Matthew Lickona 8 p.m., Dec. 17
The World's End
The final chapter in Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy, and very much a raised-stakes version of the first entry, Shaun of the Dead. In Shaun, a town was taken over by zombies, and the hero was forced to confront his failings. In World's End, the world is threatened by aliens, and the hero is...yeah. Also: when you add all that supersized drama, something tends to get lost. There's something here about the dangers of nostalgia, and something about the awfulness of corporate sameness, and something about the value of stubborn individuality shining through a haze of drunken belligerence, but the film's chief pleasures come from the interaction of its five stars (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan), out to finish the twelve-pub crawl they bailed on back in the day. It's fun to relate the pub names to the action inside, and fun to watch soused Englishmen attempt to navigate the complexities of dealing with alien invasion. Just don't push it too hard. 2013.
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