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December 23, 2021

WIFF’s Weekend Watch List — 12/24

DON’T LOOK UP (If you want an all-star cast) Vincent Georgie: Netflix’s Christmas gifts to you are Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Timothee…

DON’T LOOK UP

(If you want an all-star cast)

Vincent Georgie: Netflix’s Christmas gifts to you are Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Timothee Chalamet and Meryl Streep. Surely to be the most-watched new film over the holidays, the film is highly entertaining and ideal to watch with a wide variety of friends and relatives. The latest film from THE BIG SHORT and VICE filmmaker Adam McKay.

Synopsis: Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.

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EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

(If you want a magical Christmas film)

Vincent Georgie: Surely one of Tim Burton’s most original films, it’s also his most tender and, arguably, his most successfully delivered. While many of his more recent films seem to have jumped the shark to an extent, come back and revisit this magical fairy tale anchored by an ingenious performance by Johnny Depp at its heart. This film proves that Christmas films come in all shapes and sizes.

Synopsis: A scientist builds an animated human being — the gentle Edward. The scientist dies before he can finish assembling Edward, though, leaving the young man with a freakish appearance accentuated by the scissor blades he has instead of hands. Loving suburban saleswoman Peg discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls for Peg’s teen daughter. However, despite his kindness and artistic talent, Edward’s hands make him an outcast.

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CAROL

(If you want an elegant Christmas romance)

Vincent Georgie: Cate Blanchett (once again), and Rooney Mara have extraordinary chemistry in this story of star-crossed lovers. Much of the film takes place over Christmas and this is where the top-tier production design, costume design and cinematography deliver a glorious vintage rendering of an 1950s American Christmas.

Synopsis: Therese Belivet spots the beautiful, elegant Carol perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences.

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DOUBLE FEATURE

NAUGHTY & NICE

The original HOME ALONE was a global sensation upon release. Its strength is the inventiveness and terrific physical comedy demanded by its premise, but ultimately anchored in a sentimental story about families and forgiveness. The casting of Macaulay Culkin is perfection, but it’s a deep bench of talent here (including Joe Pesci, Catherine O’Hara and a great John Candy cameo). Special shout out to the memorable production design (that house!). Incredibly, the same humour and charm of the original film are perfectly intact in its sequel (with much credit going to MVP cast additions Tim Curry and Dana Ivey, not to mention Oscar-Winner Brenda Fricker).

HOME ALONE

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

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HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK

After snarky youth Kevin McCallister loses track of his father at the airport, he mistakenly gets on a plane headed for New York City — while the rest of the McCallisters fly to Florida. Now alone in the Big Apple, Kevin cons his way into a room at the Plaza Hotel and begins his usual antics. But when Kevin discovers that the Sticky Bandits are on the loose, he struggles to stop them from robbing an elderly man’s toy store just before Christmas.

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