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Amanda Glam
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May 16, 2022

12/22/2021 2:12:00 PM
Amanda's Picks

Amanda Glam
Entertainment Writer

December is the biggest movie month of the year. And while I hope you are safely returning to the cinema, if you aren’t quite ready, many of the big movies can be found on a streaming service.
Before I get started on the big movies, let me say how much I loved A Clüsterfünke Christmas, Comedy Central’s loving parody of Hallmark Channel holiday movies. It wastes no time in letting you know exactly what you’re in for. Our heroine Holly (Vella Lavell) is a New York City, work-obsessed, single, with a harried assistant, self-declared “bubbly best friend” whose sole purpose is to provide backstory and a rich and inattentive boyfriend. To save her job, Holly has to go to Yuletown, Maine to buy the Clüsterfünke Inn for her real estate company. Boo!
Of course she meets a hunky hometown guy (Cheyenne Jackson) and they just DON’T get along, and of course she quickly acquires a “platonic confidante.” Meanwhile, she tries to convince the Clusterfünke sisters (Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer) to sell their Inn, while attending every Noel-themed festival you can imagine. There’s the obligatory montage, product placement, nondescript music, you get it. I’d recommend pouring a glass of holiday cheer and sitting down to A Clüsterfünke Christmas.

Being the Ricardos
(Dec. 10, Amazon, Dec. 21, Rated R)
I’m guessing that when you thought, “Who should play Lucille Ball on the big screen?” you didn’t think, “A super tall, thin Aussie with a bit too much Botox would be perfect.” Have you seen the trailer? I’m kind of loving Nicole Kidman as Lucy and of course, Javier Badem as Desi. Being the Ricardos is written and directed by master wordsmith Aaron Sorkin and looks at one tumultuous week in the lives of the most famous couple in America.

Don’t Look Up
(Dec. 10 on Netflix Dec. 24, Rated R)
Meryl Streep as the president is enough for me to check out this Adam McCay film about a comet on a path to destroy the world. The big-name cast includes Leo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Tyler Perry, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill and more. I loved McCay’s other films, from The Big Short to Anchorman.

The Matrix Resurrections
(Dec. 22, Theaters and HBO Max, R)
I saw the original Matrix on TV a few years after it came out in 1999. I thought it was OK. Keanu Reeves is back and he still looks great and he’ll probably kill a few less people than in the John Wick movies. You might want to catch this one on the big screen.

West Side Story
(Theaters Now, Rated PG-13)
Every year Emma and I choose a Christmas movie, and this year, we’ll be at Steven Spielberg’s vision of the beloved musical that I frankly didn’t love so much. From the trailer, this film screams Big Screen! The dance numbers look amazing and the casting is more authentic than the original movie. If anyone can get this right, Spielberg can. We’ll be there on Christmas.

A Journal for Jordan
(Dec. 25, Rated PG-13)
I am 99% sure that this movie about a soldier (Michael B. Jordan) who keeps a journal for his infant son while at war in Iraq, is going to make me cry. I’m just not sure how early or how often. Denzel Washington directs. I’ll wait to watch this one on the small screen, because, you know, the crying thing.

The Power of the Dog
(Netflix now, Rated R)
This film is getting a lot of awards buzz, especially for director Jane Campion and star Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays a grizzled rancher who does not take too kindly to his brother (Jesse Plemons) bringing home a wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her awkward teenage son. The performances are excellent, yes, even Kirsten Dunst who I have been less than kind to in earlier Amandas. The film is a tad leisurely, but that’s Campion’s style.

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