It's a slow film weekend nationally, but not here in Omaha.
Alexander Payne's sixth feature-length film bows in Omaha. "Nebraska," a black-and-white dramedy that follows a father and son's trek from Montana to Nebraska to claim a lottery prize that may or may not exist, is the Omaha native's first since 2011's "The Descendants."
"Descendants" netted five Oscar nominations, including one to Payne for Best Director and another for Best Picture. "Nebraska's" also a likely awards contender; it was nominated earlier this year for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Nationally, "The Best Man Holiday" is your lone wide release. The pic's directed by Malcolm D. Lee of "Undercover Brother" fame (and "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins" shame). Terrence Howard, most recently in "The Butler" and "Prisoners," is the biggest name in an ensemble cast.
"Best Man Holiday" is projected to gross about $20.5 million stateside in its three-day frame.
Next weekend, of course, marks the release of "Hunger Games: Catching Fire." At $168 million, its projected three-day gross is the highest of any remaining film this year and in the range of "The Avengers'" record $207.4 million domestic open.
Let's watch some trailers. Follow this link to see a full list of Omaha-area showtimes.
IMDb description: An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.
Running time: 115 minutes
Director: Alexander Payne ("Citizen Ruth," "Election," "About Schmidt," "Sideways," "The Descendants")
Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%
Theater: Film Streams
The Best Man Holiday
IMDb: When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.
Director: Malcolm D. Lee ("The Best Man," "Undercover Brother," "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins," "Scary MoVie")
Cast: Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Regina Hall, Taye Diggs, Harold Perrineau
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Theaters: Aksarben, AMC Star Council Bluffs 17, AMC Oakview, AMC Westroads 14, Marcus 20 Grand, Marcus Midtown, Marcus Twin Creek, Marcus Village Pointe, Regal Omaha
Select showings Thursday evening, opens wide Friday
IMDb: During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
Running time: 113 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes: 9%
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel ("The Experiment," "Downfall," "The Invasion," "Five Minutes of Heaven")
Cast: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge
Theater: AMC Oakview
IMDb: While traveling abroad, a guy falls for a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in her violent, charismatic ex.
Running time: 108 minutes
Director: Fredrik Bond (feature-length directorial debut)
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Vincent D'Onofrio, Melissa Leo
Rotten Tomatoes: 30%
Available via video on demand Friday