Opening this Weekend

Office Christmas Party

Manchester by the Sea

Nocturnal Animals

Miss Sloane

The Bounce Back

Sword Master

Things to Come

Safe Neighborhood

This Weekend’s Box Office Predictions

  1. Moana
  2. Office Christmas Party
  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  4. Arrival
  5. Allied

What You Should See

There’s an awful lot of “you know who you are and what you’ll like” in this week’s new releases, so I’m only going to spend this moment on the fact that I wouldn’t see Office Christmas Party or The Bounce Back but I wouldn’t totally blame you if you did. Also, Sword Master doesn’t look like a bad choice for all of you wuxia lovers out there, and Things to Come is probably going to be pretty great for those of you looking for a film about the state of contemporary relationships. In French.   Yeah. Like I said, you know who you are and what you’ll like.

The big question marks, then, are Miss Sloane, Nocturnal Animals, and Manchester by the Sea, and there’s enough room to recommend all of them, but I’m actually going a little nuts waiting to see Nocturnal Animals because it looks so emotionally f*cked up, so that’s my top recommendation. Thom’s actually already seen Manchester by the Sea and recommends it pretty highly, though not as highly as the critics (we’ll probably have a review of it closer to Oscar season since it’s likely to get several nominations). Miss Sloane isn’t coming in as high on critic lists as either of those two, so that’s the big miss of the three, but you might have also noticed Safe Neighborhood, only playing once on Friday (today!), which has the distinction of being the first new movie release we’ve talked about here that didn’t have a trailer to embed. That’s really weird.

Also, once again, Theater of Life, a documentary on food waste and feeding the hungry, will be opening on Friday, the 23rd and will run through to the 28th at Metro Cinema. We’ll have our review of it up next week.

Theater of Life (Trailer) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.