Plus, La La Land plays even bigger and bolder on IMAX!
Quite the plethora of movie choices are hitting the screens at Regal Atlantic Station this weekend, including Ben Affleck‘s Live by Night and Peter Berg‘s Patriots Day. Both films received qualifying runs last month in LA and NY to hopefully make the cut come Oscar time.
Live by Night is Affleck’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning Argo, but isn’t connecting the same way that film did. Affleck also stars in the film, following a police chief’s son’s slip into the criminal world. Boasting an impressive supporting cast, including Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, and Zoe Saldana, Live by Night is full of style, but the period piece comes across more cliche than new and exciting.
Berg’s Patriots Day, however, is a solidly built drama surrounding the real-life Boston Marathon bombing. Starring Mark Wahlberg, the film is striking for its honest portrayal and never slipping into patronizing territory. Berg’s knack for action helps with the structure, but there is a slight sense of pandering, when it comes to the emotional affect. The film should play well and could even creep into the Oscar race, similar to films like American Sniper.
Martin Scorsese‘s Silence finally hits big screens, after also getting a limited release at the end of December. The movie should be a major awards contender, but has been left off of most lists, so far. Starring Andrew Garfield as a Jesuit priest in the seventeenth century, the film is heavy. With sweeping cinematography, it’s beautiful to look at, but the odd structure and stilted screenplay keep this from becoming one of Scorsese’s greatest.
The other notable new release is big budget family film Monster Trucks. Originally intended as a 2015 release, the film was pushed around until now. And, seeing it, it’s clear why. The laughable plot and meandering performances aren’t enough to save this movie. It’s the first flounder of 2017.
Wanting to catch up on awards season fare? La La Land is extending into a limited run on the IMAX screen. The Academy Award frontrunner is coming off of a record-breaking streak at the Golden Globes, winning 7 trophies, including Best Picture. Plus, Hidden Figures and Fences are both still playing!
Other releases include Sleepless, starring Jamie Foxx, and The Bye Bye Man.
Scottie Knollin is a member of the Georgia Film Critics Association. Find his reviews and review roundups here each week and in more depth at AllTheHitsSoFar.com!