Winter Movie Preview: December 2017

Let’s be honest, the only movie you care about this month is Star Wars, but there are a lot of solid indie options once you’ve seen that.

December 1

The Disaster Artist

James Franco’s hilarious and often touching adaptation of the book about the making of one of the most famous best-worst movies of all time, The Room. You do not need to know The Room to get The Disaster Artist, one of the year’s best comedies.

Full review here.

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Sweet Virginia is a tense slice of backwoods life

Three men playing a late-night poker game are interrupted by the arrival of a man demanding the early bird special. The bar is closed, but the patron won’t leave, and the disagreement ends the only way it can, with a triple homicide. From the first moments of Sweet Virginia, the ominous, droning score of Brooke Blair and Will Blair—brothers of actor Macon Blair and collaborators with their mutual friend, director Jeremy Saulnier—set the tone for a white-knuckle thriller that never lets up on the tension and dread.

Someone cast Jon Bernthal in a nice romantic comedy

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Brigsby Bear: Kyle Mooney’s weird love letter to fandom

Brigsby Bear is a piece of weirdo cinema that seems like the kind of fake movie you’d see as a film-within-a-film mocking Sundance. It’s precious bordering on twee, deeply nostalgic, possessed of a quirky synth score (courtesy David Wingo, frequent Jeff Nichols collaborator), and full of actors from the indie comedy scene. It’s practically a checklist of Sundance stereotypes—and it was, indeed, a big hit at this year’s Sundance. But Brigsby transcends its made-for-mockery foundation. It’s a little too sweet for the inherent darkness of its story, but Brigsby Bear is a sensitive and sincere portrait of loneliness and fandom.

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