Jaula/The Chalk Line (2022)
A couple temporarily adopts a young girl that they found wandering around alone in the high road.
My thoughts: More thriller than horror; more exasperating than thrilling. The big reveal hinges on an implausible coincidence.
A fashion designer is suffering from a mysterious illness that puzzles her doctors and frustrates her husband, until help arrives in the form of a Filipino carer, who uses traditional folk healing to reveal a horrifying truth.
My thoughts: You’ll be required to squint at some of the fuzzy logic but, overall, an engaging little movie that sticks the landing.
The Apology (2022)
20 years after the disappearance of her daughter, a recovering alcoholic is preparing her family’s Christmas celebration when her estranged ex-bother-in-law arrives unannounced, bearing nostalgic gifts and a big secret.
My thoughts: A highly predictable mostly two-hander.
Immigrant nanny Aisha, piecing together a new life in New York City while caring for the child of an Upper East Side family, is forced to confront a concealed truth that threatens to shatter her precarious American Dream.
My thoughts: Technically accomplished and strong performances with a compelling dramatic narrative, but the horror elements feel superfluous and detract from the whole.
Christmas Bloody Christmas (2022)
It’s Christmas Eve and Tori just wants to get drunk and party, but when a robotic Santa Claus goes haywire and begins a killing spree through her small town, she’s forced into a battle for survival.
My thoughts: Futurama already did it. And better. But perfectly fine if you’re looking for a cheesy holiday diversion.
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