Praised drama 'The Goldfinch' hits theaters this weekend

Warner Bros. Pictures

Jeffrey Wright and Oakes Fegley in “The Goldfinch.”

A drama is coming to theaters this weekend that depicts one viewpoint of what happens when a family is struck by tragedy.

“The Goldfinch” is the film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s globally acclaimed bestseller of the same name, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and spent more than 30 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list.

Theodore “Theo” Decker (Ansel Elgort, “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Divergent”) was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love.

Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day...a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch.

Other stars in the film include: Nicole Kidman (“Moulin Rouge!” and “The Hours”) as Mrs. Barbour, Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things” and “It”) as Young Boris, Sarah Paulson (“12 Years a Slave” and “Carol”) as Xandra.

According to IMDb trivia, the painting featured in the novel, “The Goldfinch,” is work by Carel Fabritius from 1654. It belongs to the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague, Netherlands. Author Donna Tartt first saw the painting 20 years before the release of the book.

Also, the trivia said Wolfhard was not director John Crowley’s first choice for young Boris, as Crowley wanted to cast young Russian theater actors from New York, but Wolfhard ultimately won the role by impressing Crowley and dialect coach Kristina Nazarevskaia in his audition with a perfect Russian accent.

The film is rated R for drug use and language.

Other films releasing to theaters this weekend include:

n “Hustlers,” directed by Lorene Scafaria and staring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles and Keke Palmer. Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

The film is rated R for pervasive sexual material, drug content, language and nudity.

n “Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” directed by Steven Lewis Simpson and staring Chief Dave Beautiful Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney, Richard Ray Whitman and Roseanne Supernault. A white author is summoned by a Lakota Elder who asks him to write a book about his perspective. After a blundering false start, he is all but kidnapped and sucked into a road trip through the heart of the contemporary Native American landscape.

The film is not rated.

The synopsis of each film comes from the Rotten Tomatoes website.

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