A-Listers Hit Hamptons International Film Festival

George Clooney. Jennifer Garner. Alec Baldwin. Michelle Williams. Matthew Broderick. Susan Saradon. The list of Hollywood A-Listers who’ll be onscreen and onstage at the Hamptons International Film Festival has more star power than Alpha Centauri. From Oscar winners we’ve loved for years to breakthrough stars we’ll be talking about for years to come, here’s the ultimate guide to the big-name movies you won’t want to miss at the Hamptons International Film Festival[expand]

Another Happy Day

The Stars: Ellen Barkin, Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore, Thomas Haden Church, George Kennedy, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Nardelli

The Story: High-strung Lynn (Ellen Barkin) is hurled into the fire of primal, Byzantine family dynamicsin writer/director Sam Levinson’s debut feature—a winner at Sundance.

Butter

The Stars: Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Ty Burrell, Yara Shahidi, Hugh Jackman and Alicia Silverstone.

The Story: Art, politics, and food collide in this star-studded dark comedy directed by Jim Field Smith. Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell) is the undisputed king of butter carving throughout the Midwest. Now that he’s decided to withdraw from the world of competitive butter carving, the championship title is up for grabs.

Collaborator

The Stars: Martin Donovan, David Morse, Olivia Williams, Melissa Auf der Maur

The Story: Director and star Martin Donovan takes on class, celebrity and writer’s block in this tightly wound psychological drama.

Coriolanus

The Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, James Nesbitt

The Story: Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut transforms one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest, most imposing tragedies into an intensely modern cinematic experience.

The Descendants

The Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard

The Story: After a boating accident puts his wife on life support, Matt King (George Clooney) tries to re-connect with his estranged daughters, Scottie (Amara Miller) and Alexandra (played brilliantly by HIFF 2011 Breakthrough Performer Shailene Woodley), in this film from director Alexander Payne.

The Good Doctor

The Stars: Orlando Bloom, Riley Keough, Troy Garity, Rob Morrow, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Peña

The Story: Suspenseful medical dramas are a dime a dozen, but director Lance Daly’s suspenseful medical drama is a rare exception, an enthralling mix of psychological thriller and intense character study with a riveting (and against-type) Orlando Bloom performance at its center.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

The Stars: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer, Rae Dawn Chong

The Story: Directors Mark and Jay Duplass take on brotherly dynamics as well as fate and love in this delightfully authentic and moving comic gem.

Like Crazy

The Stars: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston, Oliver Muirhead

The Story: It is rare for sweet, implacable first love portrayed on screen to connect wholly with the heart. It is rare for sweet, implacable first love portrayed on screen to connect wholly with the heart. Like Crazy is a dazzling exception, featuring two brilliant young actors, Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, with remarkable screen chemistry.

Martha Marcy May Marlene

The Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson

The Story: Masterfully wrought psychological drama concerns a troubled young woman who flees an upstate New York cult and seeks refuge in the quiet home of her sister and sister’s husband.

Melancholia

The Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård

The Story: When does the end of the world become a welcome event? Director Lars von Trier’s magnificent apocalyptic epic explores the darkest corners of self-destruction in the face of terrifying planetary events.

My Week With Marilyn

The Stars: Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Watson, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench

The Story: Witness a magnificent screen transformation as one of the most acclaimed and daring actresses of our time, Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams, takes on one of the most complex, beloved and haunting luminaries in cinema history—Marilyn Monroe.

Oranges and Sunshine

The Stars: Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Richard Dillane, Tara Morice, Tammy Wakefield

The Story: In this stirring drama based on a true story, Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson) is a British social worker who stumbles upon one of the largest scandals in the United Kingdom in recent memory.

The Rum Diary

The Stars: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins

The Story: Thirteen years after Fear and Loathing in Las VegasJohnny Depp once again channels the gonzo exploits of Hunter S. Thompson .

We Need to Talk About Kevin

The Stars: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Siobhan Fallon

The Story: Eva (Tilda Swinton) must cope with her confusion, anger and guilt in the wake of a horrific school massacre perpetrated by her son Kevin (Ezra Miller).

The Woman in the Fifth

The StarsKristin Scott Thomas, Ethan Hawke, Joanna Kulig, Samir Guesmi

The Story: Ethan Hawke delivers a career-topping performance in director-writer Pawel Pawlikowski’s eerily captivating new film about a college lecturer (Hakwe) who flees to Paris after a scandal and meets a woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) who may be involved in a series of murders.

The Deep Blue Sea

The Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale

The Story: Set in post-World War II England, director Terence Davies’ riveting drama follows the romantic entanglements of Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz), who is trapped between a stale marriage with a prominent judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a doomed love affair with an alcoholic pilot (Tom Hiddleston).

 

What movie are you most looking forward to seeing at the Hamptons International Film Festival? 

 

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