Oscar weekend usually means a quiet week at the megaplex, as everyone rushes out to catch up to that one last nominated title. But this year, a host of really strong movies roll into theatres … including one terrific Documentary Feature nominee that’s finally opening in town.
Dying Laughing: Dozens of stand-up comics from the US and UK sit down to spill their worst moments in this fascinating process documentary. If you’re into it, you’re into it.
Get Out: Jordan Peele’s fantastic feature debut is a cultural horror movie, and one of the very best of its kind in years. It’s also pretty damn satisfying as a straight-up horror movie, too. No spoilers in my review, but see it knowing as little as possible.
The Girl with All the Gifts: A young-adult horror novel [or maybe not, see comment below] becomes a very grown-up meditation on zombie movies, and one of the best surprises of last year’s Midnight Madness program. It’s also available on demand, but see it in a theater if you’re able.
I Am Not Your Negro: Raoul Peck’s Oscar contender spins a fragment of James Baldwin’s last work into a requiem for the author and for the lost potential of America. Susan liked it, with reservations; I liked it, period.
Shadows of Paradise: Sebastian Lange’s transcendental meditation documentary — screening three times over the weekend at the Hot Docs Cinema — is getting some traction because it features TM advocate David Lynch. So, okay.
A United Kingdom: Amma Asante follows Belle with another racially charged slice of British history — this time, about the romance of African noble Seretse Khama and English commoner Ruth Williams, whose marriage became a political issue in the years after World War II.
That’s everything! Keep an eye on my Twitter feed for details on any television appearances I might do in the coming days, and of course on Sunday night I’ll be covering the ceremony in real time. Whee.