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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

There are no new Hollywood holiday blockbusters opening this week as the box office takes a breather. Instead, we have three little art-house films and a number of revivals, led, of course, by “Schindler’s List.” In addition to such Christmas-themed shows as last year’s “The Man Who Invented Christmas” and the ’80s favorite “A Christmas Story,” there are several pictures coming back or raising their profiles to be remembered for end-of-the-year Oscar consideration, including as “The Wife,” “The Greatest Showman” and “A Star Is Born.”

“Schindler’s List: 25th Anniversary” (R). During World War II, businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) begins to worry that his workforce in German-Occupied Poland will diminish as he comes to realize that German Nazis are exterminating the Jewish population. Steven Spielberg’s best film, a masterwork that is alternately disturbing and encouraging, beautifully photographed in black and white, wonderfully scored by John Williams and with a number of standout performances. (See review above.)

  

“Maria By Callas” (PG, in English, and in French and Italian with English subtitles). Filmmaker Tom Volf uses interviews with Maria Callas (who died in 1977 at age 53), as well as her personal letters and diaries (read by French actress Fanny Ardant), to allow her to tell her own story, without shying away from the revered opera singer’s reputation as the ultimate diva. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Burning” A struggling South Korean writer who takes care of his family’s farm runs into a woman he knew in school and she asks him to dinner. Afterward, she asks him to care for her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa. When she returns, she has a new friend, a moody, enigmatic fellow who may or may not be a serial killer. (Not Rated, in Korean with English subtitles). (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“The World Before Your Feet” (Not Rated). Although he’s not sure why, 37-year-old Matt Green has been walking every street in New York City for years, some 8,000 miles. This documentary shows how Green is intentionally homeless, staying with various friends, and has turned his journey into a sort of performance art that he documents with photographs.