In just three years, Bleecker Street has established itself as a distributor of Oscar fare, including last year’s “Captain Fantastic” which reaped a Best Actor bid for Viggo Mortensen. This year, it has four strong contenders including “Logan Lucky,” the first film in five years by Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”). This caper flick focuses on a trio of siblings, played by Channing Tatum, Riley Keough and Adam Driver, who plan an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend.
Conversely, “Breathe” marks the directorial debut of motion-capture superstar Andy Serkis. His film tells the moving true story of Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy) who work together to overcome his adult-onset polio with the support of her twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the help of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville).
Below, detailed listings of each of these Oscar contenders, including release dates, creative types, cast lists, running times, plot summaries, and receptions both critical and commercial.
“Breathe” (Bleecker Street/Participant Media) – Oct. 13
Director: Andy Serkis
Writer: William Nicholson
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander, Hugh Bonneville, Dean-Charles Chapman
Summary: Based on the true story of Robin (Garfield), a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.
“Logan Lucky” (Fingerprint Releasing/Bleecker Street) – Aug. 18
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Rebecca Blunt
Cast: Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Katherine Waterston, Riley Keough, Sebastian Stan, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane.
Summary: Steven Soderbergh’s return to the big screen centers on a trio of siblings who attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.
“The Lost City of Z ” (Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street) – April 14
Director: James Gray
Writer: James Gray (based on the book by David Grann)
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller
Running Time: 141 minutes
Summary: James Gray directs this true-life drama centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.
Reception: Rotten Tomatoes – 88; MetaCritic – 78
Box Office: US – $8.5 million; Rest of World – $8.5 million (as of July 20, 2017)
“The Man Who Invented Christmas” (Bleecker Street) – Nov. 3
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Writer: Susan Coyne (based on the book of the same name by Les Standiford)
Cast: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce
Summary: In 1843, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) had to self-publish his new book, “A Christmas Carol,” after his last three had failed. The film tells the story of the six weeks in which he brought to life Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and others, changing the holiday into the family event we know today.