Leave the World Behind (Netflix, December 8)
In Leave the World Behind, Amanda and Clay (Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke), attempt to escape to a luxurious weekend retreat with their children. However, the tranquil vacation takes a spine-chilling turn when another couple intrudes (Mahershala Ali and Myha’la), bearing news of a mysterious cyberattack and seeking sanctuary in the ostensibly rented home. The film, based on the Rumaan Alam novel of the same name, explores the intricate dynamics of human connections in the shadow of an imminent catastrophe.
Maestro (Netflix, December 20)
While Hollywood biopics are not always great, Maestro is receiving good reviews after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and will be likely to delight audiences this winter. The film delves into Leonard Bernstein’s 25-year marriage with Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. Bradley Cooper, the film’s star, director, co-writer, and producer, artfully navigates Bernstein’s complex life, exploring the genius within the man. The narrative unfolds from their 1946 meeting to the challenges of their enduring marriage, uniquely transitioning between black and white and vivid color to capture the different eras in which their relationship endured. Maestro will be a must-watch for those interested in Bernstein’s life and creative work.
By Vanessa Hutchison | Photo by Karsten Wingeart
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