If you want to see really good films this weekend, go ahead and scroll down to my Oscarwatch listing below. If you’re a fan of Simon Pegg, and a decent comedy, go see Man Up. My Film to Catch of the week, its a decent commentary on our dating culture, and a good mix of comedy and drama, although it will likely be forgotten at year’s end.
Love the Coopers, a sad excuse for a Christmas comedy, adds another film to a bad track record for Ed Helms. The 33, about the 2010 Chilean mine collapse, could have been a great movie, but is considerably underwhelming and predictable. Aaron Eckhart’s newest outing: My All American, is a watered down Rudy, actually from the same writer. By the Sea is a mostly boring married couple (Pitt/Jolie) drama, too bland for its own good. As we start to wind the year down, we’re seeing more and more limited release films, but this week doesn’t present too many new intriguing options.
Must See: None
Worth Your Time: Man Up
Ok: The 33
Stay Away: My All American, Love the Coopers, By the Sea
Where do They Come From?
Only wide release films count towards these numbers.
- Man Up: Original screenplay by Tess Morris
- Love the Coopers: Original screenplay by Steven Rogers
- By the Sea: Original screenplay by Angelina Jolie Pitt
- The 33: Original screenplay by Mikko Alanne, Craig Borten, and José Rivera
These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. This weekend’s releases not included.
They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely. International films are not included until the end of year if Oscar potential exists.
DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.