"Uncut Gems" | Outside Screening

"Uncut Gems" | Outside Screening

Returning to the screen with a pulse-pounding crime comedy, directing duo brothers Josh and Benny Safdie tell the story of Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic and slippery jeweler. Howard is determined to prove himself a champion in his day-to-day life, and he idolizes his client list of famous athletes procured for him by his middleman, Demany (LaKeith Stanfield). Ever scheming, Howard intends to sell a mined chunk of rock full of embedded gems at auction — after it's shipped to him from Ethiopia inside a fish carcass. If he can navigate his way through marital problems, girlfriend problems, imaginatively vicious debt collectors, and his unquenchable desire to be close to success, he might just have a clear shot at winning.Sandler commands the screen with such a nuanced performance that it's like Howard has been sewn into his skin. He juggles the film's uneasy comedy with a sense of imbued optimism, one that keeps him in trouble but also keeps everyone around Howard — including the audience — rooting for him.The Safdie brothers give their signature gritty, naturalistic feel to the story, cementing their place in the canon of down-and-dirty New York cinema alongside greats like John Cassavetes and Abel Ferrara.With surprising turns from former NBA star Kevin Garnett and The Weeknd playing themselves, the Safdies present a vibrant and chaotic picture of the city that is very much of the moment. Wrapped in frenetic, stop-at-nothing energy and full of laughs, UNCUT GEMS is a meaty, edgy diamond in the rough.~Toronto International Film Festival


Jul 26 2023


8:45 pm - 10:45 pm

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