Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Opening This Week - November 18

Wide Releases:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Directed by: David Yates
Runtime: 2hrs, 13mins

Harry Potter fans rejoice. The first of a 5 film series begins this weekend. The cast here looks very good, but my initial concern, based solely on the trailers, is that Eddie Redmayne is giving a performance that sounds too much like the bizarre whispery one he gave in Jupiter Ascending. Yet initial reviews are positive, so I'm keeping an open mind.


Bleed For This

Directed by: Ben Younger
Runtime: 1hr, 56mins
Biography, Drama, Sports

Miles Teller is a great young actor who doesn't always make the best choices. At least the project here is a good one. He's taking on the biographical story of boxing sensation Vinny Pazienza. More so than just about any other sport, boxing seems made to be translated to the big screen. So far it's getting somewhat mixed reviews (more on the positive side of things though). That's likely due to the fact that these films can easily go from being "the next Rocky," to being "just another Rocky imitator." As for this film, time will tell.


The Edge of Seventeen

Directed by: Kelly Fremon Craig
Runtime: 1hr, 44mins
Comedy, Drama

It's about time Hailey Steinfeld started leading her own movies. She got her big break with True Grit, and she's been in other recognizable films, but this is clearly her film. So far reviews are positive, and it looks like a funny high school drama I'm sure we can all identify with. It looks a bit predictable, but I might just forgive it considering my long-standing weakness for coming of age stories. 


Limited Releases:

A Street Cat Named Bob

Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Runtime: 1hr, 43mins
Biography, Comedy, Drama

No you're not watching a British indie version of Inside Llewyn Davis. This is based on a autobiographical book of the same name by James Bowen. And I'm already liking the music for the film, written by Charlie Fink (of the British indie band Noah and the Whale) and performed by the film's lead actor Luke Treadaway. 


I Am Not Madame Bovary

Directed by: Xiaogang Feng
Runtime: 2hrs, 8mins
Comedy, Drama

I can't seem to find much on this film, but it looks intriguing both for its visual style and its story. I'm curious to see more from Chinese actress Bingbing Fan. She's one of the few actresses from China to be getting fairly consistent work both in big Hollywood productions and films from China. I Am Not Madame Bovary is an adaptation of Liu Zhenyun's 2012 novel of the same name. I like what I'm seeing in the trailer, especially the stylistically rhythmic nature of it.  


Life on the Line

Directed by: David Hackl
Runtime: 1hr, 37mins
Action, Drama

Travolta's indie kick of late has had mixed results. Here he again falls short, though the initial reviews seem to fault the material more than his performance. 


Manchester by the Sea

Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan
Runtime: 2hrs, 17mins

This is one of the film's I've been anxiously anticipating all year. It's been riding a steady wave of critical buzz since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January. Both Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams are fantastic actors, and the film is already getting Oscar buzz. Have no fear, it should be expanding from its limited release in December. As we head into awards season, make sure this is on your list!


Nocturnal Animals

Directed by: Tom Ford
Runtime: 1hr, 57mins
Drama, Thriller

And now for another film getting a lot of buzz, Nocturnal Animals. Tom Ford's long awaited follow up (only his second film) to A Single Man. A dark thriller with this cast? (Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon) count me in!


Officer Downe

Directed by: Shawn Crahan
Runtime: 1hr, 28mins

Who knew Slipknot co-creator Shawn Crahan could direct? Also, this is looking like a pretty wild and over-the-top graphic novel adaptation. 


The Take

Directed by: James Watkins
Runtime: 1hr, 32mins
Action, Drama

Idris Elba teaming up with Rob Stark (I mean Richard Madden), color me intrigued.


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