I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.
Ryan Reynolds has not had a great track record when it comes to mainstream cinema over the past decade culminating with the disastrous GREEN LANTERN in 2011. However he has done quite well on the independent front (especially in the dark comedy THE VOICES from earlier this year.) The trailer for Reynolds’ latest MISSISSIPPI GRIND hit the internet today. He’s acting along side the fabulous character actor Ben Mendolsohn (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) so this buddy film should be a solid romp.
Here’s the plot synopsis released by A24:
In this lively, freewheeling road movie, Emmy Award nominee Ben Mendelsohn plays Gerry, a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begins to change when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. As they make their way down the Mississippi River, Gerry and Curtis manage to find themselves in just about every bar, racetrack, casino, and pool hall they can find, experiencing both incredible highs and dispiriting lows, but ultimately forging a deep and genuine bond that will stay with them long after their adventure is over.
Reminiscent of classic 1970s American Cinema, Mississippi Grind is an unforgettable journey featuring two characters who—flawed as they may be—are always worth rooting for. It’s a film about friendship, addiction, regret, family, and the paths we sometimes unexpectedly find ourselves on—told with empathy, humor, and a remarkable light touch by acclaimed filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (HALF NELSON, IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY).
Fleck and Boden have made some stellar films in the past chiefly IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY. Their eclectic directorial choices show their talents as filmmakers so this release will be one to look out for when it hits theaters September 25th. DirecTV customers will get the chance to see the film early when it hits the service on August 13th.