Alexander Payne brilliantly returns to the big screen with a masterpiece-in-miniature. With DOWNSIZING, the director of NEBRASKA and THE DESCENDANTS once again elevates the game with a trademark razor-sharp satire that squarely positions him as one of the finest filmmakers working today.
Set in a near-future where miniaturization has become a solution to overpopulation and extinction of resources, doughy middle-aged Paul (Matt Damon) and his doting wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) make the big leap to go small and downsize... in dramatic fashion. Desperate to shake the shackles of his mundane existence, Paul pursues the process of "cellular miniaturization" in an attempt to grasp the better life that's long looked to be out of his reach. As always with Payne, things don’t always go to plan as he expertly blends social satire with slivers of science fiction and a perfectly orchestrated crew of performers.
And what a cast he’s assembled. Matt Damon eschews his action hero past and shows off his supreme versatility and Kristen Wiig shines in a big screen role that finally expresses her vast range and depth. Plus, DOWNSIZING features exemplary performances from an all-star array of talent, including Laura Dern, Christoph Waltz, and an absolutely stand-out showing from Hong Chau.
Payne has long shown his affection for the mediocrity of middle-aged masculinity. From ELECTION to SIDEWAYS to ABOUT SCHMIDT, he's reveled in the American everyman to glorious effect, and with DOWNSIZING he's reached new heights. Only in his hands could going small be so big.
Hugh Jackman returns to his musical roots in a holiday biopic that tells the story of American showman P.T. Barnum. Sacked from a conventional job, Jackman’s family man Barnum devises a new idea for making a living. Along with a company of extraordinary individuals he recruits from all walks of life, Barnum creates a showcase of talent that eventually becomes the traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Highlighting the notion that what makes every person and their story different is what makes them all unique and special, Barnum becomes one of the first pioneers of the concept and universal appeal of “showbusiness.”
Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey directs THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, which evolved into a musical as it made its way from development to finished feature film. Award-winning LA LA LAND songwriters Benji Pasek and Justin Paul provide the song score, including the trailer’s moving tune “This Is Me,” sung by Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman ensemble. Rounding out the cast are Michelle Williams as Barnum’s loving wife Charity Barnum, Zac Efron as Phillip Carlyle and Zendaya as acrobat Anna Wheeler.
It’s 1962. Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins, HAPPY GO LUCKY, BLUE JASMINE) works in a top-secret government laboratory - but as a janitor, she’s far from the action. That is, until she discovers an amphibious, humanoid creature in a water tank, undergoing scientific testing. Lonely and mute, Elisa befriends the creature and soon falls in love. But with the Cold War in full swing, the government is willing to do anything to prevent its prize test subject from falling into enemy hands.
From the monstrous mind of director Guillermo del Toro (PAN’S LABYRINTH; HELLBOY; CRIMSON PEAK) comes a romance beyond words and beyond humanity. THE SHAPE OF WATER was inspired by del Toro’s childhood daydreams of a more romantic CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON - and the result reflects a master at the top of his game.
As Elisa, Academy Award nominee Hawkins delivers a magnetic performance alongside co-star Doug Jones, the creature-actor extraordinaire seen in many del Toro films. Also featuring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, and nominees Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins, THE SHAPE OF WATER won near-unanimous praise at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. Stylish, suspenseful, and romantic, it’s a sure-fire favorite of the holiday movie season.
Tommy Wiseau’s debut (and only) feature THE ROOM - a would-be epic about love, betrayal, and a room - has become a bona fide cult cinema icon in the decade since its release, playing midnight shows regularly around the world. Its fans adore it in ways not seen since THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. There’s just one problem: it’s completely, mind-blowingly bad, in idiosyncratic ways no Hollywood director could ever hope to achieve.
Based on the best-selling book by Greg Sestero (THE ROOM’s Mark), THE DISASTER ARTIST is not just a chronicle of the making of the world’s worst movie, but a portrait of an artist bent on realising his vision, and of a human being struggling to relate to his fellow man. Starring James Franco (who also directed, in character) as Wiseau, Dave Franco as Sestero, and a comic ensemble including Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, and Melanie Griffith, it’s a weird, hilarious and touching story that received a standing ovation at its SXSW premiere.
If Tommy Wiseau is a modern-day Ed Wood, then THE DISASTER ARTIST is a modern-day answer to ED WOOD: a rousing love letter to filmmaking, to friendship, and to artistic vision - no matter how misguided.
It’s a lazy summer in 1983 Italy, and 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is passing the days at his family’s villa. Into this picture of contentment strides Oliver, a dashing postgraduate studying under Elio’s father and awakening passionate desire in Elio. As romance blooms between the two, Elio gains a new understanding of who he is.
A sumptuous romance in the sun-drenched Italian countryside, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is the final chapter in director Luca Guadagnino’s “Desire” trilogy, following up on his similarly acclaimed I AM LOVE and A BIGGER SPLASH. Directing from a script co-written by legendary filmmaker James Ivory, Guadagnino gets personal in this gentle, intimate portrait of a summer that changes the film’s characters lives forever.
Featuring captivating performances by Armie Hammer (THE SOCIAL NETWORK), Michael Stuhlbarg (A SERIOUS MAN), and breakout lead Chalamet, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME explores first love and self-discovery with disarming honesty. From the depths of heartbreak to the heights of joy, it’s a story of coming out and coming of age that critics and audiences can’t help but fall in love with.
Twelve-year-old Miguel dreams of strumming his guitar to stardom like his hero, legendary musician Ernesto de la Cruz. But his family has banned music for generations, for reasons long forgotten. Together with his dog Dante, Miguel travels to the Land of the Dead to seek his idol, meeting a host of strange and skeletal characters and uncovering a hundred-year family mystery along the way.
The latest from the visionaries at Pixar Animation Studios, COCO invites audiences to visit a realm of skeletons and sugar skulls inspired by the Mexican Dia de los Muertos festival. Academy Award-nominated director Lee Unkrich (TOY STORY 3), screenwriter Adrian Molina, and a talented voice cast (including Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, and Edward James Olmos) breathe colorful, energetic life into Miguel, Dante, and their somewhat deceased new friends.
A dazzling whirlwind of music and imagination for all ages, COCO is a wild and vibrant journey into life beyond death, and the music that drives life.