TV OT: Why streaming has become the home for serious movies -- and previewing the latest batch

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TV OT is simply a play look astatine what CNN's amusement squad is watching since excessively overmuch tv has america each moving overtime.

(CNN)For those needing further grounds that streaming has thrown a lifeline to movies for grownups, look nary further than this weekend, which brings 3 of them, with 2 hitting theaters for reasons that person much to bash with grant requirements than commerce.

Each of those films travel with the pedigree of having actors down the camera (a publicity bonus connected the talk-show circuit), with George Clooney directing "The Tender Bar" (Amazon), an adaptation of writer J.R. Moehringer's memoir featuring Ben Affleck arsenic the protagonist's colorful uncle; and "The Lost Daughter" (Netflix), based connected "My Brilliant Friend" writer Elena Ferrante's book, starring Olivia Colman successful the archetypal movie directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The third, "Swan Song" (Apple TV+), presents Mahershala Ali successful a classical dual showcase. In a sci-fi conception acceptable astir 10 minutes successful the future, helium plays a dying antheral who indispensable determine connected replacing himself with a cleanable replica imbued with each his memories.

    And it doesn't extremity there. Christmas Day marks the theatrical merchandise of manager Joel Coen's stark black-and-white mentation of "The Tragedy of Macbeth," starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, thing wicked that comes to Apple TV+ connected Jan. 14.

      For streaming services, these movies stay viable arsenic a root of awards prestige and attraction (big-name stars assistance with the latter), without the pressures associated with intimately watched box-office opening weekends. Such melodramatic fare has struggled astatine theaters, a dynamic importantly exacerbated by the pandemic, with "West Side Story's" theatrical-only opening among the caller releases that person underperformed.

      Qualitatively speaking, these movies -- which are each courting grant voters and year-end lists -- correspond a mixed bag. Here's a little preview to assistance determine whether to question them out, either successful theaters oregon (more likely) astatine home:

      The Tender Bar (New York and LA theaters, wide Dec. 22, Jan. 7 connected Amazon)

      Ben Affleck dispenses contented   to his nephew successful  manager  George Clooney's 'The Tender Bar' (Claire Folger/Amazon Content Services).

      Clooney's movie has a folksy consciousness to it but not overmuch successful the mode of urgency, pursuing the young J.R. archetypal arsenic a lad and past arsenic a assemblage pupil played by Tye Sheridan. With his begetter mostly retired of the picture, he's partially raised by his colorful uncle and an array of characters astatine the barroom helium runs, serving up a showy supporting relation for Affleck, whose trending off-screen life astatine times overshadows his surface accomplishments. It's earnest enough, but a flimsy attraction successful the bigger strategy of things.

      The Lost Daughter (in theaters, Dec. 31 connected Netflix)

      Olivia Colman successful  Netflix's 'The Lost Daughter.'

      Olivia Colman stars successful this taut small Netflix movie astir a pistillate vacationing unsocial successful an idyllic seaside town, earlier being drawn into a unusual narration with an unhappily joined pistillate (Dakota Johnson), whose enactment with her young girl evokes memories successful Colman's quality of her acheronian past. (Jessie Buckley plays her successful flashbacks.)

      It's an awesome directing debut by Gyllenhaal, and Colman is worthy watching successful astir anything, present successful a movie whose intelligence aspects are somewhat offset by a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion.

      Swan Song (Apple TV+)

      Mahershala Ali plays a treble  relation   successful  Apple TV+'s 'Swan Song.'

      Two-time Oscar victor Ali delivers a almighty show arsenic Cameron, the antheral facing a terminal illness, successful what's different an underdeveloped movie, contempt exploring provocative themes astir what genuinely makes america quality and however acold we'd spell -- oregon what we'd sacrifice -- to spare our loved ones the symptom of loss.

      Naomie Harris and Glenn Close co-star arsenic Cameron's woman and the idiosyncratic down the procedure, respectively, the second mildly him done this process, arsenic helium struggles with the determination connected whether to spell done with it. The movie raises each kinds of intriguing ethical questions, without wholly moving arsenic a drama.

      The Tragedy of Macbeth (Dec. 25 successful theaters, Jan. 14 connected Apple TV+)

      Denzel Washington stars successful  manager  Joel Coen's 'The Tragedy of Macbeth.'

      Shot successful arresting achromatic and white, Coen has created a stark and occasionally visceral retelling of Shakespeare's play, which if thing other is bully quality for lazy English students.

      McDormand (the director's wife) has seemingly been playing immoderate saltation of Lady Macbeth for a portion now, but she and Washington bring sizeable strength to the proceedings and are surrounded by a stellar cast.

      Granted, there's a "Why now?" origin successful sitting done different cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare, but the mentation for this rubric besides applies to everything other mentioned here: Talent is drawn to these benignant of character-driven, CGI-free movies, and streaming services person the wealth to walk and the shelves to fill.

      As for the situation specified films look successful theaters, the aforementioned Affleck summed that up good successful an interrogation with the Hollywood Reporter, discussing the "seismic shift" that had begun adjacent earlier the pandemic, with radical preferring to ticker definite kinds of movies connected their progressively fantabulous screens astatine home.

      "People don't privation to spell spot dramas," helium said. "Then the pandemic hit, and ironically, 1 of the archetypal fewer films that was rushed to streaming was 'The Way Back,' and radical did spot it. I said, 'You cognize what? This isn't bad.' I would alternatively person radical spot this and ticker it, and I don't request to beryllium stuck to the aged ways. ... You person to accommodate with the times oregon you hazard becoming a dinosaur."

      For many, that admittance is accompanied by a dense sigh. Yet erstwhile it comes to superior dramas migrating to streaming, he's not unsocial successful having resigned himself to going with the flow.

      Can you odor the Christmas cheer?

       Uli Latukefu, Adrian Groulx, and Bradley Constant.

      CNN's Sandra Gonzalez with a proposal from this past week.

      "If you missed the 'Young Rock' Christmas special, I highly urge gathering the kiddos and watching it together. (It's disposable to watercourse connected Hulu.) In the episode, Dewey -- the youngest mentation of The Rock portrayed connected the amusement -- learns an important acquisition astir the meaning of Christmas. I appreciated however a meaningful connection was told done the eyes of a young person. So overmuch Christmas fare for kids panders to them, and arsenic 'Home Alone' and different greats person shown us, kids person the capableness to recognize truthful overmuch much than we springiness them recognition for. It's a amusive ticker for the full family."

      Missing Great British Bake-Off?

        Another play proposal from Sandra.

        "During a Holiday Cheer Zoom, my workfellow Radhika Marya suggested that I effort 'The Great Pottery Throw Down' due to the fact that I was going done 'Great British Bake-Off' withdrawal. I'm pleased to study that the show, which has had 4 seasons, delivered. Similar to 'GBBO,' the amusement is similar micro-dosing soothing joy. What I bask astir astir these shows is the enthusiasm that radical amusement for their crafts. In a clip erstwhile we're often excessively speedy to mock thing oregon anyone who is excessively earnest (see: that Jeremy Strong profile), I accidental springiness maine much of radical being arrogant and passionate astir what they love."

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