The Shape of Water (2017)
Guillermo del Toro’s made-in-Toronto love story about a mute cleaner and a captive sea creature is set against the backdrop of Cold War America. The gorgeous underwater effects from del Toro will lose their pop on a small airline screen but if this is your only chance to catch this lovely film, go for it. Sally Hawkins is captivating as the isolated Elisa, whose shyness is no match for her daring when she encounters a sea creature destined for military experiments. This unusual love story will touch the heart and also make you think.
Baby Driver (2017)
This flick is super cool, with a killer soundtrack. What more could you want? For director Edgar Wright, who grew up with Grand Theft Auto, Baby Driver feeds the fantasy of being in the middle of a high-speed chase. Except this is real. No computer tricks — real cars with real drivers, including Ansel Elgort as the title character, getaway driver Baby. Read my interview with Jon Hamm here. He’s full-on manic and fantastic as a drug-addled gangster in this film from the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. If you have noise-cancelling headphones on this flight, plug in and really ride the tunes.
Great Great Great (2017)
Circling 30, Lauren (solidly played by co-writer Sarah Kolasky) worries she’s dully accepting an uninspired existence with nice-guy boyfriend Tom (Dan Beirne) when she should be living a never-settle life in this Canadian indie. He’s an unemployed civic planner who spends his time building LEGO in their living room. So she may have a point.
As Lauren obsesses over whether there’s something better out there, she falls into a hot affair with her older boss, David (Richard Clarkin), the same guy she made a mistake with years before but she’s not into anything permanent. Angry that her parents won’t work at saving their relationship, Lauren fails to see the disconnect when doesn’t have the will to do the same in her own.
It makes us curious to about the whys of her impulsive choices but Kolasky and co-writer Adam Garnet Jones (Fire Song), who also directs, don’t get us deeper. Still, talented Kolasky is an actor to watch.