Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 8-10, 2017

As Thanksgiving becomes a memory, December releases begin taking a stronger interest in box office success. With numerous likely huge films coming out later in the month, it’s a bit surprising that this weekend sees only a single release. Just Getting Started is the latest in a series of similar films that put big name older actors into situations that appeal primarily to older audiences. The attempt is clear, bring these folk to the box office and make money. Yet, in recent years, such films have been struggling. The question here is whether Just Getting Started can top the second weekend of Coco. I suspect the answer will be no.

Our Highest Rated Films: I, Tonya
Our Best Awards Ratings: I, Tonya (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Disaster Artist (Expanding)(Read our previous Looking at the Weekend commentary here.)

Dec. 8-10, 2017

Film

Our Thoughts

Awards Chances

Just Getting Started

(Wide Release)
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4.0
Wesley Lovell: (4)
Peter J. Patrick: (4)
Tripp Burton: (4)
Thomas LaTourrette: (4)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): There are too many of these types of films out there and they don’t look that much more interesting with each new twist on the plot they have.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Derivative geezer comedy looks like a waste of fine acting talent.
Tripp Burton (TB): This feels bland, although Ron Shelton is usually reliable for a solid type of comedy.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): It could be cute, but aside from the likability of the main actors, it doesn’t look to have anything that interesting to say.

Film

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Awards Chances

Hollow in the Land

(Limited Release)
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5.0
Wesley Lovell: (5)
Peter J. Patrick: (4)
Tripp Burton: (6)
Thomas LaTourrette: (5)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): It might be interesting, but it could also be quite painful to watch.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Low level thriller looks like a glorified TV movie.
Tripp Burton (TB): This feels like a solid thriller worth checking out, but not until it’s streaming.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): Dianna Agron looks to make a good protagonist. Having a woman be the person looking into she shady dealings of her family is a twist, but I am not sure it will be enough to carry the picture.

Film

Our Thoughts

Awards Chances

I, Tonya

(Limited Release)
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6.5
Wesley Lovell: (7)
Peter J. Patrick: (5)
Tripp Burton: (6)
Thomas LaTourrette: (8)

8.0
Wesley Lovell: (7,Oscars)
Peter J. Patrick: (7,Oscars)
Tripp Burton: (10,Oscars)
Thomas LaTourrette: (8,Oscars)
Categories:

  • Picture (TB,TL)
  • Director (TL)
  • Actress (WL,TB,TL)
  • Supporting Actress (WL,PP,TB,TL)
  • Original Screenplay (WL,TL)
  • Film Editing (TL)

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): Having watched the Olympics match between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, this period of history is familiar to me, so I’m curious if it plays out much as I remember.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Dumb cracker movies aren’t my thing no matter how good some of the performances may be.
Tripp Burton (TB): This has been getting a lot of buzz, especially for its two actresses, but I have no interest in seeing it outside of that buzz.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): Everything I have heard about this film makes it sound like a great dark comedy, but a lackluster trailer sure does nothing to interest me the way it should.

Film

Our Thoughts

Awards Chances

November Criminals

(Limited Release)
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4.3
Wesley Lovell: (3)
Peter J. Patrick: (6)
Tripp Burton: (4)
Thomas LaTourrette: (4)

Nil
Wesley Lovell: (Nil)
Peter J. Patrick: (Nil)
Tripp Burton: (Nil)
Thomas LaTourrette: (Nil)
Categories:

  • None

Individual Commentary:

Wesley Lovell (WL): When you watch a trailer for a film and then later you can’t remember a thing about it, the trailer may have failed to accomplish its goal.
Peter J. Patrick (PP): Earnest thriller seems like an odd theatrical release considering it debuted online on 11/7 and has a 1/9/2018 DVD release.
Tripp Burton (TB): An interesting director and cast can’t make this look worth checking out.
Thomas LaTourette (TL): As opposed to an older sister looking into a murder in Hollow in the Land, this one has a teenage best friend. This looks to be the weaker of the two films, and probably the more far-fetched.

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