Bring on the applause! Awards season is upon us and our Angelika picks are racking up nomination on top of nomination. We hate to say we told you so… well, not really. But we just knew these films were some great picks with stellar performances that would be sure to sweep you off of your feet! So without further ado, let’s get carried away with this week’s Friday watch list!
LA LA LAND
GENRE: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
Golden Globe nominee – Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy- Ryan Gosling, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy: Emma Stone, Best Director: Motion Picture- Damien Chazelle, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song: Motion Picture- “City Of Stars”, Best Original Score: Motion Picture
Critics Choice Award winner – Best Picture, Best Director: Damien Chazelle
Critics Choice Award nominee – Best Actor: Ryan Gosling, Best Actress: Emma Stone, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Score, Best Song: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”, Best Song: “City of Stars”
GENRE: Biography, Drama
Seen through the eyes of iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman), JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history – placing audiences in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.
Golden Globe nominee – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama- Natalie Portman
Critics Choice Award winner – Best Actress: Natalie Portman
Critics Choice Award nominee – Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Hair & Makeup, Best Production Design, Best Score
From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, COLLATERAL BEAUTY is a thought-provoking drama that follows a successful New York ad executive (Oscar nominee Will Smith). After suffering a personal tragedy, he retreats from life, until his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything. Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways, exploring how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and death interlock in a life fully lived. Also starring Oscar winner Kate Winslet and Oscar nominee Keira Knightly.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
GENRE: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
HELL OR HIGH WATER
GENRE: Crime , Drama, Western
LOCATIONS: Angelika Pop-Up
HELL OR HIGH WATER follows Toby (Chris Pine) is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son, and his brother Tanner (Ben Foster), an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus (Jeff Bridges), a Texas Ranger who’s only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who’s not ready to ride off into the sunset.
Golden Globe nominee – Best Motion Picture: Drama, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Jeff Bridges, Best Original Screenplay
GENRE: Biography, Drama, Romance
From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, LOVING celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their Virginia hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and has gone down in history as an inspiration to couples everywhere.
Golden Globe nominee – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Drama- Joel Edgerton, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama- Ruth Negga
Critics Choice Award nominee – Best Picture, Best Actor: Joel Edgerton, Best Actress: Ruth Negga, Best Original Screenplay
THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
GENRE: Comedy, Drama
In the vein of SIXTEEN CANDLES and THE BREAKFAST CLUB, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is an honest, candid, often hilarious look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s modern world. Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine’s well-meaning but completely ineffective mother, and Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board.
Golden Globe nominee – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy- Hailee Steinfeld
Critics Choice Award nominee – Best Young Actor/Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, Best Comedy, Best Actress in a Comedy: Hailee Steinfeld
LOCATIONS: Angelika Carmel
Sônia Braga (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN) gives a tour-de-force performance in Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or nominee AQUARIUS. With an impeccable 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and critic predictions of an Oscar nomination, it follows Clara (Braga), who has vowed not to leave her quickly gentrifying home in Recife, Brazil, until her death. Her steadfastness brings about a mysterious confrontation, tingeing even Clara’s most familiar routines with the tension of a thriller. AQUARIUS is an official selection of the 2016 New York and Toronto International Film Festivals.
San Diego Film Critics Society – Best Actor, Female: Sonia Braga