Feast of Films 

Giving the film critic room to roam

If your household is anything like mine, the holidays are as much about bingeing on food and drink as they are about catching up on some serious screen time—and I'm not referring to whatever dopey smartphone game is currently crippling your productivity and hijacking your bathroom visits. There is no better time of year to curl up with a three-hour-long fantasy epic or to mainline two complete seasons of any of the new shows Netflix pumps out like so many moistened mogwa—yes, that's a reference to Gremlins, one of my favorite Christmas movies.

Boise Weekly's own film fanatic George Prentice (who will happily tell you everything you never knew you wanted to know about Babes in Toyland) works like a man possessed, watching and reviewing every movie of note that comes out each year. He sits through hundreds of hours of film, not only here in Boise (where he's often the only audience member, haunting The Flicks during secret, solo morning screenings), but as far away as the Canadian province of Ontario, where he attends the Toronto International Film Festival each September.

It's in Toronto where George feasts on 10 days of films we mere civilians won't see in theaters for months, sometimes years. He meets the stars, chats with the directors and brings it all back to Boise where he teases it out in weekly installments.

This week we carved out three pages for George to explore a number of big-screen offerings set to open during the holiday weeks: The Imitation Game, on Page 20; Wild, on Page 21; and The Hobbit, on Page 22.

Next week, keep an eye out for George's annual film bracket, showing what movies he predicts will win big at awards time. Share your own predictions at boiseweekly.com.

Correction time: Due to an editing error in John Rember's opinion column (Boise Weekly, Opinion, "Diamond in the Back," Dec. 10, 2014), a reference to the superintendent of Idaho's Craters of Moon National Monument was left out. It has been replaced online.

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