FIVE movies this week. You’d think there was some sort of holiday weekend or something. Assassin’s Creed continues the streak of bad video game adaptations. Sing is bright, colorful, predictable and little else. Why Him? is side-stitchingly hilarious. Passengers has some problems but more good than bad. Fences will win so many Oscars.
Soundtrack for this episode provided by George Michael.
This week marks the 70th anniversary of the release of Frank Capra’s Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. In a new (hopefully recurring) feature, we’re going to dive in to classic or important films and why we love them. It’s a Wonderful Life comes in at #20 of AFI’s greatest American films, and #1 on their “Most Inspiring” list. It’s a true holiday classic, but it is a weird film. Andy is joined by the redoubtable Brooke to break it down.
A very special episode. But no spoilers– we will save those for another time. A few minor plot points and character descriptions, but little more than what is in the trailer. It’s a war movie! But there’s a lot of Star Wars in that Star Wars movie. This is great. Go see it, minor problems aside.
One holiday movie, one Oscarbait ths week. Office Christmas Party throws a bunch of jokes and funny people together and hopes it works. It mostly does, and its saving grace is Kate McKinnon, but the plot sometimes gets in the way of the funny. Manchester by the Sea is going to make you depressed and wow you with amazing acting skills of Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. Get that Oscar!