The Last Friday

Yeah, fine, this isn’t the last Friday of 2017, but it’s the last one as far as theatrical releases are concerned. And they are:

Downsizing: Matt Damon stars in Alexander Payne’s most ambitious movie to date, a sci-fi allegory about overpopulation, miniaturization and the dangers of half-assed altruism. I think. There’s a lot going on. Anyway, Christoph Waltz is a hoot.

Father Figures: Ed Helms and Owen Wilson schlub around America in search of the man who sired them. Fun fact: I have not seen this, and you cannot make me.

The Greatest Showman: Hugh Jackman’s P.T. Barnum musical opened Wednesday and nobody told me! But Glenn saw it, and says it’s fine.

I, Tonya: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan and Alison Janney give their all in Craig Gillespie’s Tonya Harding  biopic, which never really figures out whether it empathizes with its characters or despises them. Susan enjoyed it more than I did.

Pitch Perfect 3: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and friends get back together for one last tour, and it’s better than the last one and honestly that’s good enough.

Ramen Heads: Koki Shigeno’s look at the Japanese ramen industry lands a commercial run at the Hot Docs Cinema. Natalia thoroughly enjoyed it earlier this spring; now it’s your turn.

And there we are. Seeya back here Christmas Day!

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