Pick of the Litter – December 2017


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

(Disney) Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac. The First Order continues to overwhelm the fragile new Republic and it looks like only a return of the Jedi can save them. The last Jedi Master, Luke Skywalker has been found; but as it turns out, he may not be all that eager to bring the defenders of the Force back into duty. It was recently announced that the director of this film will spearhead the next Star Wars trilogy. December 15

INDEPENDENT PICKS

The Dancer

(Myriad) Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Lily-Rose Depp. At the dawn of the Belle Epoque at the Folies Bergéres danced an American who used the stage name Loie Fuller. She was an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec. She revolutionized dance and became a bitter rival to fellow American Isadora Duncan although she remains largely unknown today. This is a story that should have been told years ago. December 1

Padmavati

(Paramount Classics) Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari. The epic tale of Sultan Alauddin Khilji, who fell in love with Padmavati the Queen of Mewar because of her beauty and courage, and despite the fact that she was already married. The film has been mired in controversy from the Hindi community in India who claim it distorts historical facts based on its trailer. Nevertheless it’s coming to the United States thanks to a major studio which is resurrecting their indie and foreign film label that has been largely dormant for almost a decade. December 1

I, Tonya

(Neon) Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale. Figure skater Tonya Harding is poised to be the best in the world but her humble background works against her. Furthermore her friend Nancy Kerrigan has become her greatest rival. Then an attack on Kerrigan’s knee leads to one of the most bizarre stories in the history of sports. Robbie is considered a contender for the Best Actress Oscar for her performance here. December 8

Love and Saucers

(The Orchard) David Huggins. A seemingly ordinary 72-year-old man living in Hoboken, New Jersey begins to have strange memories. They are memories of being abducted by extraterrestrials, examined, and ultimately experimented upon. From there the memories begin to get even more bizarre; he remembers losing his virginity to an alien female. The memories become so persistent and so real that he begins to paint pictures of them. This is not your ordinary documentary about alien abduction. December 12

Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds

(Well Go USA) Tae-hyun Cha, Kyung-soo Do, Jung-woo Ha, Lee Joon Hyuk. A firefighter in Seoul dies on the job unexpectedly. He is to be escorted to the afterlife by three guardians. However, the afterlife isn’t exactly a piece of cake; he must pass seven trials over 49 days and prove that in life he was innocent of sin. That’s when his trial really begins…this is the first of two Along with the Gods movies that Well Go will be distributing in the States over the next few months. December 22

In the Fade

(Magnolia) Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar, Ulrich Tukur. A German woman whose husband and son are killed in a bomb blast discovers that the perpetrators are not who the police think. When it becomes clear to her that justice will not be served, she begins to contemplate alternative means of exacting vengeance for the dead. December 27

 

 

 

December 2017


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DECEMBER 1, 2017

32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide – Expands to New York City
24 Hours to Live – Limited
Alien Invasion: S.U.M.1 – Limited
Badsville – Los Angeles
Big Time – Limited
Daisy Winters – Limited
The Dancer – Limited
The Disaster Artist – Limited
Gangster Land – Limited
Love Beats Rhymes – Limited
Loveless – New York City
My Happy Family – Netflix
The Other Side of Hope – New York City
Shadowman – Limited
Slumber – Limited
The Swindlers – Limited
The Tribes of Palos Verdes – Limited
Voyeur – Limited/Netflix

DECEMBER 5, 2017

The Doll Master – Limited/Netflix
Flashburn – Limited/VOD
F*&% the Prom – Limited
Trumping Democracy – VOD
The White King – Limited/VOD

DECEMBER 6, 2017

Bill Frisell: A Portrait – Limited

DECEMBER 7, 2017

D-Love – Los Angeles

DECEMBER 8, 2017

Just Getting Started
D-Love – Expands to Limited Release
The Disaster Artist – Expands Wide
The Doll – Limited
El Camino Christmas – Netflix
Hollow in the Land – Limited
I, Tonya – Limited
I Am Evidence – HBO
Kaleidoscope – Limited
November Criminals – Limited
The Pirates of Somalia – Limited
Quest – Limited
Reaper – Limited
The Shape of Water – Limited

DECEMBER 11, 2017

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution – HBO

DECEMBER 12, 2017

Love and Saucers – VOD

DECEMBER 13, 2017

Miss Kiet’s Children – Limited

DECEMBER 14, 2017

Knocked Down – Limited

DECEMBER 15, 2017

Ferdinand
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Ballad of Lefty Brown – Limited
Beyond Skyline – Limited
Birdboy: The Forgotten Children – Limited
Bobby the Hedgehog – Limited
Christmas Inheritance – Netflix
Method of Murder – Limited
Permanent – Limited
The Rape of Recy Taylor – Limited
Soufra – Limited
Sundowners – Limited
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia – Limited
Wonder Wheel – Limited
Youth – Limited

DECEMBER 18, 2017

Agnelli – HBO

DECEMBER 19, 2017

Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission – VOD/Limited
The Bill Murray Experience – Limited
I am Sam Kinison – SpikeTV

DECEMBER 20, 2017

The Greatest Showman
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

DECEMBER 21, 2017

The Family I Had – Discovery Investigation

DECEMBER 22, 2017

Downsizing
Father Figures
Pitch Perfect 3

Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds – Limited
Bright – Netflix
Happy End – Limited
Hostiles – Limited
The Post – Limited
Tiger Zinda Hai – Limited

DECEMBER 25, 2017

All the Money in the World
A Family for the Holidays – Limited
The Lucky Man – Limited
Molly’s Game – Limited
Phantom Thread – Limited
Space Goofs: The Movie – Limited

DECEMBER 26, 2017

Scramble – Limited

DECEMBER 27, 2017

Deadly Exchange – Lifetime
In the Fade – Limited

DECEMBER 29, 2017

Deliyans – Limited
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool – Limited
Mayurakshi – Limited
Spreading Darkness – Limited

DECEMBER 30, 2017

A Royal New Year’s Eve – Hallmark Channel
Web Cam Girls – Lifetime