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The Month Ahead: Movies

What to read, watch and listen to in December

MOVIE MADNESS
Hollywood often requires audiences to swallow large and laughable implausibilities, but three films coming out this month seem tailor-made to stick in the craw. Which made the results palatable—and which didn’t?

BILL MURRAY PLAYS FDR:
HYDE PARK ON HUDSON (DEC. 7)

Plausibility of Original Idea: Even at his most somber, Murray always seems to be repressing a smirk. The role of America’s great wartime president surely deserves something more … presidential. (4 out of 10)
Plausibility of End Product: Despite his health problems and the near-collapse of Western civilization, Roosevelt was a funny guy. In this regard, Murray hits all the right notes, even if he doesn’t go for Streep-like verisimilitude. (8 out of 10)

RUSSELL CROWE SINGS:
LES MISÉRABLES (DEC. 25)

Plausibility of Original Idea: Roaring in outrage we could buy, but having the Unshaven One croon seems like the worst idea since Kevin Costner cleared his throat to musical accompaniment. (3 out of 10)
Plausibility of End Product: Crowe manages a limp Elvis Costello drawl, overaccenting at times in order to sound American (“take” becomes “tuayke”), but nothing that makes you seriously consider self-harm. (6 out of 10)

STAR-CROSSED LOVERS OCCUPY PARALLEL WORLDS:
UPSIDE DOWN (DEC. 10*)

Plausibility of Original Idea: A West Side Story tale in which Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst fall in love despite literally coming from different worlds: one where everyone’s rich, another where all are poor. (1 out of 10)
Plausibility of End Product: The posh world is located directly above the shabby one, allowing for surreptitious handholding and placing Dunst’s character beyond reach only in a socioeconomic sense. Eat your heart out, Karl Marx. (0.0016 out of 10)

 

*As of press time

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