This season is full of cinematic delights for every kind of film fan; stunning biopics, superhero showdowns, gritty westerns, and cities under siege.Here’s a highlight:
A STAR IS BORN
Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott;
Director: Bradley Cooper
• Cooper’s bold remake of A Star is Born pays homage to and reinvents this classic tale, as it hits the big screen for the fourth time.
• 1937 Janet Gaynor and Fredrick March laid the blueprint for this ageless story of a fading star and the young talent he discovers.
• 1954 Judy Garland, James Mason
• 1976 Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson
• Cooper’s remake pairs Lady Gaga (we know she can sing) and Cooper (yes, someone with his good looks can also have vocal talent!). I love this story and am looking forward to this new adaptation.
Back on the radar:
We haven’t seen these actors in a while.
• The Old Man & The Gun: Robert Redford. Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, a bank robber who was arrested 17 times and escaped 17 times.
• Mandy: Nicolas Cage. A revenge thriller man hunt, which ensues after the home invasion of a once peaceful lumberjack and his family.
• Colette: Keira Knightley. A period piece set in the 1800s, which portrays a woman who defies convention.
• Night School: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Taran Killam
Think of this as The Breakfast Club for adults.
• Quincy: A documentary about music producer Quincy Jones directed by his daughter, actress Rashida Jones.
• Love Gilda: Touching portrait of Gilda Radner and her influence on today’s female comedians.
• Tea with the Dames: Conversations between actresses Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Eileen Atkins.
Looking for thrillers?
• Widows: Directed by Steve McQueen and starring Viola Davis. A woman whose husband suddenly dies and leaves her in a compromising position dealing with matters of political corruption and money thievery she had no idea about.
• Bad Times at the El Royale: A rundown Lake Tahoe hotel with a dark past plays host to seven strangers, each with a secret to bury. In one fateful night, everyone will have a shot at redemption—before everything goes to hell.
• The Girl in the Spiders Web: Based on David Lagercrantz’s 2015 bestselling novel, this is a new Dragon Tattoo thriller with the return of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.
• AquaMan: Takes place in the seven kingdoms of Atlantis deep in the heart of Africa where a quest by evildoers to acquire the powerful Trident of Neptune results in fighting with Aquaman’s brother King Orin.
• Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: An animated Spider-Man teams up with Spider-People from other dimensions for this action-packed superventure.
• First Man: Neil Armstrong was a reserved and unassuming person but all that changed when he became the first man to step on the moon. This film is as close to a documentary as you can get without calling it one.
• Bohemian Rhapsody: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in a film about the rock legend’s giant musical career and unique style.