"The Disaster Artist" and "The Shape of Water" among this week’s new releases
A24/Justina Mintz(LOS ANGELES) — Opening in limited release on Friday:
* The Disaster Artist — This dramedy, based on a true story, features Dave Franco as an aspiring actor who signs on to star in a project written, directed and financed by his buddy — played by brother James Franco. Initially a critical flop, the film becomes a cult classic. Also starring Seth Rogan, Alison Brie and Zac Efron. Rated R.
* The Shape of Water — Guillermo del Toro’s thriller stars Blue Jasmine‘s Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaning lady working in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1960s Baltimore. Her life changes when she and a co-worker — played by Octavia Spencer — discover the lab’s secret, classified experiment. Rated R.
* Wonder Wheel — Set on New York’s Coney Island in the 1950s, Woody Allen’s latest yarn stars Kate Winslet as the wife of a carousel operator — played by Jim Belushi — who pursues the same man as her husband’s estranged daughter — portrayed by Vinyl‘s Juno Temple — who is running from the mob Justin Timberlake also stars. Rated PG-13.
* Titanic — James Cameron’s Oscar-winning 1997 blockbuster — starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as an aristocrat and poor 17-year-old who fall in love while aboard the ill-fated ocean liner — celebrates its 20th anniversary with a one-week theatrical return. Rated PG-13.
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