A Christmas Carol (2019)

An exceedingly strange, alarmingly dark, surprisingly powerful adaptation of the Dickens classic. Running about three times longer than it would take to read the book, showrunner Steven Knight expands out the story to really interrogate the character of Scrooge, and the society he excels in. Objections to Christmas become more philosophical than moral, Scrooge’s villainy…

Knives Out (2019)

Johnson twists the whodunnit genre to craft a story about privilege, in a mystery film as delightfully old-fashioned to feel anachronistic (there’s little even in the trailers to indicate its modern setting). Johnson uses structure well here, subverting the typical format of a whodunnit to try and force himself to find clever ways to keep…