Badly balanced batch. Could have put a few of these earlier in the month.
“The Kennedys were space aliens” is the subtext of this movie. A strong performance from Natalie Portman positions the former First Lady as an intergalactic traveler just realizing she is stuck on Earth forever.
La La Land
Not even I could resist this musical, with its lovely original music and bittersweet undertone. Gosling + Stone are one of the great screen couples for sure.
Full review here.
By all accounts a heart-wrenching tale of how a young man uses Google to find his biological family. The trailer kinda makes it look like Google Earth: The Movie, but festival audiences have been eating it up all fall.
Jessica Chastain is…a hot bitch in charge. (Again.)
Office Christmas Party
This looks like the party montage from The Hangover stretched out to feature length. Lot of funny people involved, though. Holiday comedies usually suck (which is why we keep watching the same three every year), but maybe this one will surprise us?
This movie looks like it wants to be It’s A Wonderful Life for the 21st century. But It’s A Wonderful Life is a dumb movie and this title is nonsense.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The first of the new Star Wars spin-offs. Death Star something something trench battle something something Darth Vader. I hope Rogue One—which will feature no Skywalkers or Jedi—can go a little further outside the known Star Wars universe than The Force Awakens did. This is an expansive universe—expand it.
The problem is, for fans of the video game there are already dozens, if not hundreds, of hours of cinematic storytelling within the games, so I’m not sure they’re really clamoring for a feature film. And to non-fans, this is just confusing. Smelling “bomb” all over this one.
This one, despite its star power, is also starting to get a suspicious stink about it.
I liked Deepwater Horizon more than I thought I would, and no one does these real-life disaster/event movies better than Peter Berg. Only thing working against this movie is whether or not audiences want to relive such a dark, and recent, chapter of history right now.
This movie is going to make alllllllll the cash. Also, it looks cute.
A Monster Calls
YOU WILL CRY. SO. MUCH.
Full review here.
Everyone is getting hard for Martin Scorsese’s passion project about Jesuit priests in Japan, but this looks like The Religious Revenant to me.
Last year we got the unexpected holiday delight from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg with The Night Before. This year, Rogen’s buddy James Franco, along with Bryan Cranston, looks to have the actually-good holiday comedy on the roster. Strong vibe of Meet the Parents here, but every moment of Cranston and Franco on screen together is funny.
Red Band NSFW
20th Century Women
Annette Bening stars in this Mike Mills (Beginners) film about a group of women dealing with life and love in the 1970s. Getting a lot of buzz for Bening, who hasn’t had a juicy role in a while.
Denzel Washington returns to the director’s chair for this adaptation of August Wilson’s play. Just the trailer gets to me—I love how he says, “What law is there saying I got to like you?” This will probably make everyone cry and call their parents.
CANADIAN FINANCE SCANDAL MOVIE.
That will never not be funny.
The true story of real-life superhero Katherine Johnson, finally getting her due after history attempted to erase the contributions women, and African-American women, made to the space race. ABOUT TIME.
Live By Night
This movie has produced cool trailers, I will give it that much.
Missed this at TIFF and have been kicking myself ever since.