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What to Watch: Films for December 1st

Where did November go? It was like last week was Halloween and yesterday was Thanksgiving.

Anyway, this weekend does have a bunch of films coming out, but they are all in a limited release. We are heading into Academy Award season. The major cities will have most of the films, and if you’re in NYC or LA, you’ll be able to catch all of them. NYC and LA will also be able to catch the re-release of Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast. 

 

The Disaster Artist

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

 

Wonder Wheel

On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife.

 

The Tribes of Palos Verdes

When the situation at her idyllic Palos Verdes home turns volatile, young Medina attempts to surf her way to happiness.

 

Love Beats Rhymes

When struggling rapper Coco enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon. Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics, setting her on a journey of discovery that takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice – and true love – in this uplifting movie costarring Lucien Laviscount and Common.

 

Gangster Land

The story of America’s most famous mobsters and their rise to power, Gangster Land examines Al Capone’s ascension through the eyes of his second in command, “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn. Once an amateur boxer, McGurn is lured into the Italian mafia after the murder of his stepfather. Upon joining, he rises swiftly through the ranks along with friend and eventual boss, Capone. As the Italian mob becomes the most lucrative criminal organization in the country, tensions build with “Bugs” Moran and the Irish mob which ignites a brutal gang war culminating with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

 

Naples ’44

A British Intelligence Officer in Naples at the end of World War II: Norman Lewis’s acknowledged masterpiece about a war-torn city and its unforgettable humanity.

 

Slumber

A sleep doctor tries to protect a family from a demon that feeds on people in their nightmares.

 

Another Wolfcop

Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.

 

The Shape of Water

An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa  is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

 

Drawing Home

Boston in the 1920s. A young East Coast debutante is dating the most eligible bachelor in the world, John D. Rockefeller III. Her future seems set: a dream life in the upper echelons of society. But when she least expects it, she meets a young painter from one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Their worlds are polar opposites. As their attraction turns their lives upside down, they soon face a universal question: Can you find “home” in another person? Inspired by a true story.

 

Shadowman

Richard Hambleton was a founder of the street art movement before succumbing to drugs and homelessness. Rediscovered 20 years later, he gets a second chance. But will he take it?

 

 

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When Beth “grows up” she wants to see her creations appear on the screen and stage. In her free time, Beth blogs about her love of craft beer and writes screenplays. She studied journalism at Youngstown State and is currently pursuing her masters in communication at the University of Akron. She is honored to be a part of the FanFest family.