CocktailsandMovies.com Whaddya Got On Tap? – Week of 12/01/17

By Tim Barley, Mike Reyes, and Duwayne Tso

It’s beginning to look a lot like Oscars!

Happy December 1st, Mixers! The final round of 2017 is upon us, and this month has some mass appeal hits headed our way, as well as some last minute awards players coming into focus. It’s going to be as exciting as it is nerve-wracking to try and catch up, which is why we’re still running the show today, despite the lack of any new wide releases. Rather, we’re highlighting some new limited releases that’ll be going wide in the coming weeks, so we can help you all prepare for the season that’s about to descend on the movie-watching community. So take note of what’s opening where, and enjoy our picks for this week’s limited fare.

Just three new limited releases for this week.

 The Disaster Artist     

Distributor: A24
Director: James Franco
Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Sharon Stone, Zac Efron, and Josh Hutcherson
Rating: R
Run Time: 103 mins
Wide Release Date: 12/8/17

Official Synopsis: 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.

CocktailsandMovies.com’s Take: If you’ve never read Greg Sestero’s The Disaster Artist, or seen Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, you need to go and do that right now. The craziness behind the camera exceeds what was caught on film, and this movie looks ready to revel in that madness in a way that pays tribute to the new best, worst film. (Tim’s note: we had a great group of people who went to the screening of The Room every month at the Sunset Laemle. Soooo much fun.)

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Wonder Wheel     

Distributor: Amazon Studios
Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, and James Belushi
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 101 mins

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

CocktailsandMovies.com’s Take: Woody Allen either delivers or he doesn’t, and we’re honestly not sure where he lands with this one. The buzz has been kinda meh, and with the climate in Hollywood being what it is today, we’re honestly surprised this one’s even still in release.

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The Shape of Water    

Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, and Michael Stuhlbarg
Rating: R
Run Time: 123 mins
Wide Release Date: 12/22/17

Official Synopsis: In a top secret government lab, at the height of the Cold War, a cleaning woman and a sea creature are about to do the most dangerous thing of all: fall in love.

CocktailsandMovies.com’s Take: A mix between Universal Monsters and old school love story, The Shape of Water looks absolutely gorgeous. Not to mention, we’re kind of always in Guillermo del Toro’s corner when he decides to bring us a new gift at the multiplex, so this one’s a shoo-in for our queue.

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Duwayne’s Pick: The Disaster Artist It was a tough choice but The Disaster Artist edges out Wonder Wheel. I’m actually seeing both on Saturday but I am more excited about the former. There is a lot of humor, lots of actors involved that I like, and I always enjoy a behind the scenes making of a movie. Plus, it will be great to see how The Room evolved and made it to the big screen.

Mike’s Pick: I’ve already seen The Shape of Water, and I’m ready to see it again. The beauty and craft work that went into making Guillermo del Toro’s latest film is awe-inspiring, and it’s something everyone should see. Though, I’m really hoping to get out to The Disaster Artist soon.

Tim’s Pick: The Disaster Artist – this movie look so good even if I hadn’t see The Room

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The Weekend Top Five:

1. Coco – remaining at #1 for another week, for the kids
Estimated Weekend: $35 million

2. Justice League – we saw it, not bad but didn’t reach it’s full potential
Estimated Weekend: $20 million

3. Thor – probably the best Marvel movie so far
Estimated Weekend: $9 million

4. Daddy’s Home 2 – Ferrell and Walhberg are a comedy duo genius
Estimated Weekend: $6 million

5. The Shape of Water – may be wrong on this, but feel del Toro needs big love
Estimated Weekend: $5 million

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We’ll see you around over the weekend, but until then make sure to treat your films and your drinks with equal responsibility. Skip the bad movies, and know when to say “No” to that refill! Though calling an Uber or Lyft is always an option as well!

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