• Opening This Week – November 11

    November 11, 2016

    Opening This Week – November 11

    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Poster

    Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016)

    Certificate R   –   Drama | War

    Metascore: 53/100 (21 reviews)
    19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad – contrasting the realities of war with America’s perceptions.
    Director:

    Ang Lee

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    THE BUZZ: Remember all the drama about The Hobbit‘s frame rate and how the movie looked a bit hyper-real, like a telenovela? Well, the fact that Billy Lynn was shot in 120 frames-per-second (Peter Jackson shot in 48 f-p-s) has caused all sorts of headaches for Sony Pictures. Director Ang Lee and Sony boss Tom Rothman, who have worked together since Lee’s The Wedding Banquet, disagreed on the entire f-p-s issue, and since test screenings and initial festival plays have not fared well, Rothman decided to project the movie in standard 24 f-p-s — with a few exceptions — when Billy Lynn begins its theatrical rollout this weekend.

    Almost Christmas (2016) Poster

    Almost Christmas (2016)

    Certificate PG-13   –   Comedy | Drama

    Metascore: 53/100 (20 reviews)
    A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died.
    Director:

    David E. Talbert

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    THE BUZZ: The appealing cast and holiday setting of Almost Christmas should help writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim/First Sunday) land his biggest hit yet.

    Arrival (2016) Poster

    Arrival (2016)

    Certificate PG-13   –   Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

    Metascore: 82/100 (49 reviews)
    A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.
    Director:

    Denis Villeneuve

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    THE BUZZ: “There are days that define your story beyond your life, like the day they arrived … ” That quote from the first four seconds of the trailer was all it took for me to sign up for this one. Although I am all in when it comes to cerebral sci-fi, first contact, and alien invasion movies, I’m especially excited for Arrival as it looks to be both thinky and contemplative, reminiscent of Contactbut combined with the looming threat of world destruction found in “Childhood’s End.” This invasion might not be as action-packed as Independence Day but the floating monoliths hovering over the open field in the Arrival evoke a quieter and more ominous threat. I can’t wait for this one. – Vanessa

    Shut In (2016) Poster

    Shut In (2016)

    Certificate PG-13   –   Drama | Thriller

    A heart-pounding thriller about a widowed child psychologist who lives in an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.
    Director:

    Farren Blackburn

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    THE BUZZ: There’s a smothering pall hanging over Naomi Watts’ home in this thriller from veteran director Farren Blackburn. Her son, Charlie Heaton from “Stranger Things,” lives in a catatonic state after his father’s fatal car accident, an environment that seems fit for Jacob Tremblay from Room to come and lay his head after the death of his mother. Dr. Oliver Platt gets to watch Naomi’s complete mental breakdown and haunting via Skype, while we wonder exactly who will try and help set things right IRL.

    Elle (2016) Poster

    Elle (2016)

    Certificate R   –   Drama | Thriller

    Metascore: 89/100 (20 reviews)
    A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.
    Director:

    Paul Verhoeven

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    THE BUZZ: I get a welcome case of the icks when thinking about how Isabelle Huppert and Paul Verhoeven will approach a story that includes elements of Stockholm syndrome and industrial espionage. – Arno

    The Love Witch (2016) Poster

    The Love Witch (2016)

    Certificate Unrated   –   Comedy | Horror

    Metascore: 80/100 (13 reviews)
    A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, in a tribute to 1960s pulp novels and Technicolor melodramas.
    Director:

    Anna Biller

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    THE BUZZ: So dedicated to presenting her movie in a theatrical environment, director Anna Biller filmed her own PSA with her star Samantha Robinson telling people that using their phones during a movie is “anti-attractive,” which is one of many reasons to seek out a screening of Biller’s mash note to 1960s Technicolor magic.

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    Doctor Strange (2016) Poster

    Doctor Strange (2016)

    Certificate PG-13   –   Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

      8/10
    Metascore: 72/100 (49 reviews)
    A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.
    Director:

    Scott Derrickson

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $85.06M, Gross: $98.93M

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    Trolls (2016) Poster

    Trolls (2016)

    Certificate PG   –   Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy |Musical

      6.7/10
    Metascore: 56/100 (32 reviews)
    After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.
    Box Office:

    Weekend: $46.58M, Gross: $54.40M

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    Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Poster

    Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

    Certificate R   –   Biography | Drama | Romance | War

      8.7/10
    Metascore: 71/100 (45 reviews)
    WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
    Director:

    Mel Gibson

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $15.19M, Gross: $18.56M

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    Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) Poster

    Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

    Certificate PG-13   –   Comedy | Horror

      4.6/10
    Metascore: 30/100 (14 reviews)
    Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
    Director:

    Tyler Perry

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $28.50M, Gross: $66.11M

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    Inferno (2016) Poster

    Inferno (2016)

    Certificate PG-13   –   Action | Adventure | Crime | Drama | Mystery |Thriller

      6.4/10
    Metascore: 42/100 (47 reviews)
    When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.
    Director:

    Ron Howard

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $14.86M, Gross: $27.22M

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    The Accountant (2016) Poster

    The Accountant (2016)

    Certificate R   –   Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller

      7.7/10
    Metascore: 51/100 (45 reviews)
    As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
    Director:

    Gavin O’Connor

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $24.71M, Gross: $71.96M

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    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Poster

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

    Certificate PG-13   –   Action | Adventure | Crime | Mystery | Thriller

      6.4/10
    Metascore: 47/100 (43 reviews)
    Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.
    Director:

    Edward Zwick

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $22.87M, Gross: $50.27M

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    Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Poster

    Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

    Certificate PG-13   –   Horror | Thriller

      6.4/10
    Metascore: 65/100 (26 reviews)
    In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
    Director:

    Mike Flanagan

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $14.07M, Gross: $31.97M

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    The Girl on the Train (2016) Poster

    The Girl on the Train (2016)

    Certificate R   –   Drama | Mystery | Thriller

      6.7/10
    Metascore: 48/100 (49 reviews)
    A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.
    Director:

    Tate Taylor

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $24.54M, Gross: $71.17M

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    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Poster

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

    Certificate PG-13   –   Adventure | Drama | Family | Fantasy

      7/10
    Metascore: 57/100 (43 reviews)
    When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.
    Director:

    Tim Burton

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $28.87M, Gross: $83.67M

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