Week in CineLife: January 5th, 2018

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Happy 2018 Cinephiles. We here at CineLife are ready for a very exciting 2018 for movies, events, new indie theatre openings, and the like. Download the CineLife app on iOS and Android to find all the new movies, events, and indie theatres near you.

Now that the holidays are over, we are in full award season frenzy. It starts with the Golden Globes which are this Sunday, Jan. 7th, 2018 and ends with the Oscars on March 4th, 2018. Between those are the SAG, WGA, DGA, PGA, BAFTA, Critic’s Choice, and Independent Spirit awards just to name a few (see full list here). Many movies and shorts are vying for both critical and fan acclaim, and this time of year offers a second look at  fantastic art that may have been overlooked by bigger titles from last year. Here’s a short list of features you may have missed that you should definitely see during the season:

2018 Live Action and Animated Shorts – Some of the biggest directors, creators, and ideas have come from shorts. Paul Thomas Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Tim Burton, Wes Anderson, George Lucas, and Pixar have all gained recognition from short films. Click on the links for Live Action and Animated shorts that you will be seeing in theatres soon.

Call Me By Your Name –  Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet are frontrunners for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, respectively, at the 2018 Academy Awards in this wonderful tale of romance and sexuality.

Phantom Thread – Released on Dec. 25th, Phantom Thread came out during a jam-packed holiday. Phantom Thread has been much talked about as the last performance of Daniel Day Lewis, and he turned in a stellar performance in what could be his last roll.

The Disaster Artist – Based on one of the worst reviewed movies of all time, The Room, The Disaster Artist is a humorous tribute that features spectacular performances by both James and Dave Franco.


Three hundred of Hollywood’s most influential actresses including Brie Larson, Kerry Washington, America Ferrera, Ashley Judd, Reese Witherspoon, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, and more have formed the Time’s Up organization to fight sexual harassment. The group’s plan as described by the New York Times is as follows:

  • A legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women — like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels — protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.
  • Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.
  • A drive to reach gender parity at studios and talent agencies that has already begun making headway.
  • And a request that women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black.

Read more about the Time’s Up organization here.

Jane Pickens Theater – The Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center is a world-class art house cinema based in Washington Square in the historic center of Newport, Rhode Island. First built as the Zion Episcopal Church in 1834, it became St Joseph’s Catholic Church in 1885, then a live theater for just a few years in 1918, and finally found its niche in 1922 when it became a movie palace with advent of silent film, known as The Strand. The JPT Newport can say that it is one of the few places where film has been shown in all its “improving formats” for over 90 years.

Check out more about the history and lore of Jane Pickens Theatre here.

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