Continuing our daily series that looks ahead to the key movies of the 2014 awards season. Next up: Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day• Oscar predictions 2014: American Hustle• Oscar predictions 2013: August: Osage CountyThis year’s …Winter’s Bone – a meaty-sounding slice of blue-collar Americana, with a teenage protagonist coming dangerously close to serious crime. Also, perhaps, a touch of The Reader, as Kate Winslet sheds all glamour to play a troubled divorcee with agoraphobia.What’s it all about?Taking place over a Labor Day weekend two decades ago, the story has Adele (the troubled divorcee) venturing out on a rare trip to the supermarket with her 13-year-old son (played by Changeling’s Gattlin Griffith). Against all good judgement, they give a ride to a rough-looking man (Brolin) with a bloody wound; he turns out to be an escaped convict, and the three are locked in an intense drama of relationships.How did it happen?Joyce Maynard’s 2009 novel was highly praised on publication; the Washington Post called it “a convincing and poignant coming-of-age tale”, adding that Maynard “understands the deep yearnings that drive people to impulsive decisions and sometimes reckless behaviour”. It was quickly picked up by director Jason …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books