Everyone has their favorite classic Christmas movies that they turn to year after year, but sometimes you need something new — and if you’re looking for new Christmas movies in 2022, streaming services have you covered more than ever before.
Hallmark has a new holiday hub on Peacock, Lindsay Lohan is singing ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ again in “Falling for Christmas,” Food Network stars Bobby Flay and Duff Goldman pop up in new Discovery+ originals; even Will Ferrell is back in the Christmas biz nearly 20 years after “Elf,” co-starring alongside Ryan Reynolds in the AppleTV+ Christmas musical “Spirited.”
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When it comes to time-travel flicks, you can pretty much guarantee that when you sit down to watch one, a straightforward ending isn’t going to be in the cards. From the downright baffling final act of Tenet to the delightfully ambiguous ending of Palm Springs, when you indulge in a movie that involves time travel, there’s only one real certainty: you’re gonna be in for a surprise.
This is undeniably true for the new Netflix thriller The Adam Project. Directed by Shawn Levy, the film follows Adam (Ryan Reynolds), a fighter pilot from the year 2050 who accidentally crash-lands in 2022 while traveling back in time to find his wife, Laura (Zoe Saldaña), who mysteriously vanished in the time-space-continuum while on a mission. In 2022, Adam meets his wise-cracking younger self and solicits his help in traveling back to 2018, where he had initially intended to go to find Laura.
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When a new movie comes out starring blockbuster darling Ryan Reynolds, it’s not difficult to anticipate, more or less, what it is you’re gonna be watching. From the Deadpool franchise to Free Guy, Reynolds has pretty much cornered the market on clean-looking action flicks with an obnoxious protagonist and a heavy emotional undercurrent. Understandably, sometimes these movies really work, (let’s hear it for Deadpool), and sometimes they really don’t (sorry, Free Guy).
Given all that, when Netflix announced The Adam Project, the second collaboration between Reynolds and Free Guy director Shawn Levy, it was safe to assume that the movie would go one of two ways: either it would be a witty, shrewd, and entertaining action flick, or it would be a soulless, dead-eyed money-maker. I’m pleased to announce that it belongs mostly to the first category.
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There aren’t a lot of sure things in life, but finding entertainment in a movie where an impassioned protagonist works against the clock to execute a high-stakes task is one of them. We experienced this in Buried, as a flustered Ryan Reynolds tried to escape a coffin while his phone battery dwindled and his oxygen evaporated; in Run Lola Run, while our protagonist sprinted through Berlin in a 20-minute life-or-death bid for $100K; and in The Guilty, where we witnessed a 911 dispatcher attempt to save a kidnapped woman’s life over the phone.
Director Phillip Noyce’s The Desperate Hour dutifully adheres to this high-stakes, high-risk, task-oriented single-day format. The film follows selfless mama-bear Amy Carr (Naomi Watts) who is struggling to navigate her and her children’s grief on the precipice of the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death. Amy’s son Noah (Colton Gobbo) is particularly despondent, which is tough for Amy because all she wants is to have a good relationship with him again.
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For over a century now, the wheel of Hollywood has been continuously cranked by charisma. In the ‘30s and ‘40s, audiences lined up to watch Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, who could dazzle with even the most drab material. More recently, actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence brought masses to the theaters with the snap of their fingers. So what happens, then, when Hollywood’s marquee trio has the combined charisma of a wet paper towel?
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