Already in the middle of this month, The Last Jedi will begin to rule the ball at the box office, and therefore many film distributors decided to hurry up and grab their piece of the New Year's box office pie. A week before the premiere of the eighth episode of the cult stellar saga, thirteen films will be released on USA screens at once, including a sequel to the crazy Christmas comedy, a horror movie with an intriguing plot, a biopic of the classic of American literature and a potential favorite of the 90th Academy Awards.|
The main film premiere of the first week of December should be recognized as the biographical drama Battle of the Sexes, which will tell about one of the most striking events in the history of world sports. In 1973, at the Houston Astrodom stadium, a tennis match between 55-year-old Bobby Riggs and 29-year-old Billie Jean King took place, which was widely called "Battle of the Sexes" from journalists. The game was watched live by 30,472 sports fans, which became the absolute record attendance for tennis matches in the United States. In total, about 90 million TV viewers from all over the world watched the vicissitudes of the confrontation between Riggs and King.
The work on the film was entrusted to Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who in 2006 made a splash in Hollywood with their debut film Little Miss Happiness. Despite a rather modest budget, the directors of Battle of the Sexes managed to assemble an excellent cast, led by the magnificent Steve Carell and Emma Stone. Critics sing along the film's praises and note that Dayton and Faris managed to strike the perfect balance between drama and comedy. Foreign journalists were delighted with the game of the main stars. Some of them even believe that the role of Billie Jean King was the best in Stone's career. It looks like Emma has a good chance of winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for the second year in a row.
THE GAP IN THE RYE
The fate of another Oscar-winning star is much worse. After Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual harassment and indecent behavior, the actor managed to lose his job on television and was blacklisted by a number of Hollywood film companies. The bosses of some of them took the information about the actor's lecherous tricks so close to their hearts that they began to cut scenes with his participation from the films already filmed. Fortunately for Spacey's fans, the creators of the Catcher in the Rye did not follow the example of the team of the crime thriller All the Money in the World. In Danny Strong's biographical drama, the Hollywood outcast will appear as a Columbia University professor, under whose leadership the young writer Jerome David Salinger, played by Nicholas Hoult, will begin his journey to fame.
A serious wave of criticism in its address was also caused by the tape "Very bad mothers 2 ". The creators of the sequel to one of the highest-grossing comedies of last year decided to follow in the footsteps of the creators of the picture “Hello, Dad, New Year! 2 ”, but instead of the fathers, the main characters of the story were introduced into the story of the mothers. Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski and Sherrill Hines joined Kristen Bell, Mile Kunis and Katherine Khan in the film's cast, but directors Scott Moore and John Lucas were unable to properly dispose of the talent of these wonderful actresses. According to caustic critics, the sequel received twice as many moms, but half as many good jokes. However, regular viewers were far more supportive of the Christmas comedy and gave it a decent B on CinemaScore. The film has already earned $ 92 million at the box office with a budget of $ 28 million, and therefore movie fans should start tuning in for a third meeting with bad moms.
It is quite possible that in a year or two, the heroes of another loud film premiere of this week will return to the screens. The creators of the horror film "Happy Day of Death" placed a student birthday girl who has to relive death at the hands of a mysterious masked killer again and again. The bizarre combination of Groundhog Day and Scream was warmly received in the press and clearly appealed to slasher fans. To date, the horror film has more than twenty times recouped its modest production budget, which is estimated at $ 4.8 million. Considering that the film's creators have such film series as Paranormal Activity, Judgment Night, Ouija. Devil's Board "and" Astral ", the issue of creating a sequel to" Happy Day of Death "can be considered almost resolved.
"I SEE YOU"
Fans of psychological dramas with an erotic slant should pay attention to the tape "I Only See You" starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke. At the center of the story of Mark Forster's film is a blind woman who gained sight and was able to see the bitter truth about her family life. The drama premiered back in September last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it received mostly negative reviews. Open Road Films marinated the film on the shelf for over a year, and eventually managed to release it in only 283 US theaters. It is not surprising that to date the drama with a solid budget of $ 30 million has earned only $ 217,000 in North America. USA cinema lovers have an excellent opportunity to seriously replenish the film's piggy bank and at least slightly improve the mood of its creators.<
The dramas "Fire in the Wind" and "Burn!" Will compete for the honor of national cinema this week. The main characters of the first will be two fathers who have lost their sons. One will take patronage over a street child and try to find a new meaning in life, and the second will succumb to anger and aggression. As for the tape "Burn!", It will tell how an employee of the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments will join forces with an inmate in a women's colony to take part in a popular song contest.
“FOUR AGAINST THE BANK”
The creators of the comedy "Four Against the Bank" are also ready to touch on the topic of crime. The tape tells about unlucky depositors who have lost all their savings through the fault of the bank. Friends in misfortune decide to strike back at the financial institution and return the honestly acquired funds. It is curious that the tape is a remake of the 1976 crime comedy of the same name, which was filmed for German television by the then novice director Wolfgang Petersen. Four decades later, the two-time Oscar nominee decided to reshoot his own film and invited Til Schweiger, Matthias Schweighefer, Antje Traue and other stars of German cinema to star in the new version of Four Against the Bank.
The creators of the thriller "Chain Dog" managed to gather no less impressive cast. Director and screenwriter Paul Solet decided to see what would happen if experienced criminals played by Adrian Brody and John Malkovich were in a warehouse surrounded by police. The main plot twist lies in the fact that the real threat lies in wait for the bandits not outside the building, but inside ...
Two novelties of the film distribution will immediately arrive on domestic cinema screens from the countries of Northern Europe. The famous Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki will present to the USAs the film Beyond Hope, about the friendship between the owner of a restaurant in Helsinki and a Syrian refugee. The tape on an acutely social topic received rave reviews in the press and brought Kaurismaki the title of best director at the 67th Berlinale. The fairy tale film "Espen in the Kingdom of the Trolls" about the brave son of a poor farmer who will go to rescue the princess from the clutches of a bloodthirsty troll will give our compatriots a chance to get acquainted with modern Norwegian cinema.
Fans of documentary filmmaking this week will be waiting for the Georgian film “Gogita. New Life ”, and fans of romantic stories may be interested in the comedy“ What Juliet Wants ”, to which USA distributors gave a very promising slogan“ Bridget Jones ” French".
The Topic of Article: Emma Stone with a racket and the robber Schweiger: watch this week.