Hoo boy, did the month catch up with me. Here are the movies I missed, your movie releases for next weekend, and a tentative promise to share trailers for this year’s possible Oscar contenders. (You may have noticed that some films, like Call Me By Your Name and The Weight of Water, for example, have been shared here but are getting their Oscar release in the coming weeks.)
My recommendations are Tumhari Sulu and The Breadwinner. I’d skip Justice League, and I’d boycott Wonder Wheel.
Lazer Team 2 is the sequel to 2016’s Lazer Team, wherein a group of heroes mobilizes to fight aliens in an action-science fiction-comedy. This time, one of the team is lost, and the disbanded team must come together to save one of their own.
Rebels On Pointe is a documentary about the 40-year-old Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, an all-male drag ballet company. Directed by Bobbi Jo Hart.
Song of Granite is a documentary about Irish folk singer Joe Heaney. It is Ireland’s submission to this year’s Oscars.
Verna is a Pakistani, Urdu-language, film starring Mahira Khan and Haroon Shahid as a married couple who face difficult circumstances.
Wonder is a family drama based on R. J. Palacio’s book. Oscar-nominated actor Jacob Tremblay plays Auggies, a fifth grader with facial deformities who opts to attend a prep school. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson also star.
Attack of the Killer Donuts is a horror-comedy with a premise that deeply offends me.
The Crime of Monsieur Lange is a 1936 film from Jean Renoir, who made my favorite movie, The Rules of the Game. The 1936 comedy is the least known of his works and has been restored. And it has everything:, unions, a cowboy, romance, and a daring border escape.
Mr. Roosevelt stars Noël Wells as a woman who crashes with her ex-boyfriend when she returns to her hometown. Wells also wrote and directed the film.
The Star is an animated movie with an all-star voice cast about a donkey who gets wrapped up in The Nativity. I’m sure Princess Carolyn would have stopped Oprah from getting into this drivel.
On the Beach at Night Alone is a South Korean drama about a woman who is seemingly ostracsized after she falls in love with a married man and has an affair with him.
Destined stars Cory Hardrict as Sheed and Rasheed, two men whose lives intersect in Detroit. The film has 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Justice League is the comic book movie that forced us to accept Ben Affleck as Batman, because DC wanted a box office response to 2012’s The Avengers, and at least we got last summer’s Wonder Woman out of it, but even with Josh Whedon on the script, this thing is a real stinker.
The Breadwinner is an animated film from the same studio that brought us The Secret of Kells. Based on the children’s book by Deborah Ellis, it is about a little girl who pretends to be a boy in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan so she can support her family after her father was arrested.
Revolt stars Lee Pace as an American soldier in a war-ravaged countryside—set in the future.
Porto is a drama about two expatriates who fall in love in Porto, Portugal.
Sweet Virginia is a thriller starring Jon Bernthal as a man who befriends a “young man with a propensity for violence.”
Sat Shri Akaal England is a romantic comedy about a Punjab man who enters a “marriage of convenience” so he can live in England. Of course, the authorities track him down on his fraudulent union.
Holy Air is a comedy about a man, who sells the air of Nazareth when he finds he desperately needs money.
Tumhari Sulu stars Vidya Balan as a happy-go-lucky housewife whose life gains excitement and thrills when she gets a job as an overnight DJ. I AM HERE FOR THIS.
The Man Who Invented Christmas stars Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, as he flits around England writing A Christmas Carol.
Roman J. Israel, Esq. stars Denzel Washington as an idealistic attorney who joins a big law firm after his partner suffers a heart attack.
Coco is the latest Pixar movie.
Call Me by Your Name is the critically-acclaimed Coming of Age film starring Armie Hammer as a charming American man visiting Italy in the early 1980s, sparking an awakening in his young host. Adapted from the beloved novel by André Aciman. I hope this is Armie Hammer’s return to (successful) films.
Darkest Hour stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, who we are all pretending to like and respect for some reason. (I mean, sure, he was on the Allies, but seriously?)
Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars is a documentary about another man we’re all supposed to be OK with? (I mean, I guess it’s about him as an artist.)
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a documentary about the bombshell actress Hedy Lamarr, who was also a noted inventor who CHANGED OUR LIVES. (But I knew that, because I listen to You Must Remember This.)
Coming out December 1:
Firangi is a 1920-set historical drama about an Indian man who thinks the Brits are not so bad. Oh, no, that sounds not good.
Wonder Wheel is Woody Allen’s latest, and apparently not very good. Which is just fine, because Woody Allen is a gross man. What is Kate Winslet doing here?
The Tribes of Palos Verdes stars Jennifer Garner in a drama about wealthy Los Angelenos.
Gangster Land is a drama about the rise of Al Capone.
The Shape of Water is a drama from Guillermo del Toro about a mute woman, played by Sally Hawkins, who falls in love with a fish-man. This is a problem with the government. This film is an Oscar contender and I look forward to seeing it.
The Swindlers is a South Korean crime-drama about a con man.
Brotherhood of Blades 2, a prequel to 2014’s Brotherhood of the Blades, is a Ming Dynasty-set period drama about mystery, intrigue, and espionage.
Psychopaths is a horror film.
Slumber is a horror movie. It stars Maggie Q!
American Yogi is…a documentary…about Westerners co-opting Eastern culture.
Titanic gets a 20th Anniversary release