Get Santa

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Re­lease Date: OUT NOW! U | 102 min­utes Di­rec­tor: Christo­pher Smith Christo­pher

Smith’s pre­vi­ous films ( Creep, Sev­er­ance, Black

Death) hardly seem ideal prepa­ra­tion for a Yule­tide fan­tasy about an ex- con­vict ( Rafe Spall) com­ing to the aid of a downed Fa­ther Christ­mas ( Jim Broad­bent). Yet the brac­ing black com­edy of those hor­rors re­mains de­tectable here, es­pe­cially when Saint Nick gets banged up and has to rein­vent him­self as a har­dened lag to sur­vive be­hind bars.

A sub­se­quent shift into Po­lar Ex­press ter­ri­tory isn’t suc­cess­ful, due in part to a dreary North Pole and fly­ing sleigh ef­fects that stay de­fi­antly earth­bound. That said, we were tick­led by the nods to The Shaw­shank Re­demp­tion and The God­fa­ther. Neil Smith

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