When much of the world went on holiday at the end of 2019, the movies were waiting for them. The performance of several highly-anticipated December releases tell a compelling story. Yes, of course “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” sped toward a $400 million gross by the start of the year. But the box office successes went far beyond that. Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” made a strong showing, as did “Uncut Gems” — a movie that’s nobody’s idea of a safe commercial bet. So what do these developments portend for the weeks ahead, as the shortest Oscar race in history enters its final chapters?
These are some of the issues at the center of this week’s Screen Talk, the first episode of 2020. Co-hosts Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson also speculate about how the streaming wars will unfold at the festivals in the months ahead, share highlights from their vacations, and discuss some of the films they watched during their down time.
Listen to the full episode below.
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