Two of the year’s best arrive in Toronto today, and one more that’s pretty damn good. Can you figure out which is which? (Don’t panic, it’s not a contest.)
The Age of Consequences: Climate change will threaten America’s security by creating geopolitical instability. There, I just saved you 80 minutes that Jared P. Scott’s monotonous, droning doc might otherwise have wasted. You’re welcome.
Almost Christmas: Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Nicole Ari Parker, Omar Epps and Kimberly Elise are a pretty solid ensemble in this family drama from Baggage Claim director David E. Talbert. Rad really wanted to like it.
Arrival: Denis Villeneuve’s latest is a sleek, rewardingly complex meditation on the impossibility of contemplating the unknown, with a tremendous performance from Amy Adams. See it on a big screen, like, now.
Do Not Resist: Craig Atkinson’s documentary about the gradual militarization of police forces across America was one of the best things I saw at Hot Docs; sadly, it’s only grown more relevant since then.
An Eye for an Eye: Susan found Ilan Ziv’s documentary about a post-9/11 hate crime more problematic than gripping. Which is too bad, it’s a potentially great story.
Jean of the Joneses: Stella Meghie’s feature debut — about a family dynamic dropped into chaos by a sudden death — got some juice at TIFF, but Jake didn’t much care for it.
Loving: Rad really likes Jeff Nichols’ low-key drama about Richard and Mildred Loving’s struggle to be a couple before and during the civil-rights era, and so do I. You should see it, and also you should read Rad’s terrific cover story about mixed marriages.
Shut In: Naomi Watts and Room‘s Jacob Tremblay are stalked in a remote home in a thriller from UK TV director Farren Blackburn. Not screened ahead of time, so I’m catching it this afternoon. UPDATE: It’s terrible.
Oh, and Leonard Cohen is dead. Fuck this year, sincerely.