Film The Vicious Kind Opens in New York City for Limited Engagement February 12 at Cinema Village in Manhattan
Los Angeles, CA January 29, 2010—Lee Toland Krieger’s The Vicious Kind, which earned two Independent Spirit Awards nominations last month, will play a limited engagement in New York City starting Friday, February 12. On the heels of a successful, critically lauded run in Los Angeles, the independent feature will play at the Cinema Village, located at 22 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003-4424. Phone theatre at 212.924.3363 or visit their web site for show times: www.cinemavillage.com.
In this, his second film, writer/director Lee Toland Krieger presents a redemption tale focused on Caleb Sinclaire (Adam Scott), a bitter construction worker whose life is turned upside down one Thanksgiving weekend. The film also stars Brittany Snow, Alex Frost and J.K. Simmons. Scott delivers an inspired performance as Caleb, a misanthrope not only prone to angry diatribes but also susceptible to flashes of naked frailty. He received the Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Actor; Lee Toland Krieger got the nomination for Best Screenplay. Tautly written, superbly shot, and supported by a lush score and hip soundtrack, The Vicious Kind offers a glimpse into the soul of a damaged man whose obstinate defense mechanisms are laid bare by his fractured relationships. Releasing Valentine’s Day weekend, The Vicious Kind is delicious fun for those who hate Valentine’s Day and a cautionary tale for those that do.
The Spirit Award Nomination is the latest accolade for The Vicious Kind since it premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film won Best Picture at the 2009 New Orleans Film Festival and Lee Krieger garnered an “Emerging Filmmaker” award from the Denver Film Festival. For his part, Scott won Best Performance at the 2009 Sidewalk Film Festival and Best Actor at the 2009 Strasbourg Film Festival.
Critical acclaim has accompanied the film as well. The Los Angeles Times said, “Featuring a knockout performance by Adam Scott, a much-deserved 2009 Independent Spirit Award Nominee for best male lead, The Vicious Kind upends the heavily tread dysfunctional family drama in ways that are unique, surprising and memorable.” Variety calls it “an unpredictable, off-kilter and scabrously funny piece of work” and that “Scott proves more than up to the challenge of a juicy lead role.” The Austinist raves “Scott’s performance is at times quiet, at times terrifying, but always captivating” and he “owns the screen and is supported by the confident direction of Toland Krieger and the stunningly beautiful cinematography of Bradley Stonesifer.” Executive produced by Neil Labute, The LA Weekly called it “the most entertaining Neil LaBute film he never made.”
Written and Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. 92 minutes/ MPAA-rated R
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