Open Road Films was not even five years old when its film “Spotlight” won Best Picture at the 2016 Oscars. This year, the production company, which is jointly owned by AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group, has two very different films in contention.
“Marshall” tells the story of a key case in the life of rising lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) long before he became the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. He fights to defend a black chauffeur (played by Sterling K. Brown) who was accused by his employer (Kate Hudson) of sexual assault. Boseman earned acclaim for his portrayals of Jackie Robinson in “42” (2013) and James Brown in “Get on Up” (2014).
Reese Witherspoon , who is red-hot after producing and starring in HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” returns to romantic comedy with “Home Again,” which marks the directorial debut of Hallie Meyers-Shyer, daughter of two of the deftest directors of this genre: Nancy Meyers (“Something’s Gotta Give”) and Charles Shyer (“Father of the Bride”).
Below, detailed listings of each of these Oscar contenders, including release dates, creative types, cast lists, running times, plot summaries, and receptions both critical and commercial.
“Marshall” (Open Road Films) – Oct. 13
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Writers: Jacob Koskoff, Michael Koskoff
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown, Dan Stevens, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, James Cromwell, Jussie Smollett
Summary: Oscar-nominated producer Reginald Hudlin (“Django Unchained”) helms this biographical drama that follows a young Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman), the first African American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through a career-defining case.
“Home Again” (Open Road Films) – Sept. 8
Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Writers: Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen
Summary: Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon plays Alice Kinney, a single mom living in Los Angeles has her life change unexpectedly when she allows three young men to move in with her.