Who doesn’t love a good blockbuster? Big budgets, thrilling action, and entertaining set pieces will continue to drive audiences to the movies, and for good reason. However, cinema art can also provide us with great moments that capture our curiosity and spark our imagination. In fact, some of the most critically acclaimed movies of all-time, and many Academy Award® winners, could be labeled as “cinema art.”
So, what is “cinema art?” Frequently produced and distributed outside the major studio system on a relatively small budget, cinema art movies typically handle serious matters in an artistic and often experimental way, geared towards more of a niche market rather than for a mass audience. In an artform where social realism takes precedence, on-location filming is favored over studio sets and sometimes amateur actors are even used.
Stretching back to the origin of movies, the genre has provided some of the most recognizable and talented filmmakers in cinema who have put their uncompromising visions onto the screen with a unique flare and style that is all their own. Foreign language movies are also included in this genre, recognizable by many of the same features with the addition of subtitles, although rarely referred to as “cinema art” in their respective countries. Instead, they are more commonly known as “auteur” or “national” cinema, the former originally coined in France to distinguish filmmakers of the French New Wave (a movement and form of European cinema art from the 1950s and 1960s).
Below are a couple cinema art movies to keep an eye on this week as they debut in select Regal theatres nationwide:
Based on a true story, Bombshell presents a revealing look inside a powerful and controversial media empire and the explosive story of a group of women who take down the man who created it.
Writer Charles Randolph and director Jay Roach are no strangers to true-life stories of political and social intrigue. Randolph, along with Adam McKay, won an Academy Award® for penning the screenplay of The Big Short (2015) while Roach is the winner of four Emmy® awards for directing historical television dramas Recount (2008) and Game Change (2012).
Bombshell boasts a star-studded cast that undergo amazing transformations to play the real-life individuals of Fox News, upon whom the movie is based. Academy Award® winners Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman portray former Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, respectively, while Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow takes the role of Fox News founding CEO, Roger Ailes. Academy Award® nominee Margot Robbie stars as a composite character who is based on more than one individual from the real-life story.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Runtime: 2hr 15min
Starring: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, LaKeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, The Weeknd
Directed By: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Written By: Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Always searching for the next big score, charismatic New York City jeweler Howard Ratner makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Now forced to perform a precarious high-wire act, Howard must balance business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.
Critically acclaimed filmmakers Benny and Josh Safdie return with their fourth feature-length movie, Uncut Gems, an electrifying crime-thriller starring Adam Sandler. The comedy legend steps out of his comfort zone with his portrayal of jeweler Howard Ratner, a man who makes one bad decision after another. The Safdie Brothers, meanwhile, continue their gritty visual and thematic aesthetics following their recent crime-dramas Heaven Knows What (2014) and Good Time (2017). Uncut Gems premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in August before screening at the Toronto International Film Festival a month later, receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike.