New movies streaming, in theaters

As some mull over cutting the Christmas tree, Netflix is ​​playing Santa with a slew of cinematic goodies this weekend.

The streaming service has a triple functionality for you: Benedict Cumberbatch plays a rather vile cowboy in director Jane Campion’s new Western drama, Michael Urie stars in an LGBTQ holiday comedy, and “Modern Family” former Julie Bowen is the grandmother of a preteen in a punk-fueled coming-of-age movie. And if you want a break from the joys of Christmas, AMC + has a Christmas horror comedy-drama starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode facing the end of the world.

Here’s a guide to the new movies that will satisfy any cinematic taste:

“The power of the dog”:Kirsten Dunst wanted to play “a really strong woman”

If you want to see a better picture candidate: “The Power of the Dog”

Cumberbatch is an annoying but also completely spellbinding curse in Campion’s sprawling period film that takes on toxic machismo. In 1925 in Montana Phil (Cumberbatch) and George (Jesse Plemons) are ranching brothers who keep some peace, though it turns into an awkward place when George marries a widow named Rose (Kirsten Dunst). . Phil makes his life hell, leading Rose to become a closet alcoholic, but takes her shy son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) under her wing. Campion creates a dynamic drama with these four personalities and a hell of a ending.

Where to watch: In the cinema and on Netflix

Review:Benedict Cumberbatch stuns like cruel cowboy in Jane Campion’s “Power of the Dog”

Peter (Michael Urie, left) takes his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to hope for Christmas in Netflix holiday romantic comedy "Single until the end."

If you dream of a lift for the holidays: “Single All the Way”

In the new romantic comedy, Peter (Uriah) is a gay man tired of his family bothering him to bring a boyfriend home for Christmas, so he makes a deal with his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to pretend be her partner for this year’s New Hampshire Farm festivities. The plot turns when Peter’s mother (Kathy Najimy) settles her son with his trainer (Luke Macfarlane), and various shenanigans all lead to a predictable but still heartwarming Hallmark-y finish.

Where to watch: Netflix

Beverly (Gemma Brooke Allen, far left) embraces her punk side with new friends Nicky (Olga Petsa) and Ellen (Audrey Hsieh) on Netflix's

If your tweens need a new rock movie: ‘Mixtape’

Set in late 1999, on the eve of the year 2000, the kid-friendly story stars Gemma Brooke Allen as Beverly, a 12-year-old girl who has never known her parents since their birth. died when she was very young. Beverly finds a mixtape of punk songs they made, but when her walkman eats the tape, she goes looking for some retro tunes in order to better understand her mother and father. Her musical journey allows her to make new friends, befriend a surly record store owner (Nick Thune) and deepen the bond with the grandmother (Bowen) who raised her.

Where to watch: Netflix

"To flee" is an animated documentary about an Afghan refugee.

If you could use a good documentary: ‘Flee’

Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen ingeniously uses hand-drawn animations to tell the emotional story of refugee Amin, an Afghan who is about to marry her husband. Amin kept his story a secret for 20 years and finally recounts his dangerous journey to escape war-torn Kabul as a child – involving connections with human traffickers and an armed trip by boat – before end up in Denmark. Animation brings the true story to life in an innovative way, especially with such a compelling narrative that will leave you moved.

Where to watch: In theaters

Rufus Jones (far left), Annabelle Wallis, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Ṣọpé Dìrísù, Lucy Punch and Kirby Howell-Baptiste play old friends who come together to celebrate Christmas on the eve of the apocalypse in "Silent night."

If you like the occasional not-so-happy holiday treat: “Silent Night”

Knightley and Goode play a British couple with children who invite old college friends to a seasonal get-together. It’s the last Christmas, however, as an environmental disaster is about to happen the next day and these people are wondering if they should take a suicide pill or have a very horrific end. The whopper of an apocalyptic premise is so dark, but there are also some great bits of dark comedy as everyone gets a sad last meal of a roasted potato and the pettiness doesn’t end even when the end is near.

Where to watch: In theaters and on AMC +

Jacob (George MacKay) befriends Wildcat (Lily-Rose Depp) at a facility for people who believe they are animals in "Wolf."

If you’ve ever wanted to howl at the moon: “Wolf”

This bizarre but strangely touching drama about identity and humanity stars George Mackay (“1917”) as a young man named Jacob who believes he is a wolf. His worried family hires him in an establishment full of other people with similar animal behaviors. The cruel boss, aka the zookeeper (Paddy Considine), subjects Jacob and the others to a series of increasingly painful “therapies”, leading Jacob to plan an escape with the help of an enigmatic woman (Lily- Rose Depp) who believes she is a wild cat.

Where to watch: In theaters

Virginie Afria plays the role of an Italian nun who engages in a lesbian relationship with a novice, has erotic visions and also sees Jesus (Jonathan Couzinié) in the 17th century religious drama by director Paul Verhoeven "Benedetta."

If you like provocative stuff: ‘Benedetta’

Paul Verhoeven is notoriously a button-pushing filmmaker (“Showgirls,” anyone?), So his latest effort to direct a movie about a 17th-century Italian lesbian nun (played by Virginie Efira) with erotic dreams and visions of Jesus appear on the mark. Based on the real-life story, the savage drama actually leans more thoughtful than sacrilegious in a juggling tale of sex, power, and faith where the main character gets close to an abused new member (Daphne Patakia) of the fraternity. and attracts the wrath of the Reverend Mother (Charlotte Rampling).

Where to watch: In theaters

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