16. Molly’s Game
Release Year: 2017
Directed By: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd, J. C. MacKenzie, Brian d’Arcy James, Bill Camp, Graham Greene, Justin Kirk, Angela Gots, Natalie Krill, Madison McKinley, Joe Keery, Claire Rankin, Victor Serfaty, Jon Bass, Samantha Isler, Piper Howell, Khalid Klein, Matthew Matteo
Release Date: Wednesday, April 1
There’s no denying that Jessica Chastain is one of our greatest modern movie stars, but there’s also no denying that she’s still far too underrated. She’s attained a level of success that’s incredible, and her talents are often the best part of any project. Regardless, she deserves much more widespread mainstream praise than she receives. For proof, look no further than Molly’s Game, the 2017 crime drama that’s a showcase for Chastain and one of April’s must-watch new additions.
Based on Molly Bloom’s memoir of the same name, Molly’s Game stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, a mogul skier with her eyes set on the Olympics. However, an injury sidelines her skiing career and forces her to change paths. One thing leads to another and Molly starts running an exclusive high-stakes underground poker game for players including celebrities, athletes, business bigwigs and the Russian mob. Molly gets away with the game until she’s arrested by FBI agents, leaving her with no allies but her defense lawyer, who sees a different side of Molly.
Molly’s Game comes from director Aaron Sorkin, who also produced such films as Charlie Wilson’s War, The Social Network, Moneyball and Steve Jobs. Sorkin also created the shows The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Newsroom. The film holds an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed over $59 million worldwide. Chastain grabbed a Golden Globe nomination for her performance, while Sorkin landed an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Be sure to add the underrated award nominee to your watch list on April 1.