Overture Films Movies

Monday, July 25 by Joshua Wade

These Overture Films movies represent some of the best of the 20 something films produced by the fledgling independent company. A subsidiary company of Liberty Media, Overture Films was started in 2006 and produced a number of star-studded, award-winning films featuring actors like Robert De Niro, Amy Adams and Dustin Hoffman before it officially shut down in 2010.

  1. “Righteous Kill” This thrilling drama paired screen veterans Robert De Niro and Al Pacino as two New York City detectives attempting to track down a ruthless vigilante. A dark and gritty crime drama, “Righteous Kill” features standout performances by Carla Gugino and Donnie Wahlberg.
  2. “Stone” This intriguing character study about an arsonist who uses his wife to manipulate a parole officer delivers powerful performances by Edward Norton as the titular criminal and Robert De Niro as parole officer Jack Mabry. Milla Jovovich also gives an excellent turn as Stone’s wife, Lucetta.
  3. “Traitor” One of the best Overture Films movies, this film about an undercover Special Forces agent who infiltrates a terrorist cell in an attempt to stop a bombing delivers career-defining performances by Don Cheadle and Jeff Daniels. The film was based on a story by comedian Steve Martin, who also served as producer.
  4. “The Crazies” This update of George Romero’s 1973 horror classic starred Timothy Olyphant as a small town sheriff whose town is plagued by a virus that turns normal townsfolk into ravenous killers. An eerie and disturbing nightmare, this film also stars Radha Mitchell and “Across the Universe” star Joe Anderson.
  5. “Sleepwalking” This emotional drama is one of the best Overture Films movies produced by the company and stars Nick Stahl as a construction worker forced to take care of his niece after her mother abandons her. A powerful and gripping story, “Sleepwalking” features intense performances by Charlize Theron, Dennis Hopper, and young actress AnnaSophia Robb.
  6. “The Visitor” This award-winning Overture Films movie stars character actor Richard Jenkins as a widowed Connecticut professor who takes in a young couple who has been squatting in his New York City apartment. The film earned a number of independent awards, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Richard Jenkins for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
  7. “Henry Poole is Here” This moving comedy-drama stars Luke Wilson as the titular character, a dying man whose life is uprooted when a water stain on his wall begins to bear a likeness to Jesus Christ. Wilson delivers one of the best performances of his career, backed by equally powerful performances by George Lopez, Rhada Mitchell and young actress Morgan Lily as Millie.
  8. “Paper Heart” This charming Overture Films movie shot in the style of a documentary follows the fictional relationship of Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera. The film was based on the rumor of the two dating and featured exceptional cameos by Demetri Martin, Seth Rogen and David Krumholtz.
  9. “Sunshine Cleaning” This critically acclaimed film about a single mother and her sister who enter the gory field of crime scene cleanup features exceptional performances by Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. Alan Arkin gives a standout performance as their father, backed by notable cameos by Steve Zahn and Clifton Collins, Jr..
  10. “Last Chance Harvey” This heartwarming Overture Films movie stars Dustin Hoffman as a composer who forges a delightful relationship with a London woman while on his way to attend his daughter’s wedding. The film earned Dustin Hoffman a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, while also earning Emma Thompson a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress for her portrayal of Kate Walker.

 

- Joshua Wade

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