The scintillating Safdies crank it higher with Adam Sandler’s externalized frenzy of one Manhattan’s mental mayhem: among other virtues, it may well be an unsentimental riff on the existence of disgraced NYC filmmaker James Toback.
Greta Gerwig’s deconstruction-reconstruction of the novel and the life of Louisa May Alcott features “Lady Bird” muse Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Emma Watson and Meryl Streep, a score by Alexandre Desplat and camerawork by the estimable Yorick Le Saux.
Opens December 25
Law Of Desire
35mm print of Almodóvar’s sixth feature, paired with a second-run engagement of his magisterial 2019 masterpiece, “Pain and Glory.”
December 28 & January 2
“The Brink” is one of 2019’s most offhandedly fastidious documentaries, following political wrecking ball Steve Bannon through his vexatious paces; this is Errol Morris’ long-delayed sit-down with the éminence grise.
Opens December 13
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Retcon mayhem ensues in fan-service frenzy as great swathes of “Last of the Jedi” are effaced from holy canon.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His multimedia history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” will be published soon. Previews of the project are on Twitter and on Instagram as Ghost Signs Chicago. More photography on Instagram.