What’s New in Theaters (12/1/17): “The Disaster Artist,” “The Shape of Water,” and More…

No new wide release films come out this weekend, but more awards season hopefuls open in limited release as well as the rerelease of one of the year’s biggest films. We have Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic “Dunkirk,” Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel,” James Franco’s highly anticipated “The Disaster Artist,” Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-frontrunner “The Shape of Water.” Let’s get more in depth with each of these films!


“Dunkirk,” dir. Christopher Nolan

Evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

“Dunkirk” was a huge hit at the box office this past summer. The film also got immense critical acclaim with a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and a remarkable 94 on Metacritic. It’s a no brainer that Warner Brothers would want to rerelease the film in theaters exclusively in 70mm and IMAX 70mm. I saw the film three times back in its initial theatrical run and consider it one of the year’s greatest filmmaking achievements. I definitely intend on seeing it again now that it’s back in theaters, the way it should be seen. Maybe I’ll post a review afterward!


“Wonder Wheel,” dir. Woody Allen

On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife.

Full disclosure: I am not a fan of Woody Allen. His style of filmmaking simply doesn’t work for me. I totally get that he’s one of the most respected directors in Hollywood, however questionable that may be to me considering his personal life. As for his latest film, it seems like even fans of Allen haven’t been impressed as it stands at a 52% on Rotten Tomatoes and a mediocre score of a 55 on Metacritic. Don’t expect a review for “Wonder Wheel” from me.


“The Disaster Artist,” dir. James Franco

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

I got the chance to see “The Disaster Artist” twice at TIFF this year and absolutely loved it. As a huge fan of “The Room,” James Franco does a terrific job at honoring the legacy that the film has earned over the years. His transformation into the role of Tommy Wiseau is a true delight, worthy of all the awards buzz he’s gotten. Critics have raved about this film since it premiered at SXSW back in March. On Rotten Tomatoes, it’s earned a 96% and on Metacritic, it stands at a score of a 76. I’ll be seeing the film for a third time on Thursday night and will post a full review sometime this weekend.


“The Shape of Water,” dir. Guillermo Del Toro

An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

I just posted my rave review for “The Shape of Water” yesterday (thanks Guillermo for the retweet). It’s already garnered incredible acclaim since it debuted at the Venice Film Festival, all of which is deserving. There isn’t a single film in 2017 that is as enchanting of an experience to behold as “The Shape of Water.” Standing at a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 87 on Metacritic, it’s one of the best reviewed films of the year. Unfortunately, it only opens in New York theaters this weekend while it expands to Los Angeles next weekend. Regardless, this is a film that should be seen as soon as possible.

What will you be seeing this weekend? Did you miss the opportunity to see “Dunkirk” when it was originally in theaters? Are you one of the biggest fans of “The Room,” eagerly anticipating the release of “The Disaster Artist?” Are you in New York catching a showing of “The Shape of Water?” Let me know down in the comments.

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