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Movie Reviews: The Letters, Christmas Eve, Chi-Raq

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After the busy Thanksgiving weekend, things cool down in theaters with a bunch of limited release offerings.

The Letters (pictured) begins with a compelling premise—about correspondence revealing a profound crisis of faith for Mother Teresa of Calcutta—but turns into a plodding hagiography of the devoted nun. Christmas Eve throws together several stories of people trapped in elevators on Christmas Eve, with no apparent plan besides one-note character transformations. The documentary Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict profiles the socialite art patron with plenty of juicy details about the famous notches on her bedpost, but not as much concern about who she was as what she did (or whom she did).

In this week's feature review, Spike Lee takes Aristophanes' Lysistrata and hammers out a powerful, justifiably un-subtle satire in Chi-Raq.

Also opening this week, but not screened for press: A family gathering is wrecked by the summoning of a Christmas demon in the horror-comedy Krampus, and director Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) tells the story of a celebrity archaeologist trying to fake a huge discovery in Don Verdean.

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