Golden Globes. SAG Awards. AFI Awards. Film Independent Spirit Awards. New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Chicago Film Critics Association Awards. Boston Society of Film Critics Awards. African-American Film Critics Association. These are just some of the organizations that have honored the three films we are screening this week with nominations or awards, in categories that range from Best Actress and Best Actor to Best Screenplay and Best Picture. This doesn’t include recognition they have received at film festival screenings over the past year.
Opening this week is the romantic drama CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, which has been charming the critics since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last January. James Franco has come into his own as both star and director with THE DISASTER ARTIST, the reality-based story of the making of what many consider to be the worst movie ever made (move over Plan 9 From Outer Space!). And we celebrate our 5th week with LADY BIRD. Oscar prognosticators are predicting more than one nomination for this delightful film, and we’ve had many patrons coming in for a second look.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is set in the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy (it’s been nominated for more than one cinematography award). Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old American-Italian, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. LEARN MORE.
“An almost sinfully enjoyable movie that both observes and obeys the languid rhythms of a torrid Italian summer.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
With THE DISASTER ARTIST, James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau – an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable – into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic disasterpiece The Room (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), The Disaster Artist is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend— and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. The film co-stars Franco’s brother, Dave Franco. LEARN MORE.
“This movie is seriously funny, surprisingly funny, not funny in a way that you ever decide to laugh, but funny like you couldn’t keep quiet even if you wanted to. The laughs, as they say, keep coming.” – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
Christine “LADY BIRD” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against (but is something of a carbon copy of) her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. The film is Greta Gerwig’s debut as solo writer/director and Timothée Chalamet, star of Call Me by Your Name, appears in a supporting role. LEARN MORE.
“Greta Gerwig makes a winning directorial debut with a funny and very human comedy that happens to have Oscar-caliber performances from Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.” – Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood Daily
We WILL be open both Christmas Eve (stop in for a movie, or if you need a gift card or SHOWROOM t-shirt as a last-minute gift) and Christmas Day (come in and use that SHOWROOM gift card you received). Free parking all day Christmas, and December 23rd is the last Saturday for free parking from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Downtown parking is only $.25 per hour 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Monday through Thursday it’s $.50 an hour, 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM. That’s until March 14th.
We’ve teamed with the Asbury Park Inn for a special holiday promotion. Purchase $100 worth of Asbury Park Inn gift certificates and receive two ShowRoom movie passes. It’s like 2 gifts in one! Call 732-740-4650 or visit their website for more information.
FUTURE FILMS WE ARE ANTICIPATING: Movies listed as “Coming Soon” are films The ShowRoom Cinema would like to present and is actively trying to book. However, we don’t always know if or when we will be able to actually get them from distributors. We set showtimes on a week-by-week basis and will announce them as soon as we can confirm them. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We look forward to bringing these films to THE SHOWROOM CINEMA and please help support our theater by seeing them with us: THE POST, WASTED, I TONYA, MOLLY’S GAME, THELMA, BPM, GOD’S OWN COUNTRY.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from all of us here at The ShowRoom Cinema! We know many of you will have some time off during the coming week – we hope to see you at the movies!