Trailer Park Gets Dramatic
From Dallas to Germany, these features highlight global conflicts
By Monica Riese, 2:02PM, Wed. Aug. 21
One little girl is keeping a secret in Nazi Germany, a doctor in Dallas has a surprising patient, and a well-respected lawyer makes a less than sterling business move. The Trailer Park will keep you on your toes.
Cormac McCarthy's first original screenplay to be produced, The Counselor tells the story of a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who finds himself in the crosshairs of a major criminal organization after a business deal goes wrong. But even if he makes it through the mess there, he'll have plenty of explaining to do to his fiancée (Penelope Cruz), who's starting to figure out that everything doesn't quite add up. With a supporting cast of Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem and direction by Ridley Scott (American Gangster, Prometheus), this one is bound to be big; look for it in theatres this fall.
With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy coming this fall, our inboxes are overflowing with books and movies made to commemorate the event. But this particular take gets viewers up close and personal not with the president himself but rather with some of the smaller players whose stories are equally integral to that day: Zac Efron as Jim Carrico, the attending physician at Parkland Hospital who was on the president's case; Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder, the Dallas businessman who inadvertently videotaped the whole ordeal on his personal camera; and Jacki Weaver as Marguerite Oswald, the assassin's mother.
The Book Thief
Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson play the foster parents of Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse), a young girl in Nazi Germany. The fledgling family takes in Max Vandenburg when he comes seeking shelter, and together, they learn the power of books, the importance of family, and what it means to do the right thing, even when it's not strictly allowed. Based on the novel by Markus Zusak, this feature wrapped early and will hit theatres in the holiday season in order to compete in this year's awards season.