Let’s see… a week with Christian Bale in a Terminator film, a whimsical comedy with indie heart-throb Michael Cera and a mockumentary with babealicious Eva Mendes… and the pick of the week is a heart-warming family Christmas flick from FRANCE?!!
Yep, nothing else impresses as much as the ageless Catherine Deneuve in the wonderfully written comic drama A Christmas Tale, about a dysfunctional family’s holiday reunion. It proves that formulaic films in well-tread territory need not be poor.
Terminator Salvation – Average Tier 4.40
After Skynet has destroyed much of humanity in a nuclear holocaust, a group of survivors led by John Connor struggles to keep the machines from finishing the job. Terminator Salvation @ Amazon
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – Average Tier 3.67
Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institute in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian @ Amazon
A Christmas Tale – Average Tier 7.08
The Vuillard’s shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self harm, and loss doesn’t lead itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. But can a Christmastime reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, finally bring peace their clan? A Christmas Tale @ Amazon
Paper Heart – Average Tier 5.23
Charlyne Yi does not believe in love. Or so she says. Well, at the very least, she doesn’t believe in fairy-tale love or the Hollywood mythology of love, and her own experiences have turned her into yet another modern-day skeptic. PAPER HEART follows Charlyne as she embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn’t fully understand… Paper Heart @ Amazon