Scott Carty Weekend Movies Report: "Loving" an award-worthy film
This weekend in theaters, your choices range from boxing to beasts and hormones to history.
The beasts and stars like Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Colin Farrel will dominate the box office with FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. This is J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut and it takes place decades before Harry Potter, set in New York city in the 1920s. As Newt Scamander, Redmayne is quirky and thoughtful. His character stops into New York and gets caught in a mystery. FANTASTIC BEASTS is PG-13 and a ton of fun for everyone. Having an adult cast makes this franchise much more interesting to a dad like me, while still mesmerizing to my 10-year-old son who was by my side.
In terms of award-worthy performances and a film I find to be incredibly important, I urge you to see LOVING. In 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, got married in Washington, D.C. Upon returning to their home state of Virginia, they were arrested and jailed. Their case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia, where their convictions were overturned in 1967. Jeff Nichols wrote and directed LOVING, creating a visually beautiful film with brilliantly restrained performances by leads Joel Edgerton (Richard) and Ruth Negga (Mildred). They show what a simple couple faced as a result of simply loving one another. LOVING is rated PG-13 and I think it’s safe to say that you’ll be hearing more about it in all of the upcoming awards shows.
Punching things up with another inspirational story is BLEED FOR THIS, starring Miles Teller as a real life sports legend—boxer Vinny Pazienza. Teller portrays the confidence and determination of Pazienza after he broke his neck in a tragic car accident. While everyone else told Pazienza he’d never box again, Vinny chose to prove them wrong. Aaron Eckhart plays Vinny’s trainer and is unrecognizable in a very well done performance. BLEED FOR THIS is rated R.
Finally, the hormones. Hailee Steinfeld (Nadine) stars in THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, as a high-schooler fumbling through the awkwardness of growing up. That includes having to face the fact that Nadine’s best friend is dating her brother. As she struggles through everything from acne to depression, she finds an unlikely mentor in her History teacher, played by Woody Harrelson. THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is edgy and worthy of an R rating.