AWFJ Movie of the Week, September 14-September 20: SICARIO

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sicario posterOpening September 2, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Sicario, which stars the exceptional Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, Into the Woods) as an idealistic FBI agent who finds herself in the middle of the escalating war on drugs taking place on the border between the United States and Mexico.. Read on…

She stars alongside Benicio del Toro, who gives what critics are describing as one of the finest performances of his career as a government advisor with his own personal agenda, as well as Josh Brolin, Victor Garber and Jon Bernthal.

French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve has proven he can deliver tense, thought-provoking drama with the likes of Incendies, Prisoner and last year’s brilliant Enemy; achievements which, along with Sciaro, have seen him given the awesome responsibility of helming the upcoming Blade Runner sequel. Here, he is working with a tight, intelligent debut screenplay from actor turned writer Taylor Sheridan, which packs a political punch as well as some incredible action; the latter lensed to perfection by veteran cinematographer Roger Deakins.

The real draw, however, is watching Emily Blunt excel in another demanding role, further cementing her place as one of the leading ladies of modern cinema.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Pam Grady: Benicio Del Toro is absolutely chilling as he gives one of the finest performances of his career as a government “adviser” with an agenda in Sicario, a tense, violent thriller set along the American/Mexican border and amidst a literal war on drugs.

Leba Hertz: The always talented Benicio del Toro outdoes himself, giving possibly the best performance of his career in Sicario

Film Details:
Title: Sicario
Director: Dennis Villeneuve
Release Date: September 18, 2015
Running Time: 121 mins
Language: English, Spanish
Shooting Location(s): Albuquerque, New Mexico
Principal Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber
Screenwriter: Taylor Sheridan
Production Companies: Black Label Media, Thunder Road Pictures
Distributor: Lionsgate
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AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Kristy Puchko, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of September 14-20:

September 14
The Hive
The Swaggapuss Story

September 15
Call Girl of Cthulhu
Pups United
Quarter Life Crisis
Bite School
Crave: The Fast Life
The Luigi0730 Sequel
Mu Tiya Mu The Mysterious Melody
Doctor Feelgood
Uncomfortably Numb

September 16
Prawn Sacrifice

September 17
A Reunion

September 18
Black Mass
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
War Pigs
About Ray
The Man Who Saved the World
The New Girlfriend
Katti Batti
Being Canadian
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
Uncle John
The Martial Arts Kid
Racing Extinction
Prophets Prey
Movement and Location
Jeremy Scott: The Peoples Designer
CT Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession
Songs From the North
The Ragpicker’s Dream

September 19
Imaginary Movie
Zone of Silence
The Path of the Sun

September 20
Hypnotize Me

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.