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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #141. Neil LaBute’s Dirty Weekend

Dirty Weekend

Director: Neil LaBute
Writer: Neil LaBute
Producers: Duncan Montgomery, Tiller Russell, Joey Stewart
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alice Eve, Phil Burke

It seems LaBute had a positive experience working with Alice Eve in Some Velvet Morning because here she is again headlining his cast. While Broderick can certainly enhance a film when cast correctly (think Alexander Payne’s Election), we’re curious to see what’s really going on here. Knowing LaBute, there’s some trick up his sleeve, hopefully the kind that has a generous payoff. 2013 was something of a return for LaBute, with Velvet and the adaptation of his play, Some Girl(s) from Daisy von Scherler Mayer both being worthwhile indie features. We’re happy to see him continuing with his own work rather than the odd remakes.

Gist: Broderick plays a businessman who finds himself delayed in a city where a year earlier a few too many drinks led to an unexpected encounter that has haunted him since. He sets out with a co-worker (Eve) to figure out what really happened that night..

Release Date: With Some Velvet Morning opening in theaters and concurrently VOD, we’re assuming we’ll see LaBute take a similar approach with this title.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is'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), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.


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