The New Year, Unfussed

The first release weekend of 2018 is given over to platform releases and the customary Sony horror sequel dump. So, business as usual.

Insidious: The Last Key: Will the fourth in Leigh Whannell’s ersatz Poltergeist franchise be better than 2017’s Underworld installment? Honestly, how can it not be? UPDATE: Well, funny story.

No Stone Unturned: Alex Gibney’s latest investigates the 1994 Loughinisland massacre, when six men were murdered in a pub and no one in Northern Ireland saw a thing.

Phantom Thread: Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest — featuring a borderline self-parodic turn from Daniel Day-Lewis as a fussy fashion designer — feels like a swirl of half-developed notions in search of a final form, which I do not think is the intention. That said, Rad liked it way more than I did.

The Post: Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Spotlight co-writer Josh Singer marshal their considerable talents for a docudrama about the Washington Post’s face-off with the Nixon administration over the publication of Pentagon Papers. I don’t think it’s especially great — Spielberg seems so determined not to replicate All the President’s Men that he winds up boiling out all the tension and style inherent in the story — but Susan hated it.

Eh, I dunno. Maybe stay home this weekend. It’s cold.

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