"Wakefield," One Of The Year's Best Movies, Finally Gets A Release Date



IFC Films has JUST acquired “Wakefield,” a drama starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner, which premiered last year at Telluride and Toronto, for a May 19 theatrical release and a May 26 VOD launch. This is what I had to say about the film last September when I saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival:

"Wakefield would not be as fascinating if its central performance wasn’t as fully fleshed out as Cranston makes it. In the best performance of his career on the silver screen, it’s made even more impressive by the fact that he is mostly alone for the majority of the film, but what he does is never less than riveting. He infuses his character with humor, heartbreak, and scathing cynicism. His Howard Wakefield is not necessarily a man one is supposed to like and, in many ways, he represents a kind of anti-hero that not many actors could pull off. Swicord, mostly known for her screenplays such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Little Women, shows a surprising amount of restraint as compared to her previous works. Here she makes a film stripped of artifice designed to ponder deep, humane questions about existence. With an ending meant to spark debate and cause both anger and provocation in its audience, Wakefield fights formula and creates its own unique cinematic language."
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