It;s been a weird couple of weeks. Usually, the week after Christmas sees a huge drop off in the number and quality of new releases. This lull typically lasts until sometime in mid-February when things slowly start to pick up again. But this year thus far we’ve seen a pretty good collection of stuff coming out in this normally dry period. This week is pretty weak in terms of overall numbers, but there’s still some interesting selections to choose from. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, it's just weird.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer, reviewed by Matt St. Clair, is from Yorgos Lanthimos, the guy who also directed The Lobster and Dogtooth, all deeply personal, idiosyncratic, often metaphorical films that have divided critics and audiences alike. I’ve not seen any of those films but they’ve been on my radar for awhile.
Deer stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell as a married couple who seem to have everything but their lives begin to crumble when a boy they’ve taken under their wing begins to behave in sinister ways. It's a film that had garnered a lot of buzz from those who love it and some equally harsh criticism from those who don’t. It seems like the perfect sort of film to take enduring this winter lull before the spring season sets in.
Also out this week that looks interesting:
Geostorm: Some times you just want to watch something big and dumb and full of the latest special effects. Geostorm seems to fit that bill just fine, though I suspect it will lose some of its affect on the small screen.
Goodbye Christopher Robin: Dohmnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie star in this biopic of A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh.
Jigsaw: I gave up on the Saw franchise after the third one, but I guess some people like it. This one has someone committing murders just like Jigsaw did, but since he was supposed to have died a decade ago, the cops are confused. Honestly, I doubt anyone cares about the plot at this point. I hope it gives some interesting traps.