Festivus preparations prevented this post from a prompt posting; please accept my sincere apologies! We have more movies this week. Let’s get into it.
Hostiles stars Christian Bale as an American soldier who must escort a Cheyenne war chief, and his family, across the West to his home in 1892. I’ve been staring at the subway posters for a long time and I don’t know what I think about any of this, but mostly I don’t feel good. I suppose Bale’s terrible soldier will learn to respect the noble Cheyenne by the end of the film, but the family will die.
Tiger Zinda Hai is an Indian thriller. It is the sequel to Ek Tha Tiger and tells the story of the 2014 ISIL abduction of 46 nurses.
Pitch Perfect 3 is the third installment of the Pitch Perfect series. Reviews are not good. The Bellas agree to perform one last time, for the USO. (Wasn’t the whole thing in Pitch Perfect 2 that the Bellas won singing an original song?)
The Post stars Meryl Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Grahame and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee as they race against the New York Times to publish reports about the Pentagon Papers.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is a loose sequel to 1995 film Jumanji film, which was very loosely based on the 1981 children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. (His sequel, Zathura, was adapted in 2005.) Nick Jonas, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Kevin Hart star as the avatars of a few teens who are sucked into an old video game (it morphs from the board game) and must finish the game to get out.
All the Money in the World is that film they edited to take out Kevin Spacey. The thriller stars Mark Wahlberg as a man hired to get J. Paul Getty to pay the ransom of John Paul Getty III. Directed by Ridley Scott, the film also stars Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer.
Happy End is an Austrian drama from Michael Haenke, so buckle up, girlfriend: octogenarian rich man with dimentia and a crumbling family, which includes a young girl poisoning her mother.
Crooked House stars Max Irons, Terence Stamp, Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, and Christina Hendricks. A woman is hired to investigate a murder in this Agatha Christie adaptation.
Hangman stars Al Pacino as a detective trying to catch a serial killer.
Father Figures stars Ed Helms and Owen Wilson as brothers looking for their father in this biological family. Good if you have the sense of humor of a 14-year-old boy but want your comedy R-rated.
Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds is a South Korean fantasy drama about a firefighter who proves to have lived a pure and innocent life and is allowed to return to life following 49 trials. The film is breaking records overseas and seems awesome.
Releasing Monday, for Christmas:
Molly’s Game stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, a woman who runs high stakes poker games (for the Pussy Posse and Ben Affleck, of course) and becomes a target of the FBI. This film is directed by Aaron Sorkin.
Phantom Thread stars Daniel Day-Lewis in his last role as a tailor obsessed with the details of his life. This 1950s period drama is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.