Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 29-31, 2017

There are no other wide releases, so this film wins by default. It will finish in the top ten, but I doubt the top five is within reach, controversy aside.

Our Highest Rated Films: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, In the Fade, Phantom Thread
Our Best Awards Ratings: Phantom Thread (Oscars), In the Fade (Oscars), Molly’s Game (Oscars), All the Money in the World (Oscars), Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

None

Dec. 29-31, 2017

Film

Our Thoughts

Awards Chances

All the Money in the World

(Wide Release)
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6.7
Wesley Lovell: (4)
Peter J. Patrick: (9)
Thomas LaTourrette: (7)

5.0
Wesley Lovell: (4,Oscars)
Peter J. Patrick: (5,Oscars)
Thomas LaTourrette: (6,Oscars)
Categories:

  • Picture (TL)
  • Director (TL)
  • Actress (TL)
  • Supporting Actor (WL,PP,TL)
  • Adapted Screenplay (TL)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): Ridley Scott hasn’t done great work in two decades and this film looks rather tepid.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Gripping story, the director at his peak, and the most amazing actor switch in history make it a must-see.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): Ridley Scott did a canny act by re-shooting all the scenes that Kevin Spacey had done with Christopher Plummer now filling in. Everyone will pay attention to this movie now, and it could be a good one.

Film

Our Thoughts

Awards Chances

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

(Limited Release)
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7.3
Wesley Lovell: (7)
Peter J. Patrick: (9)
Thomas LaTourrette: (6)

2.7
Wesley Lovell: (2,Oscars)
Peter J. Patrick: (4,Oscars)
Thomas LaTourrette: (2,Oscars)
Categories:

  • Actor (PP)
  • Actress (WL,PP,TL)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): Apart from Annette Bening and Jamie Bell, there isn’t much to this film that looks interesting.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Annette Bening as Gloria Grahame and Jamie Bell as her last lover are a film lover’s dream team.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): Films about movie stars usually intrigue me, but this one now seems to be flying under the radar. Annette Bening originally sounded like a lock for a nomination, but now it seems unlikely.

Film

Our Thoughts

Awards Chances

In the Fade

(Limited Release)
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7.0
Wesley Lovell: (7)
Peter J. Patrick: (9)
Thomas LaTourrette: (5)

5.7
Wesley Lovell: (8,Oscars)
Peter J. Patrick: (4,Oscars)
Thomas LaTourrette: (5,Oscars)
Categories:

  • Foreign Film (WL,TL)
  • Actress (PP)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): A terror drama that could prove most fitting for our day and age.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): The underrated Diane Kruger in an Oscar-caliber role in an overcrowded year should still be seen.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): What first looks like an intriguing film starts to devolve into a revenge fantasy, so I am not sure what it will be. Diane Kruger is said to be superb.

Film

Our Thoughts

Awards Chances

Molly’s Game

(Limited Release)
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6.0
Wesley Lovell: (6)
Peter J. Patrick: (6)
Thomas LaTourrette: (6)

5.3
Wesley Lovell: (5,Oscars)
Peter J. Patrick: (4,Oscars)
Thomas LaTourrette: (7,Oscars)
Categories:

  • Picture (TL)
  • Foreign Film (TL)
  • Actress (WL,PP,TL)
  • Adapted Screenplay (WL,TL)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): I like Jessica Chastain. I like Idris Elba. I like Aaron Sorkin. Yet, these factors don’t quite overcome a less than compelling trailer.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Jessica Chastain in another near-miss Oscar-caliber performance.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): Although the trailer did not really make me want to see it, I have always liked Aaron Sorkin’s writing so am intrigued. Jessica Chastain has gotten great reviews for the film, but I wonder if she will just miss being a nominee again.

Film

Our Thoughts

Awards Chances

Phantom Thread

(Limited Release)
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7.0
Wesley Lovell: (7)
Peter J. Patrick: (8)
Thomas LaTourrette: (6)

8.0
Wesley Lovell: (10,Oscars)
Peter J. Patrick: (6,Oscars)
Thomas LaTourrette: (8,Oscars)
Categories:

  • Picture (WL,PP,TL)
  • Director (WL,PP,TL)
  • Actor (WL,PP,TL)
  • Actress (TL)
  • Supporting Actress (WL,PP)
  • Original Screenplay (WL,PP,TL)
  • Original Score (WL,TL)
  • Film Editing (WL)
  • Cinematography (WL)
  • Production Design (WL,TL)
  • Costume Design (WL,PP,TL)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): As much as I love Paul Thomas Anderson, something about this film puts me off and I can’t quite put my finger on it.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Daniel Day-Lewis’ alleged final film for his There Will Be Blood director is a must-see.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): I would like to be more excited by this film featuring perhaps Daniel Day Lewis’ final performance, but I have had such mixed reactions to director Paul Thomas Anderson’s films in the past that I do not know what to expect. Hopefully it will be good.

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