December movies are usually relegated to holiday themed films (especially if they are on Netflix) or Oscar awards level type of narratives. But if you’re looking for an escapist horror feature, Black Christmas may do the trick.
Since its part of the Blumhouse Productions roster, Black Christmas has a shot of making a lasting impression,. A remake of the 1974 slasher flick, Black Christmas centers on a black-masked stalker who is killing sorority women at Hawthorne college. Directed by Sophia Takai (Always Shine), the feature is headlined by Imogen Poots (Green Room) as the sorority sister who suspects that this killer may actually be a series of murderers. Rounding out the ensemble are Lily Donoghue (Jane the Virgin), Aleyse Shannon (Charmed) and Brittany O’ Grady (The Messengers), and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride). Black Christmas opens nationwide December 13.
Other films discussed in the latest episode of CinemAddicts include Seberg and Uncut Gems. Take a listen below!
The Irishmancenters on the life of hit man Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a member of the Bufalino crime family who also became a close friend of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). Directed by Martin Scorsese, the feature is a shoo-in for a slew of Oscars this season, and even with his recent comments on comic book movies, this may be Scorsese’s year. Now playing in select theaters, The Irishman is set for a November 27th debut on Netflix.
Another film we highly recommend on is Danger Close, the true story of 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers who engaged in The Battle of Long Tan. The Vietnam War feature, starring Luke Bracey, Travis Fimmel, and Daniel Webber, is ably directed by filmmaker Kriv Stenders. Danger Close is now playing in theaters and is also available on Digital and On Demand.
The Current War: Director’s Cutcenters on the race to gain a monopoly on the electricity business, a battle waged between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon). Tom Holland co-stars as future business magnate Samuel Insull and Nicholas Hoult rounds out the ensemble as Nikola Tesla.
There was a battle behind the scenes of The Current War: Director’s Cut as well, as filmmaker Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s feature debuted two years ago at the Toronto Film Festival and received mixed reviews. That version featured a heavy editing hand from Harvey Weinstein, but since then the film is being released by 101 Studios and Gomez-Rejon has added five new scenes to the film and has supposedly given the film a faster pace.
One reason Gomez-Rejon’s cut may be worth a look is that his previous film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a highly underrated film, and one would assume The Current War: Director’s Cut will have its share of highlights. Other films spotlighted on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Cyrano, My Love and Frankie, a feature headlined by Isabelle Huppert. Take a listen to the episode below:
The Current War: Director’s Cut hits theaters October 25.
Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin (Disconnect, Murderball), Semper Ficenters on Cal (Jai Courtney), a police officer and Marine Corps reservist who is the de facto leader of his group of friends (Beau Knapp, Finn Wittrock, Arturo Castro). When Cal’s younger brother Oyster (Nat Wolff) is sent to jail after a tragic bar fight, Cal hatches a plan to break his sibling out of prison.
Semper Fi’s strength lies in the palpable chemistry among the men, as brotherhood and sacrifice are the concepts explored in the feature by Rubin and co-writer Sean Mullin. Courtney delivers one of his strongest performances to date (he also starred as a soldier in 2015’s Man Down), and it’s a drama that, in my opinion, is worth a look.
Also covered on our latest CinemAddicts podcast is The Dead Center, a horror thriller starring Shane Carruth that comes out October 11 and Joker.
If you’re interested in seeing Laurence Fishburne and Nicolas Cage tempt their respective fate on the side of a cliff, then Running with the Devil is definitely recommended.
The plot centers on The Cook (Cage), a man who owns a Seattle restaurant but makes most of his money being the right hand of a drug lord named The Boss (Barry Pepper). Fishburne plays The Man, a drug trafficker who unfortunately is way too high on his supply and Leslie Bibb is the DEA agent determined to track them down.
Written and directed by Jason Cabell, Running with the Devil follows a drug shipment from Colombia all the way through the Canadian border, and the feature is reminiscent in tone to such films as Traffic and No Country for Old Men. It’s a solid effort by Cabell, and the story is filled with enough action and double crosses to make it a worthwhile watch.
Other films covered on the show include Villains and Corporate Animals. Take a listen below!
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts, we spotlight writer/director Justin Chon’s evocative second feature Ms. Purple. Set in Koreatown, which is an often overlooked yet substantial section of Los Angeles, the story centers on Kasie (Tiffany Chu) a young woman who is caring for her dying father (James Kang).
Kasie makes money working as a paid hostess at karaoke bars, and when her father’s caregiver abruptly quits, she’s forced to depend on her irresponsible brother Carey (Teddy Lee) to help carry the load.
Justin Chon continues his partnership with Gookcinematographer Ante Cheng, and credit goes to both artists for delivering a slice of Los Angeles life that is rarely portrayed on the silver screen. The feature is currently playing in Los Angeles and it hits New York on September 13 (a wider release on September 20th is also scheduled).
CinemAddicts co-host Anderson Cowan’s debut feature Groupers (also shot in Los Angeles) is also premiering this month for an exclusive Los Angeles run at the Laemmle on September 27. Cowan discusses Groupers to open the the episode, and along with Ms. Purple I also reviewed the excellent film Monos which opens in select theaters this Friday. Take a listen to the latest episode of CinemAddicts below!