What to Watch Tonight

Spend the Night with “Some Velvet Morning”

Sometimes the difference between a director’s early projects and later work is like night and day.

Neil LaBute’s career has played out just that way.

He popped onto the scene back in ’97 with a couple of exceptional talkies, both starring Aaron Eckhart. In the Company of Men and Your Friends & Neighbors run on dialogue alone (seen today in films like Carnage and Before Midnight) and took home multiple awards, including National Board of Review wins.

Then LaBute took a turn onto Lakeview Terrace, went up in flames with Nicolas Cage in The Wicker Man, and bit the dust with his American remake of Death at a Funeral. Some Velvet Morning returns to his roots, and we couldn’t be more excited.

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The plot is simple: A man leaves his wife for his lover. The cast even simpler: Stanley Tucci is the man; Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League) is the lover. The dialogue, pacing, and performances, however, are entirely complex: The two manage to pull off an 82-minute tango of tongues and a titillating twist of an ending.

It all makes for a beautiful Morning.

Some Velvet Morning is available on demand today, in theaters December 13. For more information, go to tribecafilm.com. To flip through more entertainment, flip through our December must-see movies, Download picks, and latest tunes.

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Photos: Courtesy of Tribeca Film