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Director: Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart)
Starring: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam ShepardThe Story: After the murder of his brother, a steelworker sets out for revenge. The Lowdown: A generally humorless piece of awards-bait that — despite a pulpy foundation — is just too self-serious to be entertaining.
Genre: Christmas Fantasy
Director: Brian Desmond-Hurst
Starring: Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael HordernIn Brief: The definitive Ebeneezer Scrooge — Alastair Sim — in the definitive film version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is this year's Christmas film from the Asheville Film Society. Really, what else needs to be said about this film? If you've never seen it, you're missing a big slice of Christmas.
Director: Nicolas Roeg (Don't Look Now)
Starring: Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel, Denholm Elliott, Daniel Massey, Dana Gillespie, William HootkinsIn Brief: Brilliant filmmaking turns a fairly simple and utterly tawdry story into something approaching masterpiece status. Essentially, Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession (1980) is the story of a "romance" that never should have happened between two people (played by Art Garfunkel and Theresa Russell) who never should have met. Nicolas Roeg — in his usual manner — presents the story as a nonlinear jigsaw puzzle of a movie where we can never be entirely sure when — or even if — we're seeing the truth. It's fairly unpleasant, but it's compelling.
Genre: Science Fiction Satire
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jim Brown, Tom JonesIn Brief: Back in the waning years of the 20th century, Tim Burton decided to make a movie based on (of all things) a somewhat notorious series of trading cards from 1962 called Mars Attacks! That idea seemed screwy enough, but it got screwier when Burton hired what remains his biggest-name cast and then proceeded to make a deliberately cheesy parody of 1950s sci-fi movies — complete with special effects that were meant to look cartoonish and hokey. The whole thing was intended to be a loving parody (or maybe satire), but audiences — and a lot of critics — didn't seem to get it or want it. The intervening years, however, have been kind to Mars Attacks! and while it may never be considered prime Burton, it's certainly no longer considered the misfire it was.
Director: Jacques Tourneur (Night of the Demon)
Starring: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Jack HoltIn Brief: The first and in some ways the best (certainly it made the most money) of the famous nine-movie series made by producer Val Lewton at RKO in the 1940s, Cat People (1942) offered audiences something a little different in that it suggested its horrors more than it depicted them. (Ironically, it also introduced a new kind of shock effect — one still in use today.) The story of a young Serbian immigrant (Simone Simon) who believes she will turn into a cat (specifically, a panther) should her husband (Kent Smith) make love to her, wasn't quite like any horror movie before — nor was the film's psychological approach. The style of the film would soon become its own formula — just as predictable as those it was trying to supplant — but here, it's fresh and effective.
Genre: Animated Fantasy
Director: Chris Buck (Surf's Up), Jennifer Lee
Starring: (Voices) Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan TudykThe Story: A newly crowned queen — with the ability to freeze things — plunges her country into perpetual winter. The Lowdown: It's certainly dazzling to look at, but apart from the presence of two female leads and no real male hero, it's pretty standard Disney fare, decked out in a largely forgettable, but occasionally irritating, songs. Not a bad movie, but far from a great one.
Director: Gary Fleder (Don’t Say a Word)
Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela VidovicThe Story: A former Drug Enforcement Administration agent gets on the wrong side of a small-time meth dealer. The Lowdown: An unfortunately straight-faced actioner that never embraces its own inherent trashiness.
Director: Joseph Levy
Starring: Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, Cindy Breitback, Mike Breitbach, Thomas Keller, Francisco Martinez. Gabby MartinezThe Story: A look at three different restaurants of wildly different kinds. The Lowdown: Entertaining documentary that never quite manages to tie its three stories together. Definitely worth a look — especially if you need a break from the awards-season onslaught.
Genre: Holiday Musical
Director: Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me)
Starring: Jacob Latimore, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese GibsonThe Story: A frustrated teen is sent to Harlem for Christmas to stay with his estranged grandparents. The Lowdown: Despite a good heart and a respectful nature, the film lacks visual flare, has no memorable songs and relies too much on contrivances and melodrama.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Director: Richard Curtis (About Time)
Starring: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Alan RickmanIn Brief: Writer Richard Curtis' first film as a director is easily the best-loved of the three he's made. In terms of story lines, it's the most complex. In terms of pure, unadulterated joy, it is without equal from just about any filmmaker. Looking back on it after 10 years, Love Actually (2003) is also the only true Christmas holiday classic that this century has produced. It is an impeccable film with a flawless cast who are all at their best. Plus, it's the movie that introduced a lot of American viewers to Bill Nighy — and for that alone, we should be eternally grateful.
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