David Oyelowo! If you've never seen The Paperboy, do -- if only for Oyelowo's great work (there are plenty more reasons to see this eye-popping film, as well). The actor gets another chance to shine in the new mini-movie, FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE, in which he stars, along with Dianne Wiest, as, respectively, the husband and mother of a recently deceased young woman. Oyelowo was also great in last year's HBO movie Nightingale, even if the film itself was somewhat lacking. And of course he was good as MLK in last year's Selma, too.
Maris Curran (shown at right). This is Curran's second film but the first to get a theatrical release. It is a very small movie made up of quiet, individual scenes that work together to (almost) form a story: Suffering from grief, the widower treks from New York City to Maine to visit for the first time that mother -- difficult, demanding and estranged from her daughter, even prior to the young woman's untimely death.
Rosie Perez (below) in the role of the housekeeper/helper (mom has terminal cancer, you see) -- does a terrific job, moment to moment, throughout this 82-minute movie.
TrustMovies among them) will wish it had gone further. The movie -- from FilmRise -- opens this Friday, August 5, in a dozen cities throughout the country. In New York City, it plays the Village East Cinema; in Los Angeles, you can see it at Laemmle's Music Hall. Click here then scroll down to see all currently scheduled playdates,cities and theaters. (Come September, the movie will even hit Maine!.)