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Hustlers is inspired by a New York Magazine article about a group of strippers who need to diversify after the 2007 Global Financial Crisis that cripples their business. Starring #JenniferLopez, #ContanceWu, #JuliaStiles, #CardiB, and #MercedesRuehl.

Hustlers has certainly been on the hype train, with critical praise of an 88% on RT, and some talk about an Oscar nomination for J Lo. While Lopez is great, and the film is quite good, I’m not too sure where the hype has come from. Possibly, the expectations after the first trailer were so low, that the first people to see it were taken a back that it wasn’t another Striptease.

Jennifer Lopez definitely gives the performance of her career, and she looks INCREDIBLE. I mean, she is honestly defying the laws of nature. It was the first thing everyone mentioned at the screening. It’s actually quite distracting. She is stunning, and this is while she is surrounded by a much younger cast wearing next to nothing. In my opinion tho, Constance Wu gives the best performance in the film. She’s fantastic in the less flamboyant lead role.

Director Lorene Scafaria seems to have some definite inspirations for her third feature film. There’s some nods to Scorsese with a Goodfellas or Wolf of Wall Street vibe. The biggest comparison can be likened to a few Soderbergh films in Magic Mike and Oceans Eleven. The way the film is put together, the dialogue and the cinematography, it’s very reminiscent of Soderbergh's style. The one area the film is let down is the script. It’s a little shallow and I felt like it needed to be tightened up, to give it a faster pace. Also, I couldn’t help but feel the soundtrack could have been a little more inventive, but I could be completely out of touch.

#Hustlers is an enjoyable outing, that looks great! Man, Woman, whatever your sexual preference, you’re not going to be able to take your eyes off J Lo.

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Reviewed by Josh

Plot
A crew of savvy former strip club employees band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Run time: 107m

Stars: Cardi B Constance Wu Jennifer Lopez Julia Stiles Keke Palmer Lili Reinhart Lizzo Madeline Brewer Mercedes Ruehl Mette Towley

Whoooooaaa! Takashi Miike is such a wonderfully unique film maker. You never know what you’re going to get, and I love that.

In First Love you pretty much get it all. A ‘Comedy Crime Romance’, with aspects of Horror & Spaghetti Westerns. There’s ultra gore, kick ass action, Manga, high tension, heartfelt emotion, loads of laughs, great acting and the film looks stunning. I definitely got the sense Tarantino would love this film, and you can definitely see where he gets some of his inspiration from.

Miike has always pushed boundaries. I fell in love with him when I first watched Audition, and then that was cemented by Ichi The Killer, which almost literally knocked my socks off. Takashi churns out a lot of films, with his directorial count now up to 103 credits. I can only assume that a lot of these are directed solely at the Japanese market, as most of the releases go unnoticed in the western world. But every now and then something like First Love gets a fairly wide release, and we get to immerse ourselves in this wonderfully bizarre world he creates.

#FirstLove is the romantic comedy you need to see this year. Boy meets girl after being diagnosed with a life threatening tumour. Boy saves girl from the clutches of evil. Love blossoms, and boy and girl live happily ever after. All this is surrounded with crazy drug lords, corrupt cops, the Yakuza, a female assassin, and a kick ass revenge crazed women out for buckets of blood. And all this happens over one night.

There’s some great performances with special mention to Masataka Kubota, who plays Leo the boxer. He has great screen presence. Also introducing Sakurako Konishi as Monica. In her first film, the drug addicted, sex worker is not an easy character to play and she does exceptionally well.

First Love is another great Takashi Miike film. I would also say it’s a great place to start if you haven’t seen a Takashi film before. You can then venture up to the more horrific Audition and Ichi The Killer.

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Reviewed by Josh

Plot
A young boxer and a call girl get caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.

Run time: 108m

Stars: Becky Duan Chun-hao Maimi Yajima Mami Fujioka Masataka Kubota Nao Omori Sakurako Konishi Shota Sometani Takahiro Miura Yen Cheng-kuo

Kim Sun-woo (Byung-Hun Lee) is an enforcer and manager for a hotel owned by a cold, calculative crime boss, who assigns him to a simple errand while he is away on a business trip.

Jee-Woon Kim is somewhat overshadowed by a few South-Korean directors, the reason for it, is beyond me, because to me he is very close on being in the same level as the great Chan-Wook Park or academy award winning Bong Joon Ho. I mean the Jee-Woon Kim is behind such a masterpiece that is titled ”I Saw The Devil”. I hadn’t seen ”A Bittersweet Life” before so i decided to make it my number one priority to get it and watch it. As the film ended, i was blown away, left speechless. Not sure why i was so stunned knowing already that Korean revenge-flicks are truly one of a kind. And to be honest, this was no different.

I was in awe from the sheer beauty of the exquisitely choreographed and crafted action scenes, the over-the-top yet somehow realistic violence and by the fact that the film actually had lots to say in a deeper level for an action/thriller movie. The violence, whilst there is a bunch of it, is lot easier to swallow than in ”I Saw The Devil”. The amount of gore is significantly lower in this one.

Byung-Hun Lee is a masterful actor, steals every second of ”A Bittersweet Life”. From the smooth delivery of lines of dialogue to the amazing capability of showing a wide range of emotions that felt nothing short of real. Besides the piece being a Jee-Won’s film, this is equally showcasing Byung-Hun Lee’s natural talent as an actor. Supporting cast do carry their weight also.

There’s a lot of small yet important details in this film, noticeable for sure but not in the vein of your usual action-flick that you can miss a few minutes and still be on the absolute track of what’s going on. So make sure to stay focused throughout.

A must see Korean revenge tale with a simple yet so gripping story and plot. Extremely well-shot, directed and superbly acted. Byung-Hun Lee is a tour de force. Can’t believe it took me 15 years to see ”A Bittersweet Life”, but hey. Better late than never. HIGHLY recommended.

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Reviewed by Roope (PurgatoryFlicks)

Plot
Kim Sun-woo is an enforcer and manager for a hotel owned by a cold, calculative crime boss, Kang who assigns Sun-Woo to a simple errand while he is away on a business trip; to shadow his young mistress, Heesoo, for fear that she may be cheating on him with another, younger man, with the mandate that he must kill them both if he discovers their affair.

Run time: 120m

Stars: Eric Mun Hwang Jung-min Jin Goo Kim Hae-gon Kim Roe-ha Kim Yeong-cheol Lee Byung-hun Lee Ki-young Oh Dal-su Shin Min-a

After a heist goes awry, a bank robber tries to free his brother from Rikers Island, all in the same night. Starring Rob Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Barkhad Abdi.
 
Visually striking with a nice color palette and the highly suspenseful pacing that has a slight resemblance to aNicolas Winding Refn or early Haneke film. The suspenseful music that plays in nearly every scene is mesmerizing and honestly it's fantastic how original it sounds and it suits the films visuals and story perfectly. The film is not actually about having a good time, but hell it was so realistic and gritty, it was such a thrilling ride.
 
We get another stunning performance from Pattinson who has past his Twilight-career and produced some great performances, see: "The Lost City of Z, The Rover, Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars". This is by far the best performance from him, I really like the way he gives everything to a role and quite frankly has a very wide range as an actor.
 
Ultimately this film is guaranteed a top 5 spot in my top 5 of the year (2017). I mean this was fantastic and most definitely deserves a higher IMDB-score than it has now. One of the best films I've seen all year (2017). Close to the likes of Blade Runner, Wind River, Dunkirk, Get Out. So surprised how good this actually was. A damn near perfect movie.
 
Movie Review by Roope
 

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Run time: 101m Tagline: Are you ready for a Good Time? Release: 2017-08-11

Stars: Barkhad Abdi Benny Safdie Buddy Duress Eric Paykert Gladys Mathon Jennifer Jason Leigh Necro Peter Verby Robert Pattinson Taliah Webster

A brilliantly understated epic! Scorsese delivers an epic mob story that is profoundly delicate, and technically perfect.

It's nothing short of amazing, the feeling you get seeing these colossal actors back on the big screen with Marty calling the shots. De Niro is the best he's been in years, even decades. To see Joe Pesci back is really a pinch yourself moment. I can't believe he was asked over 50 times by Scorese to do this. Pacino is Pacino, and that's always a good thing, but in his first ever film with Marty (I can't believe it) it's pitch perfect. Then there's the slew of other great actors in what feels like cameo after cameo. Bobby Cannavale, Jesse Plemons, Stephen Graham, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, Sebastian Maniscalco, the list goes on and on.

The story has the feeling of something extremely personal. The Irishman is a reflection into the past. It's about family, religion, regrets, and so much more. This is an older and wiser Scorsese, and he splatters his life lessons all over the screen. It's a rich tapestry of nostalgia, and at the same time this is a master filmmaker at the top of his game using a new subtle approach.

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Reviewed by Josh

The 3hr29 runtime was always going to be a bit daunting for me, and I'm sure others. I would say that a film like this really needs and would benefit from an intermission. A chance to stretch the legs, grab a wine, and quickly reflect for 10 minutes with your friends on what has been witnessed so far. #bringbackintermission

Plot
Pennsylvania, 1956. Frank Sheeran, a war veteran of Irish origin who works as a truck driver, accidentally meets mobster Russell Bufalino. Once Frank becomes his trusted man, Bufalino sends him to Chicago with the task of helping Jimmy Hoffa, a powerful union leader related to organized crime, with whom Frank will maintain a close friendship for nearly twenty years.

Run time: 209m Tagline: His story changed history Release: 2019-11-01

Stars: Al Pacino Anna Paquin Bobby Cannavale Harvey Keitel Joe Pesci Kathrine Narducci Ray Romano Robert De Niro Stephanie Kurtzuba Stephen Graham

The Gentlemen is a super fun cockney crime caper playing to Richie’s undeniable strengths.

Now I don’t think Guy Richie has made a decent film since 2008’s RocknRolla, so it’s a pleasant surprise I can say, Guy Richie is back baby!!!

I had an absolute blast with The Gentlemen. Some wonderful performances, especially from Hunnam and Farrell. Charlie Hunnam was a big surprise for me here, giving the best performance in a great ensemble. McConaughey is fine and Hugh Grant didn’t quite work for me. He was having a lot of fun with the character, but it didn’t sit quite right with me. It could go either way.

The movie does start off a tad slow and a bit clunky, with Hugh Grants character just setting up the story, but when it gets going it’s a cracker. Getting back to his roots, Richie injects heaps of laughs, loads of swearing, and a nice splattering of violence throughout. It’s a pick and mix of Lock Stock and RocknRolla. There’s some great music and action pieces and there’s a couple of scenes that are honestly up there with Guy Richie’s best. Namely a hip hop video and a scene in a council flat where you really get to see Hunnam at top level.

I highly recommend this. I wasn’t expecting too much and ended up loving it, and if you loved RocknRolla you should love this!

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Reviewed by Josh

Plot
American expat Mickey Pearson has built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.

Run time: 113m Tagline: Criminal. Class. Release: 2020-01-01

Stars: Brittany Ashworth Charlie Hunnam Colin Farrell Henry Golding Hugh Grant Jason Wong Jeremy Strong Jordan Long Matthew McConaughey Michelle Dockery

After barely surviving a violent attack by an elusive serial killer, crime boss Jang Dong-su (Don Lee) finds himself forming an unlikely partnership with local detective Jung Tae-seok (Kim Moo Yul) to catch the sadistic killer.

I haven’t seen many reviews for this in Instagram so might as well go ahead and recommend it. The film was screened at Cannes earlier this year and i can understand why. Frankly, it’s a hell of a film. Safe to say, i had so much fun with it. First off, the standout is Dong-Seok Ma as the Gangster, you might know him from the excellent ”Train to Busan” a couple years back. Everytime he gets the spotlight here, he kills it and owns every second of it. His portrayal of a mob boss is ace. Funny, threatening, bad-ass and zero f-s given. Good is also the co-star Mu-Yeol Kim who plays the cop. Best parts of the film for me was when the two were comically disagreeing over everything and fighting verbally & with fists. Through out i kept forgetting that there was a serial killer here, until the guy showed up again. Kim Sungkyu as the killer, also does an ok job considering what he’s given.

Film was also solid from a storytelling perspective, though the film isn’t the deepest of movies this year. Cinematography is surprisingly good, music choices are thrilling. Through out it’s a non-stop old school badassery and it’s very self-aware about it. ”The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil” had me smiling for the entire film, and yeah i’m aware about the gruesome subject matter. -

A refreshing addition to the crime-thriller genre with an absolutely spot-on perfect ending. I strongly recommend seeing this if the chance is given! If not for the cool storyline, then for the oh so great leading performances and excellent pacing or killer action scenes. A film worth your time! More people should check this one out. Might even pump up the ratings a bit on rewatch.

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Reviewed by Roope 

Josh Says
Roope recommended this to me and I was not disappointed. This is a kickass action Korean gangster flick with a menacing performance from Dong-seok Ma!
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Plot
After barely surviving a violent attack by an elusive serial killer, crime boss Jang Dong-su finds himself forming an unlikely partnership with local detective Jung Tae-seok to catch the sadistic killer simply known as "K".

Run time: 110m Tagline: Don't let the devil win Release: 2019-05-15

Stars: Heo Dong-won Kim Gyu-ri Kim Mu-yeol Kim Sung-kyu Lee Seo-hwan Ma Dong-seok Oh Hee-joon Ryu Tae-ho Yoo Jae-myung Yoo Seung-mok

From the opening scene you cop the brunt of what you hope won't be a terrible script. Unfortunately it doesn't get any better. I'm not sure what the film was trying to do or trying to be. I'm really not. It feels like they were trying to make it a little confusing so they could reveal a twist at the end, but they blatantly give it away in the early stages.

It's hard to say if there were any good performances with the dialogue they had to contend with. I think Stephan James (Beale Street, Homecoming (TV)) was decent, but that was about it for me. After recently seeing Sienna Miller deliver an Oscar worthy performance in American Women, this just shows how much a director and some good source material is needed..

There is some nice cinematography and the movie is visually appealing, but that's all I can take out of it.

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Reviewed by Josh

Plot
An embattled NYPD detective, is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him.

Run time: 99m Tagline: The only way out is through him

Stars: Alexander Siddig Chadwick Boseman Gary Carr J.K. Simmons Keith David Louis Cancelmi Sienna Miller Stephan James Taylor Kitsch Victoria Cartagena

The Devil Next Door (2019) by. Yossi Bloch & Daniel Sivan

A Netflix true-crime/history documentary mini series, that focuses on the case of John Demjanjuk, and his trial. He was accused of being one of the most notorious Nazi guards, Ivan the Terrible, by several survivors from the Treblinka death camp.

”The Devil Next Door” is extremely well made and never lost my interest. It never shies away from showing disturbing footage and telling heartbreaking stories from the holocaust. It’s unbiased approach which is arguably highly uncommon in true-crime docos, works extraordinarily well in it’s benefit. It raises so many questions and leaves it up to the viewer to find out the answers to these questions. Whether Demjanjuk actually was Ivan the Terrible or not. Has the team of prosecutors proven beyond a reasonable doubt their case? Had the defense proven that there is a doubt? Tricky subject matter since the penalty of the crimes would’ve been death by hanging.

I won’t share whether I felt that he was guilty or not, because I’m honestly not convinced either way. That’s where this was so good, as the audience is left with the chance to decide on their own, without being pushed more to one direction than the other. Not really for the faint of heart though. At times, very disturbing. Among other adjectives this was truly thought-provoking, heartbreaking, educating. Please, give this one a few hours.

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Reviewed by Roope (PurgatoryFlicks)

Plot
A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous Nazi death camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.

Stars: John Demjanjuk

Do yourself a favour and get in and watch this before the remake with Jake Gyllenhaal gets done. I love these films. In a single setting and in real time, think Tom Hardy’s Locke, Ryan Reynolds in Buried or Colin Farrell’s Phone Booth. I’m always so impressed at how thrilling these can be made. It’s all script and lead performance. So impressive.

There’s twists and turns, and a great lead performance from Jakob Cedergren. It’s tense and thrilling and has your attention from the opening scene. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed by Josh

{Available on SBS OnDemand}

Plot
Police officer Asger Holm, demoted to desk work as an alarm dispatcher, answers a call from a panicked woman who claims to have been kidnapped. Confined to the police station and with the phone as his only tool, Asger races against time to get help and find her.

Run time: 86m Tagline: The crime is bigger than you think Release: 2018-06-14

Stars: Jacob Ulrik Lohmann Jakob Cedergren Jeanette Lindbæk Jessica Dinnage Johan Olsen Katinka Evers-Jahnsen Laura Bro Morten Suurballe Omar Shargawi Simon Bennebjerg

’I used to think that my life was a tragedy, but now I realize, it’s a comedy.’
Todd Phillips has rendered the complete opposite. Known for such comedies as The Hangover, Old School and Starsky & Hutch, Phillips has departed from comedy and has gone full blown tragedy. And he nails it!

I think the best quote in the film, and the one that really shines a light on its message, is something Arthur Fleck writes in his journal. ‘The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.’ Joker, at its core, is not a comic book film, it’s a comprehensive introspection into mental illness.

The feel of the movie, to me, is slightly reminiscent of a Nolan type Batman universe. The sets, the cinematography, the score. With it’s obvious dark undercurrent I felt like this could easily have been a twisted little brother of The Dark Knight trilogy. I think it really fits in, in its own weird way. There are also some questions raised and changes made to the origin story that certainly gives new thought to the Joker and Batman relationship.

The question was asked in regards to Joaquin’s performance up against Heath Ledgers. For me, its incomparable. The story is so different, this era of the Joker’s life, years apart. Years that change and affirm one’s beliefs and actions. Ledger’s Joker is fully fledged, while Joaquin’s is still a far more human Arthur Fleck. That being said, I can definitely see this Joker transforming into The Dark Knight’s Joker, in the years that would pass.

This is 100% my favourite type of comic adaptation. Dark & gritty drama. Like Logan, It’s always a welcomed change. If DC & Warner Brothers are contemplating this angle I’m all for it. Let Marvel do it’s thing. Let’s get wonderfully dark DC!

Joker deserves nothing but 5 stars. With an outstanding Oscar worthy performance at the forefront, it’s an extremely accomplished film that tackles hard & controversial themes. For the comic book fans it gives a dark new interesting take on the origin of Batman’s arch enemy.

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Written by Josh 

Run time: 122m Tagline: Put on a happy face. Release: 2019-10-02

Stars: Bill Camp Brett Cullen Frances Conroy Glenn Fleshler Joaquin Phoenix Josh Pais Leigh Gill Robert De Niro Shea Whigham Zazie Beetz

The Safdie F*#king Brothers! Wow! Again, they smash it out of the park, with this anxiety fuelled thrill ride, featuring Adam Sandler like you've never seen him before. This performance should definitely be in the conversation surrounding the best performances of the year. No doubt!
Uncut Gems is a NO holds barred thriller that doesn't give you a second to catch your breath.

Obviously we all saw and loved Good Time a few years ago. This really cemented Josh & Benny Safdie as directors to watch with intent. If you haven't seen their previous film, Heaven Knows What, I highly recommend sourcing it out. While not as polished as their more recent films, it certainly has the hallmarks they are becoming known for. Heaven Knows What is definitely the most raw film they've done, and it's impressive to see what they can do with a tiny budget.

What the Safdie brothers do so well, is they create an ultra realistic setting, and just drop you in. Set in a Midtown New York Jewellery markets, Howard is an owner and trader. He also seems to have a gambling and money problem that’s catching up with him fast. He’s chasing a big win to try and pay back some heavy hitters.

You’re thrown straight into the environmental chaos the Diamond District of New York has to offer. The setting is frantic and with a technique of having dialogue overlapping dialogue it gives you the sense that it's all ad libbed. It feels like it can't be scripted, edging you into a false pretense of realism. The film doesn’t let up either, building the tension with dramatic effect.

Adam Sandler is as I said, outstanding. Playing the edge of loveable and loathsome with perfection. Julia Fox, a first time actor is another real highlight of this film. She plays Howard’s girlfriend and she really shines whenever she’s on screen. Amazing find by the Safdie’s.

Uncut Gems is a thrilling ride! A tense, frenetic, emotionally charged thrill ride, that only when the credits role, will you notice you haven’t had enough oxygen in the last 2 hrs 15. Time to breathe!!

One of the best films of 2019

Hits Netflix (except US) Jan 31 2020

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Reviewed By Josh (FilmNotions)

Nick Says (NicksFlixFix)
This movie was even better the second time around.
The insanity of a the first viewing can definitely be a lot to take in, but now with the chance to really focus in on the story... fuck this movie is a thrill ride!
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Run time: 135m Tagline: This is how I win. Release: 31-01-20 (Netflix)

Stars: Adam Sandler Idina Menzel John Amos Judd Hirsch Julia Fox Kevin Garnett Lakeith Stanfield The Weeknd Tilda Swinton Trinidad James

Stylish. Too little substance. First 40 mins work well to get you invested in Kelly. Then becomes a bore fest. The trailer has the best moments. Very... interesting finale. Not necessarily in a good way.

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Nick (NicksFlicksFix)

Plot
Set against the badlands of colonial Australia where the English rule with a bloody fist and the Irish endure, Ned Kelly discovers he comes from a line of Irish rebels—an uncompromising army of cross dressing bandits immortalised for terrorising their oppressors back in Ireland. Nurtured by the notorious bushranger, Harry Power and fuelled by the unfair arrest of his mother, Kelly recruits a wild bunch of warriors to plot one of the most audacious attacks of anarchy and rebellion the country has ever seen.

Run time: 124m Release: 2020-01-09

Stars: Charlie Hunnam Earl Cave Essie Davis George MacKay Jacob Collins-Levy Nicholas Hoult Orlando Schwerdt Russell Crowe Sean Keenan Thomasin McKenzie

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A contemporary and culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about. Elliot will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America.

Stars: Ashlie Atkinson BD Wong Carly Chaikin Christian Slater Elliot Villar Grace Gummer Martin Wallström Michael Cristofer Rami Malek

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When an insidious supernatural force edges its way into a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy, it leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe in.

Stars: Ben Mendelsohn Bill Camp Cynthia Erivo Jason Bateman Jeremy Bobb Julianne Nicholson Marc Menchaca Mare Winningham Paddy Considine Yul Vazquez