“Armageddon Time,” a film from Focus Options starring 14-year-old Wilmington actor Banks Repeta, opens in theaters this weekend.
Except you reside in New York, Los Angeles or one other “choose” metropolis, nonetheless, you may have to attend till subsequent week for the film to open in Wilmington, and in theaters nationwide, on Nov. 3.
Within the meantime, here is a couple of issues to know in regards to the film, and about Banks.
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It is ‘Armageddon Time’
The film is a semi-autobiographical story written and directed by the filmmaker James Grey, finest recognized for such critically acclaimed movies as 2019’s “Advert Astra,” a science fiction movie starring Brad Pitt, and 2013’s socially acutely aware “The Immigrant.”
Based mostly partly on Grey’s experiences rising up in New York Metropolis, it stars Banks as an 11-year-old Jewish boy named Paul Graff, who’s from a working-class household however whose comparatively privileged experiences are contrasted with these of Paul’s African-American finest pal, Johnny, performed by Jaylin Webb.
It is set through the racially charged days of New York Metropolis within the early Nineteen Eighties, and the election of Ronald Reagan serves as a type of tone-setting second. “Armageddon Time,” which received an eight-minute standing ovation on the Cannes Movie Pageant in France earlier this 12 months, has gained consideration for its depiction of members of the Trump household, together with John Diehl as Fred Trump, the late father of former President Donald J. Trump.
It is received large stars
Within the film, Banks shares a scene with Hollywood royalty.
Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway performs Paul’s mom, Esther, who cautiously guards her son’s future. Two-time Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins performs Paul’s grandfather, who encourages him to face up for what’s proper.
Yet one more Oscar winner, Jessica Chastain, who just lately shot the nation music miniseries “George & Tammy” in Wilmington, performs Maryanne Trump, sister to the previous president. Much less well-known however enjoying a distinguished function in “Armageddon Time” is Emmy-winning actor Jeremy Robust (“Succession”), who performs Paul’s goofy however typically violent father.
A younger actor on the rise
“Armageddon Time” is Banks’ most distinguished function thus far, however he is been appearing since he was 6 and has greater than a dozen movie and TV roles to his credit score.
He performs the recurring function of city child Levi in Wilmington-shot Fox TV comedy “Welcome to Flatch,” and earlier this 12 months Banks was featured because the “ghost child” Griffin in Wilmington-shot horror thriller “The Black Cellphone,” enjoying a homicide sufferer who tries to assist a serial killer’s subsequent potential sufferer from past the grave.
In 2019, Banks acted alongside Invoice Skarsgård (Pennywise the clown from the “It” motion pictures) and Tom “Spider-Man” Holland within the crime drama “The Satan All of the Time” from director Antonio Campos (“The Staircase” on HBO Max ).
In latest weeks, Banks, who attends a public center college in Wilmington, has been touring to do press for “Armageddon Time.”
Banks’ mother and father are Nina Repeta, a singer and actor recognized for her recurring function on the Wilmington-shot sequence “Dawson’s Creek,” and a former queen of Wilmington’s Azalea Pageant. Banks’ father, Mike Repeta, is a digicam operator who’s labored on dozens of movies and TV sequence.
Awards on deck?
“Armageddon Time” was already nominated for the distinguished Palme d’Or at Cannes, and Grey was just lately nominated for Greatest Screenplay on the Gotham Unbiased Movie Awards.
The largest awards and nominations for “Armageddon Time,” nonetheless, could also be but to return.
In September, movie trade publication Selection wrote that “Focus Options is attempting to place author, director and co-producer James Grey as one of many awards season’s breakout nominees.”
Extra writing nominations are definitely attainable, and Selection notes that Hathaway, Hopkins and Robust are all potential Greatest Actress/Actor nominees for the 2023 Academy Awards.
Banks was the one actor from “Armageddon Time” that Focus Options submitted for consideration within the Greatest Actor class for the Oscars, and whereas a Greatest Actor nomination can be an extended shot, it is inside the realm of risk.
What critics are saying
The crucial reception for “Armageddon Time” has been good, with the movie getting an 84% optimistic score on the all-important Rotten Tomatoes website and a “typically favorable” 74% score on Metacritic.
The Los Angeles Instances known as the movie “highly effective” and mentioned “Repeta’s wide-eyed gaze captures Paul’s flickering moments of consciousness, his confusion as to why, every time they get in bother (which is commonly), it is at all times Johnny who’s singled out for harsher punishment.”
The Onion’s often-harsh AV Membership leisure website known as “Armageddon Time” Grey’s finest work thus far.
The Display screen Rant website gave “Armageddon Time” a damaging evaluate, however mentioned, “The movie’s saving grace is the chemistry between Repeta and Webb. As Paul and Johnny, the younger duo performs with such a relaxing consolation and innocence that captivates from the time of their first interplay onscreen.”
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