepers. Based on the disappearance 50 years ago of Sister Cathy Cesnik, the show looks into a cold case that has both mesmerized and terrorized those who knew Cathy best. It's a story about murder, abuse and a possible cover-up involving the Catholic church, local politicians and the police tasked with finding justice for Cathy.
It was supposed to be an easy task, meet a driver, get a package, drop the package off to a waiting woman on the subway, make $1500. But when Danny (played by Green Room's Callum Turner) fucks up the drop, he ends up on two-day haul through New York City to make things right. Director Adam Leon's fast-paced sophomore feature film is a classic summer heist film with young lovers in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mike Birbiglia and Grace Van Patten co-star which premieres on Netflix today.
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