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It happens every year: There’s a movie you’ve been looking for, probably an awards-season favorite, and the commercial you just saw on TV says it opens Friday.

A poster in your favorite theater says it opens on that same date. One of the movie’s stars was on a late-night talk show last night gabbing about his or her film and saying that it opens Friday.

And then it doesn’t open Friday … at least not in Tulsa, anyway.

‘Tis the season for platform releases, when Oscar-potential movies debut on a Friday, maybe in a couple of theaters in New York and a couple more in Los Angeles, and then a few more the following weekend, and so on, slowly expanding across the country to build anticipation.

At some point in that cycle, it opens in Tulsa, somewhere between one to four weeks after that NY/LA debut.

Here’s an update on when some of those movies are actually opening in Tulsa. As always with these releases, the dates can change, but these are dates currently confirmed for Tulsa theaters, and most of them have already been scheduled at Circle Cinema.

On Friday, “The Disaster Artist” opens at AMC Southroads 20 and maybe a couple of others. The film about the making of “The Room,” notoriously called the “Citizen Kane of bad movies,” stars James Franco as filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, and he’s a best-actor contender this year.

On Dec. 15, “Wonder Wheel” opens at Circle Cinema. It doesn’t have much awards buzz around it, but this Coney Island yesteryear tale is the new film from Woody Allen and stars Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, so you never know.

Two of this year’s Oscar favorites, “The Shape of Water” (a new adult fairy tale from “Pan’s Labyrinth” filmmaker Guillermo del Toro) and “Darkest Hour” (starring Gary Oldman in heavy makeup as Winston Churchill), open Dec. 22 at Circle Cinema, with more locations to come.

Circle Cinema has scheduled the following films for January, all with Oscar potential: “Molly’s Game” for Jan. 5 (Jessica Chastain in best-actress buzz); “I, Tonya” for Jan. 12 (Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding, big buzz for that performance); and on Jan. 19, “Call Me By Your Name” (in multiple categories) and “Phantom Thread” (perhaps the final acting performance for Daniel Day-Lewis).

I’m still waiting on news for a couple of films, especially “The Post” and “Hostiles,” so stay tuned.

New movies this week

“Just Getting Started,” Morgan Freeman, PG-13, and “The Disaster Artist,” James Franco, R

New at Circle Cinema

“All the Queen’s Horses,” documentary, NR


MovieRating (on 4 star scale)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri4 Stars
Blade Runner 20494 Stars
Coco3.5 Stars
Dunkirk3.5 Stars
Wonder3.5 Stars
Only the Brave3 Stars
Thor: Ragnarok3 Stars
Justice League3 Stars
Wind River3 Stars
American Made3 Stars
It2.5 Stars
Murder on the Orient Express2 Stars
The Florida Project2 Stars
Kingsman: The Golden Circle2 Stars
The Lego Ninjago Movie2 Stars

Sara Stephenson 918-581-8307

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