’Tis the season to cozy up with the bucket of popcorn and a great film. Richard joins “The Marilyn Denis Show,” Canada’s number one rated mid-morning show to talk about the must-see holiday movie releases.
Watch the whole thing HERE!
The Favourite: December 7
To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, if you want to test a person’s character, give them power. That maxim is fully on display in “The Favourite,” an Oscar hopeful starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, as two women vie for the attention of Anne, Queen of Great Britain.
Vox Lux: December 14
In the psychological thriller Black Swan Natalie Portman played Nina, a “beautiful, fearful and fragile” ballerina who dreamt of dancing the lead in Swan Lake. She won an Academy Award for her work in that film and hopes lightening strikes twice with the release of Vox Lux, a musical drama about a drug addled pop star whose fame is built around a trauma suffered as a teen. The Hollywood reporter said her raw performance could “buy it a ticket into the Oscar race.”
Welcome to Marwen: December 21
Steve Carell stars as Mark Hogancamp, a real-life artist who suffered brain damage after being assaulted by five men in 2000. With little memory of his life, he reinvents himself in dioramas as a World War II hero backed by a cadre of female commandos.
Destroyer: December 25
Kidman plays Erin Bell, a police detective ground down by years on the job, booze and the haunting memory of a case going wrong.
The last time Nicole Kidman slathered her face in heavy theatrical make-up she won an Academy Award. To play Virginia Woolf in The Hours she wore a fake nose to look more like the novelist. The second time could be a charm. In her new film Destroyer she once again dons a layer of greasepaint to play a troubled detective embroiled in a life-or-death case. Despite the time intensive process—it took three hours to do her make-up for The Hours—Kidman says she liked it. “I did enjoy being anonymous,” she said. “It was fun to be able to go out of my trailer and not have anyone know me.”
If Beale Street Could Talk: December 25
A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.
Based on a well-loved James Baldwin novel, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is a story of love in the face of injustice. Director Barry Jenkins, in his follow-up to the Oscar winning “Moonlight,” has crafted a stately film that takes us inside the relationship at the heart of the story and the heartlessness that threatens to rip it apart.