The holidays are always a busy time at the box office. Whether it’s big-budget blockbusters trying to capitalize on audiences having time off or awards contenders barely squeaking by the deadline, there are plenty of options to check out. Here are some of our favorite new releases from this holiday season to save you from going to see “Cats.”
Despite being overwhelmed by two films worth of exposition and plot condensed into one, “The Rise of Skywalker” provides enough satisfying moments to pass as an acceptable finale to the Skywalker Saga. It’s sure to be controversial, revealing rewritten answers to some of the franchise’s biggest questions, and perhaps raising more than it answers – but there’s enough fan service and nostalgia inside to make it work, as long as you don’t think too hard about what actually happens.
The biggest problem facing “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” comes when Hanks is offscreen. During his limited time, he’s absolutely magnetic, but without him, things tend to drag.
When it comes to carrying on the tale of Anna and Elsa, “Frozen II” is fine, however, it does so in a way that’s devoid of any of the heart or purpose that made audiences fall for the story in the first place.
James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari” is a proper adult drama set at 200 miles per hour.
As simplistic and predictable as “Last Christmas” may be, it still gets the job done once you admit you’re ready to feel all warm and fuzzy and embrace the holiday season.
While it doesn’t channel the same horrors as its predecessor once did, “Doctor Sleep” provides an intriguing exploration of the lore and mythology at the heart of the series.
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” plays out very much like the painting of a masterpiece. It takes its time, slowly sketching out the skeleton. Its movements are careful and tender. Eventually, the details are filled in, and all of the elements come together to create something greater than the sum of its parts.
After 10 years of waiting, the highly anticipated Zombieland sequel finally arrived, and it’s certainly worth the wait. “Double Tap” is a smart, entertaining adventure that perfectly realigns itself with the world fans have dreamed of returning to for years.
Taiki Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” took home TIFF’s Audience Award, and the Inside The Film Room staff got the chance to check out the World War II fantasy satire at Film Fest 919.
With a masterpiece like “Marriage Story,” Netflix looks poised to win big at the Oscars this year.
“Parasite” has been hailed as not only the best film of the year, but one of the best films of the decade. The hype is rightfully earned.
Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” is already being praised as a major awards contender, and the Inside The Film Room staff is here to let you know if the hype is real.
“Waves” is the latest hit from A24, and the Inside The Film Room staff got an early look at the film at Film Fest 919.
Inside The Film Room today launched its new Star Wars-focused podcast series, “Far, Far Away.”
Todd Phillips’ “Joker” opened this weekend, and the Inside The Film Room staff is here to give you their rapid reactions to Joaquin Phoenix’s take on the Clown Prince of Crime.