Calvary Brendan Gleeson's Father James, a man with a scruffy ginger beard, flowing black cassock, and bottomless well of empathy, is out of step with the… Calvary Brendan Gleeson's Father James, a man with a scruffy ginger beard, flowing black cassock, and bottomless well of empathy, is out of step with the… 2014-08-01 R PT100M Comedy Chris O'Dowd Aidan Gillen Brendan Gleeson Kelly Reilly Fox Searchlight Pictures
Movie Review

Calvary (2014)

MPAA Rating: R
CALVARY Brendan Gleeson and Kelly Reilly
Image credit: Jonathon Hession
CALVARY Brendan Gleeson and Kelly Reilly
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Aug 01, 2014; Rated: R; Length: 100 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Chris O'Dowd, Aidan Gillen, Brendan Gleeson and Kelly Reilly; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Brendan Gleeson's Father James, a man with a scruffy ginger beard, flowing black cassock, and bottomless well of empathy, is out of step with the cynics and sinners in his seaside parish. The title of John Michael McDonagh's Irish import refers to the site of Jesus Christ's crucifixion. In a sense, the film itself is a slow death march: One of the priest's confessors threatens to kill him for the church's sins. Unlike the director's last collaboration with Gleeson, 2011's The Guard, Calvary never quite finds its footing (the tone is muddled; the villagers are quirky cartoons). Gleeson's beautiful acting deserves a better movie. B-

Originally posted Jul 30, 2014 Published in issue #1323 Aug 08, 2014 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Dec 14 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $24.5 1 $24.5 B
2. $13.2 4 $277.4 B-
3. $7.3 3 $58.8 C-
4.
Top Five
Paramount
$7.2 1 $7.2 A-
5.
Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.1 6 $185.3 B+
6.
Interstellar
Paramount
$5.5 6 $166.8 B-
7.
Horrible Bosses 2
Warner Bros.
$4.6 3 $43.6 B-
8.
Dumb and Dumber To
Universal
$2.8 5 $82.1 C-
9. $2.5 6 $17.1 B+
10.
Wild
Fox
$1.5 2 $2.4 A-
* in millions

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