We must be nearing Oscar season, because the number of films this month each week could be described as an onslaught. And yet, it felt like slim pickings when I looked at the showtimes in Frederick, Maryland. (We saw Girl On the Train.)
A Street Cat Named Bob is a British family drama about a recovering drug addict whose life is enhanced by a stray cat. It is based on the James Bowen novel of the same name.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a British wizard in America. He inadvertently releases…some fantastic beasts. The film is written and produced by J.K. Rowling (who wrote the novel of the same name, of course). It also stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, and Colin Farrell.
Blood on the Mountain is a documentary about the affects of corporate mining in West Virginia.
Girls and Panzer: The Film is an anime film. It is the sequel to the school girl action-drama TV series Girls and Panzer.
Manchester By the Sea stars Casey Affleck as an “irritable loner” who finds himself the legal guardian of his teenage nephew after the sudden death of his brother (Kyle Chandler). Critics are crazy for it, and at least 2 out of 3 editors here will fall, too. That’s me, even though the trailer makes my bones cold.
Ali & Nino is an adaptation of the 1937 novel of the same name. It tells the story of a romance between a Georgian Orthodox woman and a Muslim man.
Magnus is a documentary about chess genius Magnus Carlsen.
The Edge of Seventeen stars Hailee Steinfeld as a precocious teen who is going to have a great time in college.
I Am Not Madame Bovary is a “caustically comic contemporary fable” about a woman who takes on the Chinese legal system after her ex-husband swindles her.
Life on the Line stars John Travolta as one of many men who are employed to climb poles and cut wires to fix the grid. But, since this is a Travolta film, they get stuck in a deadly storm.
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened is a documentary about the musical Merrily We Roll Along, a musical that should have been a hit, but only played for 52 previews and 16 performances.
The Take is an action film starring Idris Elba. It is apparently not very good, but again, it stars Idris Elba.
Officer Downe stars Kim Coates as a police officer who is resurrected to continue his (sigh) war on crime.
Bleed for This is a biographical drama starring Miles Teller as Vinny Pazienza, a boxer who makes a comeback after a devastating spina injury..
Esteros is an Argentinian film about two young boys who experience a sexual awakening and are separated by physical distance contempt for homosexuality. They are reunited ten years later at a local carnival (and presumably fall in love again).