Hello cinema friends,

The holidays are upon us—traditions, rituals, and familiar what-have-yous abound, and your humble cinematek is not immune. That, however, does not mean we can’t bring something new to the seasonal table.

At a bare minimum, many of our forthcoming engagements are snow-swept period-pieces, all a tad melancholy, and all carrying the requisite scale of a December/January new release… sounds like the holidays to me. Chief among them is Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley opening December 17. This remake of the 1947 film noir of the same name is a wintry ensemble piece that spins carnies, con-men, and clairvoyants in old New York, carried by Bradley Cooper, Toni Collette, and Willem Dafoe, as well as Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Starting Sunday, December 19th, we find Blanchett and Mara once again in Todd Haynes’ Carol. The will-they-won’t-they lesbian mid-century melancholia returns to Ragtag as an alternative holiday classic… it’s a Christmas Carol, friends. If that’s not enough to get a little dreamy this season, we have rituals of yore too, with shows of Die Hard and It’s a Wonderful Life in the leadup to the 25th.

Happy happy,