January is starting off true to form as a good movie month in Waco, when critically praised films that opened in larger cities trickle down to Waco-sized markets.

While "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" continues to dominate the box office and multiplexes around the world, smaller, but fine movies are sneaking in under the radar.

Last week, "Darkest Hour" opened in Waco, with Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill during the Dunkirk evacuation crisis. This week, it's "Molly's Game" with Jessica Chastain as high-stakes poker game runner Molly Bloom, directed by Aaron Sorkin.

Those who missed "The Disaster Artist" can catch the rebound as it's back at AMC Classic Galaxy 16 and Regal Jewel 16 again while Regal Jewel 16 will screen the truly bad "The Room," the film that "The Disaster Artist" is about, on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Regal Jewel 16 also will show two other rebounders beginning this week, "Three Billboards Near Ebbing, Missouri" and "Lady Bird."

The Waco Hippodrome gets into the picture with some smaller, Oscar-caliber films over the next few weeks in its Oscarfest. "The Florida Project" will run Jan. 11-17, followed by "Three Billboards Near Ebbing, Missouri" Jan. 12-18 and "Lady Bird" Jan. 18-22.

Tribune-Herald entertainment editor