New in cinemas: ‘The Disaster Artist’, ‘The Shape of Water’

Director and star James Franco arrives for the gala presentation of ‘The Disaster Artist’ at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles November 12, 2017. — Reuters pic
Director and star James Franco arrives for the gala presentation of ‘The Disaster Artist’ at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles November 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

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LOS ANGELES, Nov 28 — Heading towards theatrical release this week are a look behind the scenes of the best worst film ever in The Disaster Artist, Guillermo del Toro’s latest fantasy adventure The Shape of Water, an aspirational rapper’s journey in RZA’s Love Beats Rhymes, war documentary Naples ‘44 as narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch and the surf-drenched turmoil of family drama The Tribes of Palos Verdes.

The Disaster Artist (R)

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Starring James Franco, Seth Rogen (both Freaks & Geeks, This Is The End), Dave Franco (Now You See Me), Alison Brie (BoJack Horseman)

Studio synopsis: Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s cult-classic disasterpiece The Room (The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made).

Director: James Franco

Select release dates: Australia: November 30, UK, Ireland: December 1, Philippines: December 6, USA: December 8, Netherlands: December 21

Website & social: disasterartist.movie, tommysplanet.com, facebook.com/DisasterArtistMovie, twitter.com/DisasterArtist

The Shape of Water (R)

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Starring Sally Hawkins (Godzilla), Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Studio synopsis: In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, Elisa’s life is changed forever when she discovers a secret classified experiment.

Director: Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim)

Select release dates:

USA (New York): November 30, USA (general release,) Canada: December 8, Singapore: January 18, Australia: January 25, Netherlands: February 15, UK, Ireland: February 16, France, Philippines: February 21, Hong Kong: March 15

Website & social: theshapeofwaterthemovie.com, facebook.com/theshapeofwater, twitter.com/shapeofwater

Love Beats Rhymes (R)

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Starring Azealia Banks, Jill Scott (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency), Common (Selma)

Studio synopsis: 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.

Director: Robert Diggs, aka RZA (Iron Fist episode 6)

Select release dates: USA and On Demand: December 1

Naples ‘44 (rating, runtime)

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Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (narrator)

Studio synopsis: The story of an emotional journey bordering on a love affair; one between a person who finds himself almost accidentally in an unknown faraway place and a city torn and traumatized by war.

Director: Francesco Patierno

Select release dates: New York Film Festival: November 29, Laemmle Monica Film Center LA: December 8, Toronto Hot Docs Cinema: December 24

Website: firstrunfeatures.com/naples44.html

The Tribes of Palos Verdes (R)

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Starring Maika Monroe (It Follows), Jennifer Garner, Justin Kirk, Cody Fern

Studio synopsis: When teenage Medina (Maika Monroe) moves with her family to the picture-postcard perfect paradise of Palos Verdes, California, they seem headed for a happy new chapter in their lives. But old troubles soon catch up to them.

Director: Emmett Malloy (concert tour documentary Big Easy Express) Brendan Malloy

Select release dates: USA and On Demand: December 1

Website & social: ifcfilms.com/films/tribes-of-palos-verdes, facebook.com/IFCFilmsOfficial, instagramme.com/ifcfilms, twitter.com/ifcfilms. — AFP-Relaxnews

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