New releases 12/24/19

Top Hits
Judy (bio-pic about Judy Garland, Renee Zellweger. Rotten Tomatoes: 83%. Metacritic: 66. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “In ‘Judy,’ Renée Zellweger plays a few variations on Garland near the end of her life: worried mother, needy lover, disaster, legend. The woman who remains out of sight, though, is the sadder, scarier Judy who threw a butcher knife at one of her children and threatened to jump out a window in front of another. Even so, Zellweger is solid in a movie that derives its force from its central mythic figure and your own Yellow Brick Road memories: the Hollywood supernova with the inner-child vaudevillian named Frances Ethel Gumm, a.k.a. Baby.” Read more…)

Ready or Not (horror, Samara Weaving. Rotten Tomatoes: 88%. Metacritic: 64. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “In horror movies, it’s hard to go wrong if you’re carving up rich people. Unless you’re screening in a white-collar prison, the audience is likely to be immediately on board — especially if the blade is wielded by a disadvantaged Joe or Jane. That’s certainly the case with Grace (a fantastic Samara Weaving) in ‘Ready or Not,’ a blood-drenched, joke-sprinkled harpooning of soul-sucking greed and inbred family values.” Read more…)

Adopt a Highway (drama, Ethan Hawke. Rotten Tomatoes: 67%. Metacritic: 53. From Ken Jaworowski’s New York Times review: “‘Adopt a Highway’ doesn’t struggle to say something profound, nor does it generate lots of drama. Instead, like a spare short story, this little indie nurtures a few simple emotions, then hopes its audience will stick around to share in them. I’m glad I did.” Read more…)

Adam (comedy, Nicholas Alexander. Rotten Tomatoes: 74%. Metacritic: 64. From Teo Bugbee’s New York Times review: “But as thoughtful as ‘Adam’ is in presenting a fluid read of gender, the movie’s sweetness curdles as its trans characters [and by extension, the trans actors who portray them] are called on to welcome Adam into a community that he willfully manipulates.” Read more…)

The Weekend (romantic comedy, Sasheer Zamata. Rotten Tomatoes: 85%.)

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