The Academy Awards will take place on March 4th this year, giving you plenty of time to catch up with movies you might have missed. The most nominated film for 2018, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water”, received 13 nominations. Next in line is “Dunkirk” with 8 nominations, followed by Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with seven nods. These movies are on our list of what to watch in advance of the 2018 Oscars, plus a few other choices.
“The Shape of Water” is the tale of a supernatural romance between a mute woman and a fish man. (Yes, you read that correctly.) This unexpected fable is set against the backdrop of Cold War era America in the early 1960s. A.O. Scott of the New York Times Says “You may marvel at just how far Mr. del Toro takes this interspecies romance — all the way, basically — and also at how natural, how un-creepy, how pure and right he makes it seem. And why not? Folklore is full of frog princes, beauties and beasts. Classical mythology has its satyrs and centaurs, its shape-shifting gods and metamorphosing nymphs, whose commingling and canoodling is part of the human heritage.”
This movie in set in 1940 during the Battle of France in World War II. Allied soldiers from the British Empire and France had been cut off and surrounded. The film tells the story of their evacuation in Dunkirk, France.
The surpassing accomplishment of Dunkirk is to make us feel an almost literal fusion with its story. It’s not so much that we’ve seen a splendid movie, though we have, but as if we’ve been taken inside a historic event, become wholly immersed in something real and alive,” raves Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times.
A grieving mother goes against the local police to find justice. Mildred Hayes’ daughter was murdered, and months pass without a break in the case. In desperation, she paints three signs leading to her town of Ebbing with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the popular chief of police in the town. The battle of wills escalates dramatically.
This film is both a gripping thriller and a provocative commentary. From the mind of Jordan Peele from Key & Peele fame, this is the story of a young African-American man who spends the weekend at his white girlfriend’s family estate, meeting her family for the first time. As the weekend progresses, the young man begins to realize that the truth of what is happening at the estate is nothing that he could ever have possible imagined. As a horror film, this movie is considered to be a long shot at the 2018 Oscars, but both critics and viewers give it high acclaim.
This dramatic comedy takes place in Sacramento, California. A free spirited teenager named Lady Bird can’t wait to escape school, her hometown, and her mother in this coming of age story. Barry Hertz of The Globe and Mail (Toronto) wrote that “There is no rookie-film handicap required in grading the excellence on display. There are no fireworks or twists or unnecessary frills here, nor should there be – this is simply perfect filmmaking from a voice that demands to be heard. The fall movie season is saved. Thank you, Greta Gerwig.”
The clock is ticking! Set aside time this weekend to check out these must watch films in advance of the 2018 Oscars. So, tell us, which of these is your favorite?