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Getting ready for the Oscars? Coast theaters will show this year’s top movies

This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Woody Harrelson, left, and Frances McDormand in a scene from ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’
This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Woody Harrelson, left, and Frances McDormand in a scene from ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’ AP

Sunday’s Golden Globes Awards Show gave audiences a glimpse at some of the year’s top motion pictures and television offerings. Several of the top film category winners, however, had yet to open in Coast Theaters.

The wait is over on Friday, though, when a couple of the year’s biggest films, “The Post” and “The Disaster Artist,” will open — and a couple of the year’s other biggest films, “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” will return to Coast theaters.

Golden Globe winners also frequently portend which actors and films will garner Oscar Nominations that will be announced Jan. 23 this year.

Here’s a look at some of the year’s top films that will be showing at Coast theaters starting Friday.

‘The Post’

Golden Globe nominated and AFI Movie of the Year winner “The Post,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Bob Odenkirk, opens Friday at Gulfport’s Cinemark theater.

‘The Disaster Artist’

“The Disaster Artist,” directed by, and starring, James Franco, who won a Golden Globe Sunday for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, opens at The Grand in D’Iberville.

‘Lady Bird’

“Lady Bird,” which won two Golden Globes on Sunday — Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy; and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy (Saoirse Ronan) — returns to Gulport’s Cinemark Theater on Friday.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will return to Gulfport’s Cinemark theater on Friday. The film picked up four Gold Globes on Sunday, including Best Motion Picture — Drama; Best Screenplay (Martin McDonagh); Best Performance by and Actress (Frances McDormand); Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Sam Rockwell); and Best Original Score (Carter Burwell).

‘Darkest Hour’

Gary Oldman earned a Best Performance by an Actor Golden Globe on Sunday for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” which is continues its run Friday at Cinemark and The Grand.

Also opening at new this Friday at Coast Theaters are “The Commuter,” starring Liam Neeson; “Paddington 2”; and “Proud Mary.”

Still no word on when, or if, some of the year’s other most talked-about films — “I, Tonya” and “The Shape of Water” — will come to Coast theaters.

See below for film synopses, star ratings and a list of all movies that will be showing at Coast Theaters starting Friday.

Reviews from wire and online sources. Showing at these theaters:

C — Cinemark

G — Grand 18

(Stars based on a four-star scale)

New arrivals

The Commuter

A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson. PG-13 (C)

The Disaster Artist1/2

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true. Directed by and stars James Franco (Golden Globe winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy). Also stars Dave Franco and Ari Graynor. R (G)

Paddington 2

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen. Voiced by Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville. PG (C)

The Post

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalists and government. This AFI Awards Movie of the Year winner is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson and Bob Odenkirk. PG-13 (C)

Proud Mary

No review available

Mary (Taraji P. Henson) is a hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Mary’s life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes awry. Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Neal McDonough and Danny Glover. R (C)

Returning

All the Money in the World

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, Charlie Plummer. R (C, G)

Coco

Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, despite his family’s ban on music. His quest takes him to the Land of the Dead where he meets Hector, and together, they set off on an journey to unlock the story behind Miguel’s family history. PG (C, G)

Darkest Hour1/2

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas. PG-13 (C, G)

Downsizing 1/2 star

A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. Stars: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hon Chau. R (G)

Ferdinand

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on this ultimate animated adventure voiced by John Cena, Kate McKinnon and Bobby Cannavale. PG (C, G)

The Greatest Showman1/2

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron. PG (C, G)

Insidious: The Last Key

Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet — in her own family home. Stars Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannel and Angus Sampson. PG-13 (C, G)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose. PG-13 (C, G)

Lady Bird

Christina “Lady Bird” MacPherson is a high school senior from the “wrong side of the tracks.” This movie follows her through her senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college. R (C)

Molly’s Game

No review available

The true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target. Also stars Idris Elba and Kevin Costner. R (C, G)

Pitch Perfect 31/2

Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices. Stars: Ruby Rose, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow. PG-13 (C, G)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi1/2

Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past. Stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Mark Hamill. PG-13 (C, G)

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri1/2

This darkly comic drama is about a mother who places three billboards leading into her town with a controversial message directed at the town's chief of police (Woody Harrelson), after months have passed without an arrest in her daughter's murder case. R (C)

Wonder

Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the inspiring story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic and Julia Roberts. PG (G)

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