I am posting this from Manhattan, where I have briefly roused myself from my food coma after last night’s magnificent dinner at The Dutch. Every family has its holiday traditions, and ours is to eat turkey made by a dear friend in SoHo. It is a good tradition.
Aaanyway. It’s Friday, movies are opening, here you go.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story: She dazzled Hollywood and helped invent WiFi. Talk about a life well lived. No room for a review, but you should absolutely check this out while it’s at the Hot Docs Cinema this weekend.
The Breadwinner: Nora Twomey’s animated drama — produced by Angelina Jolie and based on a novel by Deborah Ellis — has been accruing raves since TIFF. Rad loved it then, and loves it still.
Last Flag Flying: Richard Linklater, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell revisit The Last Detail, sort of. It’s an interesting experiment that never quite manages to become its own thing.
The Man Who Invented Christmas: Did you know Charles Dickens wrote his classic tale of Yuletide redemption in a kind of fugue state, interacting with the characters and generally being twinkly? Me neither, but that’s how you get Dan Stevens’ Dickens and Christopher Plummer’s Scrooge in the same frame. Rad was not enchanted.
You’re Soaking in It: Scott Harper’s look at the history of mass-media advertising — and its insidious future — is a little on the superficial side. But hey, it’s short. Just like advertising!
Okay, you’re set. Go see Coco. I have to lie down again.