This fall, a pair of high-profile Texas directors – David Gordon Green and Richard Linklater – will release new films that could get the attention of Oscar voters. Green’s up first with “Stronger,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, a man who lost both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing. Meanwhile, Linklater gathers Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburn and Bryan Cranston for “Last Flag Flying.” It tells the story of a grieving father (Carell) who goes on a road trip to retrieve the remains of his son, who was killed in action in Iraq. This week, we preview those films and take a sneak peek at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which one of our team members will be attending.
Aside from Gyllenhaal, “Stronger” features Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslay, Miranda Richardson, and Clancy Brown in supporting roles. Green, who grew up in Richardson, will be premiering the film next week at the Toronto Film Festival, and it’ll be released in the U.S. on Sept. 22.
Based on novelist Darryl Ponicsan’s book of the same name, “Last Flag Flying” is a sequel to the 1973 comedy-drama “The Last Detail,” starring Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid. It’ll premiere later this month at the New York Film Festival, and a wider release will follow Nov. 3.
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