Out This Week: 22 February 2018

This weekend we have two Oscar-nominated films.

As the Oscars are approaching, this weekend we have two Oscar nominated films among the weekend’s new releases. So let’s check them out.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Directed by: Martin McDonagh
With: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell
What is it about? A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
Heads Up: One of 2017’s highly acclaimed films, which even had a gala screening at DIFF2017. It’s a winner of 3 Golden Globes, 5 BAFTA Awards, and is up for 7 Oscars next month including Best Picture. Best Actress, and two nods for Best Supporting Actors. Martin McDonagh’s previous two films were also highly acclaimed (In Bruges7 Psychopaths), so it goes without saying that you should see this one.

Game Night

Directed by: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
With:  Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, and Kyle Chandler
What is it about? A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.
Heads Up: The director duo’s previous output was the poorly received remake of Vacation. However, this one is getting very strong reviews, and the trailer promises a hilarious fun and carnage film. I’d say make time for it.

Mom and Dad

Directed by: Brian Taylor
With: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, and Anne Winters
What is it about? A teenage girl and her little brother must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids.
Heads Up: This horror comedy is a hoot! It has a great crazy over-the-top Nicolas Cage performance and Selma Blair more than holds herself against that. It is a fun film to watch in cinema, and I can personally vouch for it.

 Every Day

Directed by: Michael Sucsy
With:  Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, and Debby Ryan
What is it about? A shy teenager falls for someone who transforms into another person every day.
Heads Up: This teen romance based on a bestselling novel has a high concept that would make it appealing for its target audience. I think teenagers might enjoy it more than adults, so I would sit this one out until there is a clear verdict about it.

The Insult

Directed by: Ziad Doueiri
With: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, and Camille Salameh
What is it about? After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.
Heads Up: With this film Lebanon finally got a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination. The courtroom drama from the highly acclaimed Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri (West Beirut, The Attack) offers a peek into Middle East conflicts and divisions. I am rooting for it come Oscar night, but I am also hoping it attracts audience as well.

Welcome to New York 

Directed by: Chakri Toleti
With:  Sonakshi Sinha, Diljit Dosanjh, Karan Johar, and Lara Dutta 
What is it about? Two people who win an all-expense paid trip to New York, land themselves in complete chaos.
Heads Up: A fish out of water slapstick comedy is a recurring theme in Bollywood. This one has Bollywood laughing at itself, which might turn out to be amusing.

About Abdullah Y

Abdullah Y is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is an avid consumer of everything Pop Culture; movies, TV, music, photography, podcasts, and social media. He loves to travel and to share his experiences.