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The Shape of Water

Did you know that the Oscars statuette is actually called the “Academy Award of Merit?” The nickname Oscar wasn’t officially adopted until 1939.

 

Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water was the big winner at the 90th Annual Academy Awards which took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood this Sunday night, honouring the outstanding achievements of cinema in 2017.

The Mexican filmmaker’s fantasy romance won four awards, becoming the first ever science-fiction film to win Best Picture, alongside Oscars for Best Directing, Best Original Score, and Production Design.

Acting awards followed the BAFTA trend and went to Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), and Alison Janney (I, Tonya).

With a leading 13 nominations, The Shape of Water took home the night’s top prizes, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Original Score, and Production Design. Accepting the Oscar for Best Picture, del Toro jokingly examined the envelope in a nod to last year’s Best Picture mix-up, before delivering a speech that championed diversity, storytelling, and the future of film.

“I was a kid enamored with movies, growing up in Mexico,” del Toro told the audience. “I thought this could never happen – it happens. I want to tell you, everyone that is dreaming of a parable, of using genre and fantasy to tell the stories about the things that are real in the world today, you can do it. This is a door. Kick it open and come in.”

After the chaos of last year’s Envelopegate, the 2018 Oscars made for a night of few surprises. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk won big with three awards (sound editing, sound mixing, and film editing), while the acting categories largely went to the expected winners. Frances McDormand won Best Actress for her powerhouse performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, devoting her speech to all the female filmmakers and actresses in the room. A teary-eyed Gary Oldman won Best Actor for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, while I, Tonya’s Allison Janney and Three Billboard’s Sam Rockwell triumphed in the supporting categories.

This year’s ceremony also saw several firsts: Jordan Peele made history as the first black screenwriter to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out, while 90-year-old James Ivory became the oldest Oscar winner ever, winning Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name. Blade Runner 2049 cinematographer Roger Deakins also broke his decades-long losing streak to finally win Best Cinematography after 14 nominations.

See the full list of nominees below.

BEST PICTURE
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
WINNER: The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ACTOR
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
WINNER: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

BEST ACTRESS
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
WINNER: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post

BEST DIRECTOR
Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
WINNER: The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
WINNER: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
WINNER: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
WINNER: Call Me By Your Name, James Ivory

The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Logan, Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green
Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound, Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
WINNER: Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
WINNER: The Shape of Water

CINEMATOGRAPHY
WINNER: Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

COSTUME DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
WINNER: Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul

SOUND EDITING
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049

WINNER: Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

SOUND MIXING
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
WINNER: Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
WINNER: Dear Basketball

Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
WINNER: The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us

ORIGINAL SCORE
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
WINNER: The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

VISUAL EFFECTS
WINNER: Blade Runner 2049

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

FILM EDITING
Baby Driver
WINNER: Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
WINNER: Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul

Wonder

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
WINNER: A Fantastic Woman, Chile
The Insult, Lebanon
Loveless, Russia
On Body and Soul, Hungary
The Square, Sweden

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Edith and Eddie
WINNER: Heaven Is A Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
WINNER: Icarus
Last Man in Aleppo
Strong Island

ORIGINAL SONG
“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Mystery of Love,” Call Me By Your Name
WINNER: “Remember Me,” Coco
“Stand Up For Something,” Marshall
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
WINNER: Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Star Wars: The Last Jedi..L to R: Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) and Finn (John Boyega)..Photo: David James..©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still the biggest box office draw in the galaxy. Disney and Lucasfilm’s space-fantasy sequel is poised to gross an estimated $100.7 million from 4,232 theaters in the U.S. and Canada over the long holiday weekend (Friday-Monday), holding off newcomers including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Pitch Perfect 3, and The Greatest Showman.

After notching the No. 2 domestic debut of all time last week, The Last Jedi is now looking at a domestic total of about $397.3 million through Christmas Day. Of that figure, $68.5 million comes from this weekend’s Friday-Sunday frame, which represents a steep (but bearable) drop-off of 69 percent from last week. The film is also on track to add about $75.1 million from foreign markets through Sunday, bringing its worldwide total to a whopping $745.4 million after 10 days in theaters.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick), The Last Jedi received excellent reviews from critics and an A CinemaScore from moviegoers (though it has polarized some Star Wars diehards). The film, which carries on the saga of intergalactic intrigue, features original Star Wars cast members Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher, as well as new-school stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and Kelly Marie Tran.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)
Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart star in JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE.

Sony’s Jumanji reboot is making a strong showing in second place, earning an estimated $47.5 million over the long weekend, or $34 million Friday-Sunday. That’s after taking in combined $16.6 million Wednesday and Thursday, its first two days of release.

Arriving 22 years after its predecessor, Welcome to the Jungle has garnered generally positive reviews and a decent A-minus CinemaScore. The Jake Kasdan-directed film updates the story of a magical board game come to life and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Kevin Hart.

Universal’s a cappella comedy Pitch Perfect 3 is also hitting the right notes, bowing to about $27 million through Christmas, or $20.5 million Friday-Sunday. Although movie critics have not been kind to the threequel, moviegoers gave it an A-minus CinemaScore.

Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, Hailee Steinfeld, and Anna Camp star in Pitch Perfect 3, which finds the Barden Bellas reuniting for a USO tour of Europe.

Get ready to have a Merry Pitchmas. (L to R) Flo (CHRISSIE FIT), Aubrey (ANNA CAMP), Stacie (ALEXIS KNAPP), Chloe (BRITTANY SNOW), Beca (ANNA KENDRICK), Fat Amy (REBEL WILSON) and Cynthia Rose (ESTER DEAN) in “Pitch Perfect 3,” the follow-up to summer 2015’s blockbuster hit that took the honor of highest-grossing live-action movie-musical opening of all time. The eagerly awaited next chapter is led by series producers Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Max Handelman & Elizabeth Banks of Brownstone Productions. The film is directed by Trish Sie (“Step Up All In”).

Rounding out the top five are Fox’s Hugh Jackman-starring musical The Greatest Showman, which opened Wednesday and is on track for a so-so four-day weekend of about $13.6 million, and the same studio’s animated movie Ferdinand, which opened last week and will add about $9.2 million through Christmas.

Further down the list, Paramount and Alexander Payne’s shrinking satire Downsizing is poised for a soft $6.2 million four-day opening (good for No. 7), and Warner Bros’. new parental comedy Father Figures is on track for about $4.8 million (putting it in ninth place).

In limited release, Steven Spielberg’s well-reviewed journalism drama The Post (another Fox release) is set to take in about $720,000 in nine theaters through Monday, or $495,000 through Sunday. The latter figure works out to a robust per-theater average of $55,000.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 2.6 percent year-to-date. Check out the Dec. 22-24 figures below.

1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi — $68.5 million ($100.7 million four-day)
2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $34 million ($47.5 million four-day)
3. Pitch Perfect 3 — $20.5 million ($27 million four-day)
4. The Greatest Showman — $8.6 million ($13.6 million four-day)
5. Ferdinand — $7.1 million ($9.2 million four-day)
6. Coco — $5.2 million ($7.4 million four-day)
7. Downsizing — $4.6 million ($6.2 million four-day)
8. Darkest Hour — $4.1 million ($5.9 million four-day)
9. Father Figures — $3.2 million ($4.8 million four-day)
10. The Shape of Water — $3.1 million ($4.3 million four-day)

Ahh, Christmas. A time of holiday lights, presents under the tree, and arguing with your extended family about what movie you’re going to go see.

This year, theaters will be packed with everything from family-friendly comedies and sci-fi blockbusters to feel-good crowdpleasers and awards bait. Whether you’re looking to kill a few hours after Christmas dinner or just trying to escape your weird cousins who are visiting, we’ve rounded up all the biggest new releases in theaters and streaming.

NEW RELEASES

Molly’s Game

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Rating: R

Review: “With a gift as unique as Sorkin’s, it was always only a matter of when — not if — he would try his hand at directing one of his own scripts. Still, who could’ve predicted that he’d be such a natural behind the camera the first time around? Aside from a few misdemeanor writerly indulgences, Sorkin’s fast-and-funny new morality tale, Molly’s Game, doesn’t feel like a directorial debut. It feels like an assured story told by a seasoned pro. Sorkin grafts his signature staccato lines onto the true story of Molly Bloom — a former Olympic skier who would end up channeling her iron will into more illicit ventures. Namely, running one of the country’s biggest and most exclusive underground poker games. That is, until the feds finally crashed the party. Sorkin, who’s always seemed more comfortable with alpha male types, was smart (or exceedingly lucky) to cast Jessica Chastain as his heroine, Molly. The film is easily the best showcase she’s had since Zero Dark Thirty.”

Where to watch: In theaters Dec. 25

Who to watch with: Your cool older cousin who taught you how to play poker.

All the Money in the World

Starring: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg
Director: Ridley Scott
Rating: R

Review: “It’s hard to say of course how [original star Kevin] Spacey would have filled the role without actually seeing him onscreen (aside from the fact that he did look odd in the heavy aging prosthetics shown in the initial trailers, like a refugee from a Dick Tracy villain camp circa 1990). But there’s none of the cold Keyser Söze snake in the 88-year-old Plummer’s performance; he’s pitiless, without question, but pitiable too: a lonely old man clinging to things — estates, objets, Old Master paintings — because he can’t trust a human heart, least of all his own. It’s already earned him a Golden Globe nomination (Williams received one as well, as did Scott, for best director), which may be the industry’s way of recognizing an achievement in logistics as much as in quality filmmaking. At its best though, Money makes you forget all that and surrender to a story that might be almost too strange to believe, if it wasn’t entirely true.”

Where to watch: In theaters Dec. 25

Who to watch with: Your grandpa who, unlike J. Paul Getty, would pay a lot of money for your ransom if you were kidnapped.

Phantom Thread

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Rating: R

Review: “Now that the movie is finally here, it can now called for what it actually is: the new Paul Thomas Anderson-Daniel Day-Lewis film that, despite all of the anticipation, is a little underwhelming. Don’t get me wrong — like all of Anderson’s films (the best of which remain Boogie Nights and Magnolia), Phantom Thread is meticulously crafted, visually sumptuous, impeccably acted, and very, very directorly. But until the final act, this straight-jacketed character study is also pretty tame stuff — emotionally remote, a bit too studied, and far easier to admire than surrender to and swoon over. It seems to exist under glass.”

Where to watch: In theaters Dec. 25

Who to watch with: Your fashion-obsessed older sister.

Pitch Perfect 3

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow
Director: Trish Sie
Rating: PG-13

Review: “All things must come to an aca-end. And so after five years, three outings, and an uncountable number of pitch puns, the house that multipart harmonies built is signing off — and if its swan song sometimes feels more like a wild goose chase, plotwise (or maybe a day-drunk penguin), the sheer nutty charisma of its sprawling cast still carries the series out on a pretty sweet high note.”

Where to watch: In theaters

Who to watch with: Your old college friends you haven’t seen in a while.

The Greatest Showman

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya
Director: Michael Gracey
Rating: PG

Review: “First-time director Michael Gracey, working from a script by Jenny Bicks (Sex & the City) and Bill Condon (Chicago, Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls), plunges ahead in a giddy rush, carving out ample opportunities for his stars to sing the soaring rock-opera compositions penned by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the gifted musical duo behind La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen. What he doesn’t make much room for is subtlety; every emotion is signaled to the peanut gallery, every story beat landed with a foot stomp and a handclap.”

Where to watch: In theaters

Who to watch with: Your 12-year-old cousin who wants to be a Broadway star when she grows up.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black
Director: Jake Kasdan
Rating: PG-13

Review: “Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A group of high school kids representing different archetypes (the brain, the princess, the basket case, and so on) meet in detention and, a few hours later, discover that they’re not so different after all. Now stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A seemingly harmless game sucks its players into a magically perilous jungle world of wild flora and rampaging animals, ultimately leading to valuable life lessons. Congratulations, you’ve not only seen 1985’s The Breakfast Club and 1995’s Jumanji, you’ve also already seen the latest Hollywood intellectual-property retread/reboot no one knew they were asking for. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a film as busy as a mediocre video game and as familiar and by-the-numbers as a dozen other brand-recognition titles that have recently trundled off the Tinseltown widget assembly line.”

Where to watch: In theaters

Who to watch with: Your sibling, who was traumatized by the CG animals in the original 1995 movie.

Downsizing

Starring: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau
Director: Alexander Payne
Rating: R

Review: “Director Alexander Payne (NebraskaElectionAbout Schmidt) specializes in a kind of deadpan heartland absurdity, but he’s never delved into anything nearly as fantastical as this. Though the little-people terrarium of Leisureland may not be what Paul had hoped, it’s also where he learns to stop worrying and love the small, thanks to his hedonist neighbor (Christoph Waltz) and a left-field romance with Vietnamese dissident Ngoc (Hong Chau, bossy and funny and refreshingly oblivious to lip gloss). The result is a dadaist swirl of satire, pie-eyed whimsy, and speculative futurism — like Gulliver’s Travels through the wrong end of a telescope.”

Where to watch: In theaters

Who to watch with: Your Alexander-Payne-loving cousin, who’s watched Election a thousand times.

Hostiles

Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi
Director: Scott Cooper
Rating: R

Review: “Shot in New Mexico and Colorado, Hostiles is visually stunning. And its themes of blind hatred and eventual understanding between the races is reminiscent of Dances With Wolves, minus the preachiness. Still, the biggest draw is watching Bale deliver another master class in invisible acting. Every gesture feels authentic. You immediately understand this spiritually spent man — for better and worse. Westerns can be a tough nut to crack, but Hostiles may be the finest example of the genre since Unforgiven.

Where to watch: In theaters

Who to watch with: Your dad, who always complains about how nobody makes any good Westerns anymore.

The Post

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson
Director: Steven Spielberg
Rating: PG-13

Review: “Steven Spielberg’s The Post is set in 1971, yet it couldn’t be more about 2017 if it tried. There are period-specific sideburns, mustard-colored shirts, and a screen choked with cigarette smoke, but it’s a timely wake-up call about speaking truth to power in the ‘fake news’ era.

Movies, of course, take a long time to gestate, and when this rousing ink-stained procedural about The Washington Post’s race to publish the Pentagon Papers was being written, the 2016 election wasn’t yet over. Spielberg caught a lucky break — if you can call anything related to that election lucky. The message of the movie is so obvious it’s a shame it needs repeating: namely, that an adversarial press is essential to democracy.” B+

Where to watch: In theaters

Who to watch with: Anyone who likes Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. (So, everyone.)

STILL IN THEATERS

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill
Director: Rian Johnson
Rating: PG-13

Review: “There are a handful of truly spectacular moments in The Last Jedi—some as visually sumptuous and others as emotionally poignant and raw as anything in the intergalactic ring cycle so far: The sight of Rebel X-wing fighters emerging from light speed and skidding to a halt; a kamikaze crash rendered in giddy, gasp-inducing super slo-motion; a vertiginous, ground-scraping dogfight on a salt-mining planet that kicks up plumes of velvet-cake red dust. These, along with a few touching reunions and farewells from beloved characters that some of us have known like family for 40 years, will go down as instant classics that will be catnip for fans young and old. That said, I’d stop short of calling director Rian Johnson’s undeniably impressive initiation into the Star Wars fold the masterpiece that some desperately want it to be. The film simply drags too much in the middle. Somewhere in the film’s 152-minute running time is an amazing 90-minute movie.”

Where to watch: In theaters

Who to watch with: Your nerdy friends, who won’t mind seeing it a second (or third) time.

Coco

Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor
Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina (co-director)
Rating: PG

Review: “Mamas don’t let their babies grow up to be mariachis. That’s one thing Miguel (voiced by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) knows for sure: Ever since his great-great-grandfather abandoned the family decades ago to pursue la vida musical, every descendant has shunned both his tainted memory and any stray melody unwise enough to drift past a window. They are shoemakers now, not dreamers. But Miguel, a tenacious 12-year-old with a single dimple in his cheek and an unhushable song in his heart, can’t help it; his fingers ache for a guitar. And like every hero on a quest, he will find one. Though unlike most — especially in the shiny world of Pixar, whose Technicolor critters, toy cowboys, and anthropomorphized race cars often seemed to come in every shade but brown — he is also proudly, unmistakably Mexican.”

Where to watch: In theaters everywhere

Who to watch with: Your young nieces and nephews (who hopefully won’t judge you if you get a little teary).

Ferdinand

Starring: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Rating: PG

Review: “Munro Leaf’s children’s book The Story of Ferdinand is a bona fide classic. With its charming drawings and kid-friendly prose, Ferdinand was an instant hit upon publication in 1936. (It also became politically controversial during the Spanish Civil War and World War II, thanks to its pacifist message, and Hitler famously banned it.) The story is simple: Ferdinand is a strong but peaceful bull who has no interest in bullfighting and would rather spend his days sitting under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers. Because of his seemingly fierce appearance, Ferdinand is taken to Madrid and put in the ring to face a matador — only he refuses to fight.

Walt Disney released a short, animated adaptation in 1938, but Ferdinand is making his true big-screen debut now, with John Cena voicing the titular bull in an animated adaptation. Leaf’s book is less than 800 words long, so understandably, director Carlos Saldanha had to add some padding to create a full-length feature. Unfortunately, Ferdinand buries the original story’s message under frenetic action scenes and grating sidekicks, turning a classic tale into just another flat animated comedy.”

Where to watch: In theaters

Who to watch with: Your young nieces and nephews, when their parents could use a break.

Lady Bird

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Tracy Letts, Lois Smith
Director: Greta Gerwig
Rating: R

Review: “Gerwig doesn’t trap her protagonist in the oblivious underage bubble that most coming-of-age dramedies inhabit; Lady Bird’s parents, played by Tracy Letts and Laurie Metcalf, are fully formed humans with their own deep flaws and vulnerabilities. Their messiness is hereditary but it’s also a gift, the wind beneath their weird little Bird’s wings.” A-

Where to watch: In theaters now

Who to watch with: Your mom, obviously.

The Shape of Water

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Rating: R

Rreview: “If this all sounds bizarre, well, it is. But it’s also poignant, tender, funny, romantic, and flat-out breathtaking in its shoot-the-moon ambition. There’s even a Busby Berkeley dance-fantasia number! If you’re willing to go with this fishy fairy tale, The Shape of Water is a haunting sci-fi love story like nothing you’ve ever seen before — or dreamed that you ever wanted to see. It’s pure movie magic.” A

Where to watch: In theaters

Who to watch with: Your significant other, because nothing says romance like a movie about a mute cleaning lady and her fish-monster beau.

Darkest Hour

Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristen Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn
Director: Joe Wright
Rating: PG-13

Review: “I’ll be honest, Oldman hasn’t been this good for a very long time. To be even more honest, he’s starred in a lot of junk in the past decade. But remember, this is the actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy and was so hypnotic (and often scary) in Prick Up Your EarsState of GraceJFKThe ProfessionalTrue RomanceImmortal Beloved, and The Contender. It’s both a relief and revelation to see him get the chance to swing for the fences again.” B+

Where to watch: In theaters

Who to watch with: Your dad, who loves World War II history and loved Dunkirk.

The Disaster Artist

Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen
Director: James Franco
Rating: R

Review: “Isn’t it better to fail spectacularly than to never try at all? Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 magnum opus, The Room — an accidental cult classic once dubbed “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” — was the hard-won sum of his Hollywood dreams; it was also possibly the best worst thing to happen to cinema since Ed Wood picked up a camera. And it feels only appropriate that James Franco, an actor and director for whom weirdness is next to godliness, would be the one to tell his story.”

Where to watch: In theaters

Who to watch with: Your friend who thinks he has a great Tommy Wiseau impression.

STREAMING

Bright

Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace
Director: David Ayer
Rating: Unrated

Review: “Genre mashups can be fun! In theory, the idea of a gritty police drama set in a modern-day America where orcs, elves, and humans coexist could be enjoyable! As a general rule, for a genre mashup to succeed, a film has to get at least one of those genres right. Netflix’s Bright, which bills itself as part buddy-cop movie, part lavish fantasy, does neither justice, resulting in lazy nonsense that’s too silly to be good and too self-serious to be any fun.”

Where to watch: Streaming on Netflix

Who to watch with: On second thought, maybe you better put on Netflix’s A Christmas Prince instead.

The Shape of Water is weird, wonderful, and one of the best films of the year

The Shape of Water

Type: Movie; Genre: Drama; Release Date: 12/01/17; Performer: Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon; Director: Guillermo del Toro; MPAA: R

It’s been a while since a Guillermo del Toro movie wowed me and knocked me back on my heels. Neither Pacific Rim nor Crimson Peak really did it for me. I might have to go all the way back to Pan’s Labyrinth, and that was a decade ago. But with someone as strange and singular as del Toro, each film is something to anticipate and savor like a four-star feast. The good news is, The Shape of Water doesn’t disappoint. It’s both weird and wonderful.

Del Toro has said that the film was inspired by seeing Creature From the Black Lagoon as a 6-year-old boy in Mexico. And the movie, which is very adult, has a childlike sense of wonder and fantasy. Set in Baltimore during the paranoid early-’60s height of the Cold War, and painted in an eye-candy palette of greens (from vibrant aquamarine to jewel-like emerald to mossy olive and back again), the film stars Sally Hawkins as Elisa, a lonely mute cleaning woman who mops up at a top secret government lab where the U.S. military is housing an amphibious gilled creature that the Russians also want to get their mitts on (that’s the sinewy movie-monster maestro Doug Jones beneath the slime and scales).

Richard Jenkins is aces as Elisa’s closeted starving-artist neighbor. The same goes for Octavia Spencer as her loyal wisecracking co-worker. A gonzo Michael Shannon (is there any other kind?) smirks and snarls as the creature’s sadistic, cattle-prod-wielding jailer. And Michael Stuhlbarg does a lot with a little as the scientist who’s sympathetic to the misunderstood merman. But not as sympathetic as Elisa, who forms an unlikely intimacy with it. Hawkins, who was so good in Happy-Go-Lucky and Blue Jasmine, says more with her soulful eyes than she ever could with mere words.

If this all sounds bizarre, well, it is. But it’s also poignant, tender, funny, romantic, and flat-out breathtaking in its shoot-the-moon ambition. There’s even a Busby Berkeley dance-fantasia number! If you’re willing to go with this fishy fairy tale, The Shape of Water is a haunting sci-fi love story like nothing you’ve ever seen before — or dreamed that you ever wanted to see. It’s pure movie magic.

 

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In Select Theaters Now, Nationwide December 22, 2017

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER – an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro Screenplay by: Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor Story by: Guillermo del Toro Produced by: Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer



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IN THEATERS DECEMBER 8 From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER – an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro Screenplay by: Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor Story by: Guillermo del Toro Produced by: Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer



The Shape of Water (2017) Movie Trailer

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The Shape of Water Trailer #1 (2017): Check out the new trailer starring Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Michael Shannon!

An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forver when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.