Movie Minute: 3 under-the-radar films to consider this weekend

November 30, 2017 GMT

Movie Minute: 3 under-the-radar films to consider this weekend

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- From “Justice League” to “Coco,” “Wonder” to “Thor: Ragnarok,” there is no shortage of big, Hollywood blockbusters at the cineplex these days.

The onslaught of major, event-type releases means you probably missed some of the under-the-radar films that are also playing.

For example, if you liked “Murder on the Orient Express,” perhaps you’ll enjoy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” a black comedy drama about a mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter. If legal dramas like “Marshall” are more your style, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” starring Denzel Washington should fit the bill.

And if the kiddies already saw “Coco” and are in the mood for a Christmas movie, “The Star” retells the story of the nativity through the eyes of the animals in the barn at the time of Jesus’ birth.

Check out clips of all three films in the video, above, and read more about them, below.


Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges

Director: Martin McDonagh

Rated: R

Rotten Tomatoes: 94 percent

Google synopsis: After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon -- an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence -- gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated.

Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ is an enthralling character study in loss


Starring: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo

Director: Dan Gilroy

Rated: PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes: 51%

Google synopsis: Roman J. Israel, Esq. is set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when his mentor, a civil rights icon, dies. When he is recruited to join a firm led by one of the legendary man’s former students – the ambitious lawyer George Pierce (Colin Farrell) – and begins a friendship with a young champion of equal rights (Carmen Ejogo), a turbulent series of events ensue that will put the activism that has defined Roman’s career to the test.


Starring (voices): Steven Yuen, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Kelly Clarkson, Keegan-Michael Key, Anthony Anderson, Aidy Bryant, Patricia Heaton, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey

Director: Timothy Reckart

Rated: PG

Google synopsis: In Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas.