Sent From a Turkey Coma

The big studio pictures opened earlier in the week to get a jump on Thanksgiving, but there are still some smaller titles opening today. Let’s take a couple of minutes to think about them as I digest what was surely the greatest meal of my week.

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young: The infamous, famously complicated Tennessee marathon is celebrated perhaps a little too enthusiastically in this Hot Docs selection, now opening commercially. Susan is unimpressed.

James White: Josh Mond’s lo-fi indie stars Christopher Abbott as a young man forced to confront his own irresponsibility when his mother (Cynthia Nixon) gets sick. Glenn was riveted.

Requiem for the American Dream: In which Noam Chomsky explains at length how Western society is being undermined by the super-rich financial sector, and Susan can’t argue with his points.

Trumbo: Bryan Cranston leads a terrific cast as the vainglorious screenwriter who engineered a way around the blacklist in Jay Roach’s Hollywood docudrama. But the movie’s a little safer than its star.

There, you’re good to go. And if you’ll excuse me, I have Black Friday crowds to avoid …

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