Friday movie roundup: Light holiday leftovers
Published: January 18, 2013 08:18PM
Updated: December 28, 2012 09:46AM
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Bill Skarsgård stars in the Swedish coming-of-age drama "Simon and the Oaks." Courtesy The Film Arcade

Hollywood did its work early this week — with Christmas Day openings of “Les Misérables,” “Django Unchained” and “Parental Guidance” — so there are only a couple of art-house debuts among the weekend movie releases.

“Simon and the Oaks” is an overstuffed, overwrought Swedish drama — a coming-of-age tale involving a lad (played by Jonaton S. Wächter as a boy, and Bill Skarsgård as a young man) who discovers a dark family secret, leading to an identity crisis during the Nazi occupation of Sweden. Skarsgård (brother of “True Blood” star Alexander, son of “The Avengers’” Stellan) is charismatic, but the movie is a slog of too many extraneous subplots.

Also this week is “Sundance Short Film Reel 2012,” a compilation of 10 short films from the last Sundance Film Festival. Such programs are always hit and miss, but this one has a pretty high average. Some of the shorts — like the animated “Song of the Spindle” and the wicked comedy “Bear” — are phenomenally good.

By the way, in today’s Tribune is The Cricket’s list of the Top 10 movies of 2012, all of which are recommended viewing. (There’s also a list of the worst movies of the year, if you’re feeling masochistic in your film choices.)