Enjoy postmodern architecture, movie magic, and Alan Rickman (once again, fuck you 2016) in Christmas classic Die Hard.
This weekend at the movies, you can pay tribute to Sharon Jones, re-watch Hayao Miyazaki's creepy, visually enthralling Spirited Away, explore the spiritual and moral deracination of subjects of Chinese capitalism in Old Stone, or get around to seeing the latest Disney princess movie, Moana, which is an admirable example of positive representation. See all of our film critics' picks below, and, as always, check out our complete movie times calendar for more options, or our Things To Do calendar for all of the events happening this weekend.
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1. Miss Sharon Jones! Tribute Screening
On November 18th, Sean Nelson wrote, "Sharon Jones, the singer whose astonishing talent helped usher in a revival of classic-styled soul music over the past decade, died today after a long, and well-publicized battle with pancreatic cancer." Celebrate and remember Jones's life and work at this tribute screening. Read Dave Segal's description of the film below:
Want another documentary about a musician overcoming great adversity to achieve glittering critical and modest commercial success? Possibly not, but you should make room in your callous heart for director Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones! The titular subject is a powerful vocalist who merits your respect and attention, regardless if you're a fan of her band the Dap-Kings' tried-and-true R&B, soul, and funk. Born in South Carolina to a mother acquainted with the godfather of soul, James Brown, Sharon Jones took a long time to get her music career going, not releasing her first record until she was 40. But she made up for lost time by cutting several high-quality, pitch-perfect releases and proving herself to be a galvanizing live performer, inspiring James Brown comparisons. Once you see her onstage, you realize this is not hyperbole. DAVE SEGAL
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