• BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

One of the most entertaining holiday films in years, “Knives Out” should spawn plenty of imitators. As long as they’re as stylish and as well-written as this, we say, “bring ‘em.”

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

Some books are best left as books. Case in point: this one. Slow, often boring and frequently forgettable, the film version doesn’t live up to its Pulitzer Prize-winning origins.

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

Because it’s not the Fred Rogers story, “A Beautiful Day” has the ability to take risks without betraying its inspiration. Hanks make it a beautiful day in the movie theater with his performance.

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

Thanks to Oscar winners Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, there’s ample music for all. Idina Menzel gets another wailing “Let It Go”-type song and Jonathan Groff comes out of the female leads’ shadows and delivers a pretty good power ballad.

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

The odds are good you haven’t seen this year’s Best Picture. Or Best Actor and Actress, Bruce Miller says. Why? Because most of the Oscar-bait films don’t get released until the last weeks of the year, a so-called prestige season for producers.

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

Unlike the Hallmark films this seems to resemble, this film spends too much time making Henry Golding seem mysterious. The two stars, Golding and Emilia Clarke, are cute, but both of them have been down this road before and gotten better results.