Three men playing a late-night poker game are interrupted by the arrival of a man demanding the early bird special. The bar is closed, but the patron won’t leave, and the disagreement ends the only way it can, with a triple homicide. From the first moments of Sweet Virginia, the ominous, droning score of Brooke Blair and Will Blair—brothers of actor Macon Blair and collaborators with their mutual friend, director Jeremy Saulnier—set the tone for a white-knuckle thriller that never lets up on the tension and dread.
A Bad Moms Christmas
The first movie was a surprise success in 2016. The rushed-to-production sequel has not been as successful. Someone please do better by Kathryn Hahn.
Blade Runner 2049
A sequel to the sci-fi classic that looks gorgeous but may prove as polarizing as the original. Super into the combo of Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, though.
It’s September, which means it’s time for a weird mix of leftover summer fare and early Oscar bait.
The Weinstein Company has pulled this movie off the schedule so much I’m not convinced it’s actually going to come out this time, either.
Brigsby Bear is a piece of weirdo cinema that seems like the kind of fake movie you’d see as a film-within-a-film mocking Sundance. It’s precious bordering on twee, deeply nostalgic, possessed of a quirky synth score (courtesy David Wingo, frequent Jeff Nichols collaborator), and full of actors from the indie comedy scene. It’s practically a checklist of Sundance stereotypes—and it was, indeed, a big hit at this year’s Sundance. But Brigsby transcends its made-for-mockery foundation. It’s a little too sweet for the inherent darkness of its story, but Brigsby Bear is a sensitive and sincere portrait of loneliness and fandom.
Best known for writing the weird and frequently cut sketches on SNL, Kyle Mooney now moves up to feature film, with this movie about a sweet odd dude who learns a devastating truth and turns to a childhood show for comfort. More or less. Brigsby Bear is both more complex than the trailer makes it seem, and simpler. It is, though, a strong debut for Mooney as a features writer, even if the high concept doesn’t quite pan out.
A Ghost Story
Casey Affleck is a dead guy in a sheet, haunting his widow, played by Rooney Mara. This blew everyone away at Sundance, which doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but it does look weird and amazing.