Forget about James Gandolfini (I have never seen an episode of The Sopranos, no lie). Yes, Kristen Stewart is in this as well (I’m told she is also in some big vampire movie franchise?). Welcome to the Rileys has one major draw for this writer: PopMatters favorite Melissa Leo, Oscar-nominated star of Frozen River.
I talked to Leo—who also offers key support in Conviction and The Fighter this year—about her process in August: “Its hard work. If you ask me about the shooting Frozen River, I will tell you fairy stories about how delightful it was, because it was to me, [but] to get lost in the character and to not be recognized from one character to the other is my joy and my pleasure”
For her disappearing act as a bereaved mother looking for peace in Welcome to the Rileys, Leo could very well be rewarded with a second Oscar nomination if the buzz is to be believed.
The film opens in limited release October 29.
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