• Opening This Week – November 25

    November 23, 2016

    Opening This Week – November 25 

    Moana (2016) Poster

    Moana (2016)

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

    Metascore: 80/100 (35 reviews)
    A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.
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    THE BUZZ: Adult critics have already given Moana high marks for broadening the range of Disney’s princess tales. Will kids feel similarly? Seems more than likely, and we sense that boys will be hooked into this adventure for myriad reasons as well.

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    Bad Santa 2 (2016) – [Opens 11/23]

    Certificate R   –   Comedy | Crime | Drama

    Metascore: 41/100 (21 reviews)
    Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.
    Director:

    Mark Waters

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    THE BUZZ: If Bad Santa 2 follows a certain trend — we’re referring to the course set by Zoolander 2 and other underwhelmers this year — we’d be amazed if any studio ever lets more than a couple years pass between sequels.

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    Lion (2016)

    Certificate PG-13   –   Drama

    Metascore: 64/100 (13 reviews)
    A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
    Director:

    Garth Davis

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    THE BUZZ: After watching the incredibly moving trailer for Lion, I was amazed to find out that not only was this based on a true story about how a young Indian boy found his way home, but he did so using Google Earth. To me it speaks both to the power of never giving up hope and power of technology when it is used for good. – Michelle

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    Allied (2016) – [Opens 11/23]

    Certificate R   –   Action | Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

    Metascore: 62/100 (37 reviews)
    In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.
    Director:

    Robert Zemeckis

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    THE BUZZ: Allied definitely has one of the biggest question marks hovering over its box office chances this season. Between the public perception of on-set canoodling between Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard (which seems untrue to us) to the fact that director Robert Zemeckis is coming off mega flop The Walk, there’s a hazy uncertainty cast over what might otherwise be a prestige picture with worldwide appeal.

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    Rules Don’t Apply (2016) – [Opens 11/23]

    Certificate PG-13   –   Comedy | Drama | Romance

    Metascore: 59/100 (28 reviews)
    An unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver, and the eccentric billionaire who they work for.
    Director:

    Warren Beatty

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    THE BUZZ: Wait, what?! A movie about an eccentric multimillionaire with a peculiar and particular world view that causes those around him to pause and go, “Hmm”? Welcome to Warren Beatty’s latest directorial project, where he also plays famed entrepreneur and eccentric Howard Hughes. Of particular interest to Star Wars fans is Alden Ehrenreich, who plays a driver in a forbidden romance, in a role that may or may not foreshadow his work as everyone’s favorite smuggler in the much anticipated Han Solo film. – Bret

    Mifune: The Last Samurai (2015) Poster

    Mifune: The Last Samurai (2015)

      –   Documentary

     
    A feature-length documentary about the life and films of legendary actor Toshiro Mifune, weaving together film clips, archival stills, and interviews with such luminaries as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Narrated by Keanu Reeves.
    Director:

    Steven Okazaki

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    THE BUZZ: Clearly Akira Kurosawa’s right hand man who famously turned down Hollywood opportunities (characters he could have played include Obi-Wan Kanobi, Darth Vader, and Mr. Miyagi) deserves a documentary. Here, filmmaker Steven Okazaki, who has been nominated for four Oscars and won once (all in the short-subject documentary category), chronicles not only Mifune’s unexpected path to movie stardom and his collaborations with Kurosawa, but the evolution of samurai film as a genre.

    In Theaters Now – Box Office Top Ten 

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Poster

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

    Certificate PG-13   –   Adventure | Family | Fantasy

      8/10 
    Metascore: 66/100 (50 reviews)
    The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
    Director:

    David Yates

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $74.40M, Gross: $81.16M

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    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: $183.59M

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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: $118.17M

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    Arrival (2016)

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

      8.4/10 
    Metascore: 81/100 (52 reviews)
    A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.
    Director:

    Denis Villeneuve

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $24.00M, Gross: $45.06M

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    Almost Christmas (2016)

    Certificate PG-13   –   Comedy | Drama

      6.3/10 
    Metascore: 55/100 (27 reviews)
    A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died.
    Director:

    David E. Talbert

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $15.56M, Gross: $26.32M

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    Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Poster

    Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

    Certificate R   –   Drama | History | 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 man in American history to win the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
    Director:

    Mel Gibson

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $15.19M, Gross: $43.56M

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    The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Poster

    The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

    Certificate R   –   Comedy | Drama

      8/10 
    Metascore: 77/100 (35 reviews)
    High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.
    Box Office:

    Weekend: $4.75M, Gross: $5.30M

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    Bleed for This (2016) Poster

    Bleed for This (2016)

    Certificate R   –   Biography | Drama | Sport

      6.6/10 
    Metascore: 62/100 (30 reviews)
    The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he’d ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks.
    Director:

    Ben Younger

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $2.37M, Gross: $2.62M

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    The Accountant (2016) Poster

    The Accountant (2016)

    Certificate R   –   Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller

      7.6/10 
    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: $81.55M

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    Shut In (2016) Poster

    Shut In (2016)

    Certificate PG-13   –   Drama | Thriller

      4.8/10 
    Metascore: 22/100 (13 reviews)
    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

    Box Office:

    Weekend: $3.70M, Gross: $6.25M

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