Our Picks for the Week of Friday, November 25 ‚Äî Thursday, December 1
The Ice Harvest
It’s Christmas Eve in rainy, icebound Wichita, Kansas, and this year Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavenaugh (Billy Bob Thornton), have just successfully embezzled $2,147,000 from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard (Randy Quaid).
Even so, the real prize for Charlie would be the stunning Renata (Connie Nielsen), who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Charlie’s fondest Christmas wish is to slip out of town with Renata. But, as daylight fades and a storm whirls, everyone from Charlie’s drinking buddy Pete Van Heuten (Oliver Platt) to the local police begin to wonder just what exactly is in Charlie’s Christmas stocking. For Charlie, the 12 hours of Christmas Eve are filled with nonstop twists and turns, both on the ice and off.
Starring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, Randy Quaid, and Oliver Platt. Directed by Harold Ramis. Rated R. Synopsis provided by Focus Features.
Often referred to as one of the scariest films ever made, PULSE tells the story of a group of young friends rocked by the sudden suicide of one of their own, and his subsequent, ghostly reappearance in grainy computer and video images. Is their friend trying to contact them from beyond the grave, or is there something much more sinister afoot? The mysterious floppy disk they find in the dead man’s apartment may provide a clue, but instead launches a program that seems to present odd, ethereal transmissions of people engaged in solitary activities in their apartments. But there is something not quite right in the appearance and behavior of these lonely souls. Soon, there are more strange deaths and disappearances within the group, terrifying rooms sealed in red tape, and the appearance of more ghosts as the city of Tokyo‚Äîand the world‚Äîis slowly drained of life.
Predating many of the Japanese horror (J-horror) films that have been re-made for American audiences (including The Grudge, Dark Water), PULSE was originally purchased by Miramax in 2001 to make way for a re-make. Eschewing gore and easy shocks for a harrowing tone unique to his cinema, writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa has made a dense and complex film whose metaphysical and psychological resonance will last long after the chills have subsided.
Now Playing at E Street Cinemas.
Starring Haruhiko Kato, Kumiko Aso, Koyuki, Kurume Arisaka, and Masatoshi Matsuo. Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Horror. Rated NR . Synopsis provided by Magnolia Pictures.
Also Opening this Week:
Still Playing & Recommended: