Labor Day (12A)



Labor Day

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Time Out says

Tue Mar 18

Here’s an idea for Her Majesty’s Prison Service to raise a few pennies: a rent-a-convict scheme. It works wonders for Kate Winslet in ‘Labor Day’. She plays depressed single-mum Adele, who takes in an escaped prisoner, Frank (Josh Brolin), over the Labor Day holiday weekend. He turns out to be a dream houseguest, making himself useful around the house, fixing creaky doors, cleaning out the guttering, and versing her 13-year-old son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) in the ways of manhood. And he bakes a pie – a sticky sensual scene that rises into an emotional peak like the peaches piled in the cake tin. It could do more for sales of flour than the ‘Great British Bake Off’.

If you have even the tiniest cynical bone in your body, avoid. You’ll find ‘Labor Day’ more sugary than a cronut. Based on a 2009 novel by Joyce Maynard, it’s a shift in gear for director Jason Reitman, whose back-catalogue is filled with sarky-sweet comedies like ‘Juno’. What keeps this out of Nicholas Sparks bumper-paperback territory are terrific performances and Reitman’s control of the drama. The early scenes are nailbiting. ‘This needs to happen,’ Frank menaces, wrapping his big hand around little Henry’s neck as he forces himself into their home. For 20 minutes you don’t know if he’s going to murder Adele and Henry in their beds or scramble them some eggs.

If any other actress was playing Adele it would be the performance of a life. But this is Kate Winslet, who can pull off Oscar-grade without breaking sweat. Possibly ‘Labor Day’ is not strong enough to send another Oscar nomination her way, but she is ‘Revolutionary Road’-brilliant – once again, somehow, making an epic the story of an ordinary woman. And Josh Brolin furrow his brows with manly determination.



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Release details



UK release:

Fri Mar 21, 2014


111 mins

Cast and crew


Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Tobey Maguire, Gattlin Griffith


Jason Reitman


Jason Reitman

Cinemas showing Labor Day



Empire Slough

45 Queensmere Centre, Slough, SL1 1DD Show map/details

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    Empire Slough 45 Queensmere Centre
    SL1 1DD

  • Wed Aug 6:

    • 11:00

Empire Hemel Hempstead

Leisure World, Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4JW Show map/details

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    Leisure World
    Empire Hemel Hempstead Jarman Park
    Hemel Hempstead
    HP2 4JW

  • Mon Aug 4:

    • 11:00

Empire Basildon

Festival Leisure Park, Basildon, SS14 3WB Show map/details

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    Empire Basildon Festival Leisure Park
    SS14 3WB

  • Wed Aug 6:

    • 11:30

Odeon Guildford

Bedford Road, Guildford, GU1 4SJ Show map/details

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    Odeon Guildford Bedford Road
    GU1 4SJ

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      • 51.237574,-0.578078
  • Thu Jul 31:

    • 11:00

Empire High Wycombe

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    Empire High Wycombe Crest Rd
    High Wycombe
    HP11 1UA

  • Wed Aug 6:

    • 11:00

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I must admit, the film did not appeal so much from the look of it at first... but, to my surprise, it developed beautifully and got more intense as the time went by.

Sure, there were moments of cheesy scenes such as peach baking, but nevertheless, the film shares a different perspective of how one can or should look at a so-called criminal- there is often more to a story we hear.

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Gentle, sunny romantic drama told at a lovely leisurely pace. Three and a half stars. Recommended.


I love Katy Winslet :) I would like to see her new movie :) she is number 1 actress :)


I love Katy Winslet :) I would like to see her new movie :) she is number 1 actress :)