Cory and Tristan were busy this week, as he caught several newer November releases, including:
Moonlight, Barry Jenkins’ moving and personal introspection into the life of a young gay black man as he grows up in a troubled world. Three actors (Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders and Alex Hibbert) portray Chiron in three stages of his development and life.
Rules Don’t Apply, Warren Beatty’s long-awaited return to cinema that sees the great actor directing himself as the enigmatic Howard Hughes, who falls for a young protege played by Lily Collins, who in turn has feelings for Hughes’ driver played by Alden Ehrenreich.
Loving, Jeff Nichols’ biographical re-telling of the landmark case Loving v Virginia that saw an interracial couple (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga) from Virginia fight to legitimize their marriage. Nick Kroll features brightly as their lawyer.
Manchester by the Sea – a moving slice-of-life drama by Kenneth Lonergan that focuses on a lonely janitor Lee (Casey Affleck) who returns home to his old town an hour north of Boston where his brother has passed away from an untimely heart attack. Forced into becoming his nephew’s guardian, Lee must decide whether to follow his brother’s request and stay in the town where a tragic incident ostracized him from his home and loving wife (Michelle Williams) or return to obscurity down in Boston.
Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk – Ang Lee’s attempt at biting satire in reference to war, it finds reluctant soldier Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) returning home from a stint in Iraq to find that Hollywood agents and football team owners want to manipulate his story for their own personal gain. Haunted by the memory of his tour, he reminisces the events in flashbacks and imagines a future where he could possibly be happy.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Eddie Redmayne and a cast full of actors the Interjections pair hates find themselves involved in the Harry Potter universe, but not in a good way. Beasts have run amok and they must, well, find them.
Bad Santa 2 – Forgettable and a decade too late, this retread of the 2003 instant comedy classic Bad Santa finds Billy Bob Thornton’s misanthtrope back at his old tricks. Instead of returning for this debacle, Lauren Graham wisely chose to follow up her acclaimed series Gilmore Girls with an extra eight episodes premiering the same day. Wise choice.
Moana – The latest animated Disney classic sees a Polynesian youth desperate to explore the seas for a missing jewel that will restore the traveling status to her people, though she’ll have to deal with deplorable demi-god Maui (Dwayne Johnson).
Cory also finally got around to seeing Warren Beatty’s star making vehicle Bonnie and Clyde that saw him pair up with Faye Dunaway as the notorious bank robbers in the classic Arthur Penn drama.
All this and at long last the trailer to Martin Scorsese’s dream project Silence!
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