Jason Reitman's Labor Day screened to a warm reception at the Telluride Film Festival.
The Coen Brothers, Alexander Payne and Robert Redford are among those attending this year's Telluride Film Festival, premiering their latest movies in the Colorado mountains for an event dedicated to the memory of filmmaker Les Blank, film critic Roger Ebert, entrepreneur George Gund and author Donald Richie.
It's actually the first time the Coen's have visited Telluride and they'll be screening their latest Oscar tipped movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Alexander Payne brings his equally anticipated Nebraska, while Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Ralph Fiennes The Invisible Woman and Redford's All Is Lost also screen.
However, much of the talk ahead of the festival focused on Jason Reitman's drama Labor Day, which also screens at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. It stars Oscar winner Kate Winslet as a struggling mother and her son who accidently bring an escaped prisoner into their lives.
In his review at Telluride, Peter Debruge of Variety heaped praise on the movie's cinematography, writing, "The mid-'80s period aspects - beautifully rendered by d.p. Eric Steelberg in sun-dappled shots that seem to be elegantly tracking in, out, left and right at all times - are so ripe with nostalgia, "Labor Day" also calls to mind J.J. Abrams' "Super 8," only the characters aren't junior filmmakers but budding pie-bakers, and rather than aliens, they have a hostage crisis to contend with."
Gregory Ellwood of HitFix.com wrote, "Reitman is assisted by another strong performance by Winslet who once again proves she might be the second best living actress on the planet after Meryl Streep (and she is likely the film's strongest awards player)."
Labor Day, based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, will hit theaters in the U.S. on January 31, 2013, though a limited release on Christmas Day will ensure it's eligible for the major prizes come awards season.
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