Riley Stearns on Female Leads, Dueling and DUAL (Sundance FF 2022) – Pamela Powell interviews

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival is in a virtual mode again this year. On the upside, everyone has access to purchasing tickets to an event that was once rather exclusionary, limited to those who could attend the festival in the quaint town of Park City, Utah. The film Dual, written and directed by Riley Stearns, is a part of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival’s US Dramatic Competition category. Here’s what he has ti say about writing a female lead, the Covid challenge and Dual.

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GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE – Review by Leslie Combemale

Gunpower Milkshake is proof that you can have five talented, compelling actors acting the hell out of themselves and it still won’t make up for a one-dimensional derivative script. I’d still crawl through teargas to see Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, and Carla Gugino in an assassin sisterhood, but it’s a real disappointment they didn’t have a script that could leverage their combined star power and thespian skill.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Awkwafina and Karen Gillan Reunite for SHELLY – Brandy McDonnell reports

Jumanji: The Next Level co-stars Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) and Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy) are set to reunite for the action-comedy Shelly, described as a high concept film that combines high school nostalgia, comedy and action, with a tone that is a mix of Mean Girls and Barry.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 28-Aug. 3: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Opening Aug. 1, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel Studios franchise, with its 2017 sequel recently announced at Comic-Con. Directed by James Gunn and co-written by Nicole Perlman, the film is filled with eye-popping CGI and spectacle. It has just the right mix of action, comedy and heart that makes for a super successful superhero movie. The cast is led by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro, and features the voice talents of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. Read on…

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