The Disaster Artist
Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Hannibal Burress, Jerrod Carmichael, Nathan Fielder

The Disaster Artist

The Story: An aspiring actor befriends a scene partner, and the duo move to L.A. to pursue their dreams — until a harsh welcome prompts them to take matters into their own hands. The Lowdown: Based on the true story of the creation of a true cinematic nadir, James Franco has made a very good film…
Starring: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen


The Story: A young college student finds herself plagued by mysterious seizures and unexplained phenomena when an attraction to a pretty classmate places both girls in harm's way. The Lowdown: A remarkable twist on horror and coming-of-age stories that refuses to allow its audience the comfort of the conventions expected of those genres.
Starring: Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq, Shaista Latif, Ali Badshah, Noorin Gulamgaus

The Breadwinner

The Story: A young Afghan girl must take extraordinary measures to support her family after her father is arrested by the Taliban. The Lowdown: A compelling glimpse into life under a fundamentalist theocracy that offers a depth of cultural awareness and respect for its target audience's intelligence not commonly found in films aimed primarily at children.
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Lucas Hedges, Clarke Peters, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones, Kerry Condon, John Hawkes

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Story: The mother of a murdered child throws her small town into chaos when she rents three billboards on a rural stretch of road to prod the local authorities into prioritizing her daughter's case. The Lowdown: An improbably compelling and complex character study that may be Martin McDonagh's first true must-see movie.
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Noel Ubach, Renee Victor, Jaime Camil, Gabriel Iglesias, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Edward James Olmos


The Story: A young aspiring musician finds himself cast into the land of the dead on a quest to reunite with the spirit of his great-great-grandfather. The Lowdown: A touching story told with remarkable visual flair that imparts important lessons about death and family while exposing kids to Mexican cultural traditions.
Denzel Washington
Starring: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Nazneen Contractor, Shelley Hennig, Tony Plana, Pej Vahdat, Brittany Ishibashi, Amanda Warren, James Paxton, Joseph David-Jones, DeRon Horton, Niles Fitch

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

The Story: An idealistic lawyer finds his ideals challenged when the death of his law partner forces him into a world of moral turpitude. The Lowdown: A good film that never reaches the heights of which it was capable, tackling important issues without successfully addressing them due to a bloated script and frustrating conclusion.
Starring: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Andrea Martin

Black Christmas

In Brief: Merry Christmas from the Asheville Film Society with Bob Clark’s Black Christmas (yes, the same Bob Clark who made A Christmas Story). What better way to celebrate the season than with the original “slasher” picture? Yes, Black Christmas pretty much started it all — predating Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th (1980) and A Nightmare…
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges,Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Lois Smith, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Odeya Rush, Jordan Rodrigues

Lady Bird

The Story: A teen struggles to define her identity as she navigates the social pressures of late adolescence. The Lowdown: An utterly beguiling portrait of early adulthood that avoids the saccharine navel-gazing so typical of the coming-of-age genre while simultaneously establishing writer/director Greta Gerwig as a cinematic force to be reckoned with.
Starring: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary, Linda Anborg, Christopher Laesso, Annica Liljeblad, Emelie Beckius, Jan Lindwall

The Square

The Story: A wealthy museum curator sets off a chain of minor disasters when he tries to recover his stolen cellphone and wallet. The Lowdown: An existential cringe comedy that skewers the modern art world while expressing a deeper disdain for the posturing of those who populate it — a black comedy with a social conscience.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Ciaran Hinds, Amber Heard

Justice League

The Story: Batman recruits a team of metahuman superheroes to combat an alien threat to terrestrial life. The Lowdown: A perfunctory and redundant comic book cash grab that fails on multiple levels.
Starring: Enrique Rivero, Pauline Carton, Feral Benga, Jean Desbordes, Lee Miller

The Blood of a Poet (Le Sange d’un Poete)

In Brief: The first of French Avant-garde director Jean Cocteau's films, Le Sange d'un Poete (1932) may not carry the same level of esteem as his later works such as La Belle et la Bête (1946), but it's a fascinating artifact nonetheless. Yes, it may be a little rough around the edges, but Cocteau's literary sensibilities and Surrealist tendencies are…
Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

In Brief: As someone who grew under the shadow of Cold War brinksmanship, I was really hoping that the concerns raised in Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) could be relegated to the trash heap of cultural artifacts alongside bellbottoms and disco. Sadly, this was not to…
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Alex Lawther, Stephen Campbell Moore, Vicki Pepperdine, Richard McCabe, Geraldine Somerville, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Will Tilston

Goodbye Christopher Robin

The Story: Author A.A. Milne creates a cherished series of stories based on his son's toys in an attempt to cope with his own trauma. The Lowdown: Often treacly and superficial but seldom overtly objectionable.
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, Manuel Garcia Rulfo, Sergei Polunin, Tom Bateman

Murder on the Orient Express

The Story: World-renowned Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is confronted with a challenging mystery when a man turns up dead on a train with a dozen compelling suspects. The Lowdown: If you like the original novel or the Sydney Lumet version from the '70s, chances are you'll find this acceptable — if somewhat pointless.
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Gavin Muir, Luana Anders, Marjorie Cameron

Night Tide

In Brief: Curtis Harrington is one of the most overlooked talents of the mid-century cinema, and Night Tide (1961) may well be his masterpiece of movie marginalia. And though it has been marginalized, it’s far from trivial — this evocative mood piece carries the mantle of producer Val Lewton more justifiably than almost any other modern…