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December 16, 2022

WIFF’S WEEKEND WATCH LIST — 12/16

The countdown is on! With only a couple of weeks left in 2022, it’s time to turn up the holiday spirit and spend some extra time with friends and family. Gather in front of the screen and watch one of our recommendations for this week!

IF YOU already miss the white lotus

emily the criminal

Vincent Georgie: Aubrey Plaza has been one of the most interesting and funny actresses to see emerge over the years, especially in the recently concluded season 2 of the hit anthology series “The White Lotus”. If you miss her addictive antics, check her out here in this riveting and highly engaging new film. 

Synopsis: Saddled with student debt and unable to find work, a college graduate becomes involved in a credit card scam, acting as a dummy shopper and buying increasingly risky products with stolen credit cards.

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Watch on Netflix.

if you want laughter for Hanukkah

eight crazy nights

Vincent Georgie: Adam Sandler delivered an instant classic in this delightful, raucous animated favourite. You can’t help but smile all the way through. 

Synopsis: Davey Stone, a 33-year-old party animal, finds himself in trouble with the law after his wild ways go too far. In keeping with the holiday spirit, the judge gives Davey one last chance at redemption — spend the holiday performing community service as the assistant referee for the youth basketball league or go to jail. Davey thinks he’s gotten off easy until he meets Whitey Duvall, the eccentric, elf-like head referee.

Watch on iTunes.

Watch on Amazon Prime.

Watch on YouTube.

if YOU WANT peace for all this holiday

merry christmas

Vincent Georgie: The story and drama are complex, but the solution is achingly sincere. A film that you are so happy to know is a true story. And it makes you wonder about how many other world issues could be resolved this way. 

Synopsis: With the advent of World War I, Europe is thrown into brutal and vicious chaos as men are forced to kill or be killed. While blood soaks the battlefield as Christmas approaches, the men in the trenches of the Western Front face a transformation, however fleeting, toward peace and goodwill. Against all odds, four unlikely individuals from opposing sides bond during this bloodless respite to experience the hope and goodness in humanity.

DOUBLE FEATURE

major oscar contenders

Just released on premium video on demand (PVOD), both of these films are being lauded by end-of-year awards groups and are sure-fire frontrunner contenders for the upcoming Academy Awards. Martin McDonagh’s Irish black comedy is what happens when you focus a film around a simple conflict and then let both sharp writing and an incredible sense of place drive four outstanding performances. Steven Spielberg’s latest film is a warm-hearted trip down memory lane of his own childhood and how the world’s most commercially successful filmmaker came to be. 

the banshees of inisherin

On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, Pádraic is devastated when his buddy Colm suddenly puts an end to their lifelong friendship. With help from his sister and a troubled young islander, Pádraic sets out to repair the damaged relationship by any means necessary. However, as Colm’s resolve only strengthens, he soon delivers an ultimatum that leads to shocking consequences.

Watch on Disney+.

Watch on Amazon Prime.

The fabelmans

Young Sammy Fabelman falls in love with movies after his parents take him to see “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Armed with a camera, Sammy starts to make his own films at home, much to the delight of his supportive mother.

Watch on Amazon Prime.

Watch on YouTube.

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