New in Theaters This Week for 12/8/17
Welcome to a newer recurring feature here at The Nerd Mentality. As movie lovers we often scramble to find all the films coming out in a given week. We thought we would take some of the guesswork out for our readers. We’ll be showcasing both wide and limited releases. So sit back watch some trailers and you might find something new to go watch this weekend. These films are what’s New in Theaters This Week for 12/8/17, shown in total random order, because why not? Showtimes are linked on the titles so you can see if it is playing near you.
The Disaster Artist (A24)
With The Disaster Artist, James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau—an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable—into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic disasterpiece The Room (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), The Disaster Artist is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend—and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing.
TNM Notes: A24’s expansion of James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” jumps from 19 to about 800 locations compared to last weekend. The comedy-drama grossed $1.2 million in its opening weekend, good enough for 12th place.
The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight)
An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
TNM Notes: Including this week due to being on many more screens this weekend. While it doesn’t release nationwide until December 22nd, more will be able to see it now compared to the just two screens it was on last weekend. Also of note, the trailer below is the “Red Band” version.
I, Tonya (Neon)
Based on the unbelievable, but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.
TNM Notes: “Red Band” trailer below, because why not they’re more fun.
Kaleidoscope (IFC Midnight)
This intense, twisty thriller unfolds in the darkest corners of a man’s mind. Recently released from prison, mild-mannered Carl (Toby Jones) quietly attempts to move on with his life. Just as he embarks on his first date in 15 years, Carl’s fresh start is shattered by the sudden reappearance of his domineering mother (Anne Reid), whose presence awakens within him a deep-seated trauma. What unfolds is a brain-warping puzzle as reality and illusion, past and present collide and explode in violence. The debut feature from Rupert Jones is a provocative psychological mystery that asks: is it possible to escape our past?
Just Getting Started (Broad Green Pictures)
Morgan Freeman stars as DUKE DIVER, the freewheeling manager of the luxury Palm Springs resort, the Villa Capri. DIVER may have a mysterious past, but he’s a pro at making sure that life for the high-spirited residents is one big, non-stop party. But the status quo is challenged when ex-military charmer LEO (Tommy Lee Jones) checks in, triggering a competition between Duke and Leo for the top spot of Alpha male, as well as for the affections of the newly-arrived SUZIE (Rene Russo). When Duke’s past suddenly catches up with him, the rivals put aside their differences and the two men reluctantly team up to stop whoever is trying to kill Duke, and also save the Villa Capri.
Bullet Head (Saban Films)
Three career criminals find themselves trapped in a warehouse with the law closing in and an even worse threat waiting inside.
Hollow in the Land (Vertical Entertainment)
With her father in jail and her mother having left when she was young, Alison Miller is the matriarch of the family watching over her only sibling Brandon. But on the anniversary of their father’s crimes, their family is pushed to its limits: a dead man has been found in a trailer park and Brandon is missing from the scene of the crime.
The Pirates of Somalia (Echo Bridge)
In 2008, rookie Canadian journalist Jay Bahadur’s impulsive plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia provides the first close-up look at who these men are, how they live, and the forces that drive them.
The Rape of Recy Taylor (Augusta Films)
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.
November Criminals (Vertical Entertainment)
Addison, an intelligent but disengaged high school senior, navigates the Washington, D.C., underworld with his best friend and soul mate, a clever and levelheaded girl named Digger. Together, they attempt to solve the death of a fellow student.
So that’s it. Well maybe. There are a few other films listed as releasing tomorrow on a few sites, but I can’t find showtimes or other info. So they must not want them to be seen, it’s not like movies cost thousands of dollars to make or anything. New in Theaters This Week for 12/8/17 brought to you by The Nerd Mentality! Check back each week by bookmarking our Coming Soon tag.