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‘To Leslie’ Review: Andrea Riseborough Takes Raw Command in a Lacerating Drama of Alcoholism Run Amok

Click here to read the full article. For an actor, there’s an obvious showboat appeal to playing a serious out-of-control drunk. You can fight, you can rage, you can tap your inner party animal, you can rotate through emotions like a human mood ring, you can descend into the kind of degraded dishevelment that’s the lower-depths version of an awards-bait transformation. Yet to give a truly remarkable performance as an alcoholic, you have to make good on the old line about it — that someone who’s drunk is working hard not to act that way. They’re trying to fool the...
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Does Anything Scare Andrea Riseborough When Taking on New Roles? "It Terrifies Me to Be Part of Crap"

Is there anything Andrea Riseborough can’t do? All it takes is a quick glance at her filmography to confirm that Riseborough consistently commits herself to daring projects that maximize her significant range. Possessor, Nancy, the Black Mirror episode “Crocodile” -- the list can go on and on, and now Riseborough adds yet another show-stopping performance to it with her SXSW 2022 film, To Leslie.
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‘To Leslie’ Review: Marc Maron and Andrea Riseborough Share Riveting Chemistry in Alcoholism Drama

Click here to read the full article. Michael Morris’ “To Leslie” is a redemptive drama about a poor Southern white lady played by Andrea Riseborough, who wins $190,000 in the state lottery and only learns the value of sharing after she’s drank all her cash away. But for a while there, the film is almost . Is it going to be — as the first stop along its episodic first half would suggest — a gruesome scream-fest between a bottom-of-the-bottle alcoholic and the semi-adult son (Owen Teague) who’s trying to give her a second chance? Is it going to be the...
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SXSW Review: Andrea Riseborough In ‘To Leslie’

Click here to read the full article. The meat of this melancholy, live-action country ballad is left up to the imagination, somewhere in the missing years between the title credits and the point at which Michael Morris’s feature debut actually starts. It’s probably just as well, since To Leslie is a hard enough watch as it is, not because it’s significantly depressing (redemption is suggested in myriad moments in its two-hour running time) but because it’s a testament to Andrea Riseborough’s never less than committed performance that it’s hard to see such a sad and vulnerable woman snatch defeat from...
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Here Before review – promising Irish almost-horror with Andrea Riseborough

Stacey Gregg’s debut feature starts promisingly. Set in her native Northern Ireland, it stars Andrea Riseborough as a bereaved mother who bonds with the daughter of her new neighbours. Moody weather, an unsteady electronic score and cute-but-creepy young Megan (Niamh Dornan) suggest we’re heading into horror territory. The increasingly desperate Laura (Riseborough) is bewitched by the 10-year-old, who reminds her of her own late child.
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Andrea Riseborough Made 7 Films in 2 Years, from Thrillers to ‘Matilda,’ but There’s One Genre She Won’t Do

Anyone tracking Andrea Riseborough’s career will notice a certain tendency to tackle dark material. That was certainly the case for “Here Before,” an unsettling thriller about a woman who comes to believe the reincarnated spirit of her daughter has moved in next door.  “It’s a huge mountain to climb, the journey of knowing what it’s like to have a grown child pass away,” she told IndieWire during a recent interview. “Stepping into what that might be like for a couple of months while making the film was certainly very difficult. It’s actually quite a lonely experience.”  But she quickly moved on to...
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Here Before Review: Andrea Riseborough Brings Humanity to Psychological Drama

New neighbors can be a source of great anxiety. Maybe they’ll be extremely kind and friendly, coming over to introduce themselves and strike up a friendship that lasts years. Perhaps they’ll be quiet and you won’t even know they’re there. But they could be absolute menaces, loudly causing disturbances all night long and creating tension that makes you uncomfortable in your own home. What if, though, their daughter is the reincarnation of your tragically deceased child?
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‘Please Baby Please’ Review: Andrea Riseborough Is Transfixing in Genderqueer Pseudo-Musical Extravaganza

The opening moments of Amanda Kramer’s “Please Baby Please” play like an archly stylized “West Side Story” by way of Kenneth Anger. Only, instead of the Jets, we have the “Young Gents,” a group of leather-clad rascals who dance their way through the streets of a neon-tinged, foggy 1950s Manhattan before descending on an unsuspecting couple and, well, beating them to death. Looking like Marlon Brando circa “The Wild One” cosplayers, this ragtag group is interrupted by two stunned bystanders, Arthur and Suze (Harry Melling and Andrea Riseborough). The moment will change the bohemian couple forever. The lustful gazes exchanged...
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