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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #75. John Michael McDonaugh’s War on Everyone

War on Everyone

Director: John Michael McDonaugh
Writer: John Michael McDonaugh

The McDonaugh brothers have been showcasing their particular penchant for dark comedy over the past decade, beginning with Martin McDonaugh’s 2008 film In Bruges. John Michael McDonaugh followed with his 2010 debut The Guest, and 2014’s exceptional Cavalry, both premiering at Sundance to great acclaim, followed by international premieres in Berlin. He’s back with his first US set feature, War on Everyone, another comedic thriller concerning immoral police officers. An intriguing cast promises to expand McDonaugh’s appeal stateside.

Cast: Michael Pena, Alexander Skarsgard, Theo James, Stephanie Sigman, Tessa Thompson, Caleb Landry Jones, Paul Reiser

Production Co./Producers: Reprise Films’ Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez-Marengo (Calvalry), Bankside Films’ Phil Hunt and Compton Ross (Freeheld).

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic) StudioCanal (international).

Release Date: War on Everyone is McDonaugh’s first title to bypass Sundance, recently announcing its world premiere in the Panorama section at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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