Opening This Week – January 13

January 13, 2017

Opening This Week – January 13

Patriots Day (2016) Poster

Patriots Day (2016) – [Nationwide Expansion]

Certificate R   –   Drama | History | Thriller

Metascore: 70/100 (22 reviews)
An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.
Director:

Peter Berg

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THE BUZZ: Critics and initial audiences alike are impressed with Peter Berg’s recreation of the 2013 tragedy that killed three people and injured hundreds more. With a release pattern that resembles an awards contender, we expect Patriots Day to be one of the true box office winners of the season.

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Monster Trucks (2016)

Certificate PG   –   Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Metascore: 37/100 (6 reviews)
Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
Director:

Chris Wedge

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THE BUZZ: If you haven’t heard this movie’s origin story, it’s a doozy. A guy named Adam Goldman, who was once the president of Paramount Pictures, was inspired to make this film after conversations with his 4-year-old son. Conceived as a tribute to beloved family films from the 80s, Monster Trucks was shot in 2014 and it’s spent the last three years being remolded into something that could possibly pass for a wide theatrical release.

The Bye Bye Man (2017) Poster

The Bye Bye Man (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Horror | Thriller

Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man’s most unspeakable acts.
Director:

Stacy Title

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THE BUZZ: Here’s hoping this horror movie has a sense of humor about itself. It certainly has a potential catchphrase in “Don’t Say It, Don’t Think It!” though someone is going to have to explain how you can consciously stop thinking about a killer boogeyman with the silly name once he’s set his sights on you. We’d love to hear how Faye Dunaway, who has made a return to acting, was lured into the project.

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Sleepless (2017)

Certificate R   –   Action | Crime | Thriller

A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son.
Director:

Baran bo Odar

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THE BUZZ: Nice to see Jamie Foxx back in action; we feel like he hasn’t been properly handled by a director since Django Unchained. Feels like he could have made this movie back in the 90s (not meant as an insult), and we wish it was receiving a bigger marketing push. We think Foxx’s chief mission here will be trying to distinguish this movie from all the others that are making awards noise as they expand into wide release this month.

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OK Jaanu (2017)

  –   Drama | Romance

Adi and Tara move to Mumbai to pursue their dreams. A chance meeting sparks off a heady, no strings attached romance until their careers pull them apart. Will ambition prevail over matters of the heart?
Director:

Shaad Ali

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THE BUZZ: in Ok Jaanu, Adi and Tara dismiss traditional relationship norms and build their own modern love story. The movie is a remake of the Tamil movie OK Kanmani. We’re looking forward to seeing Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor’s chemistry on-screen after their performance in Aashiqui 2.

Live by Night (2016) Poster

Live by Night (2016) – [Nationwide expasion]

Certificate R   –   Crime | Drama

Metascore: 51/100 (17 reviews)
A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the completion and the Klu Klux Klan.
Director:

Ben Affleck

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THE BUZZ: Looks like we’ll need to press pause momentarily on Ben Affleck’s hot streak as an actor/director as the general talk about his Prohibition Era crime drama is a bloated and relatively lifeless affair — especially when you consider what he achieved as a filmmaker up until this point. We’re most interested in seeing how audiences react, however, since this genre can be critic-proof at times.

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The Comedian (2016) – [Limited]

Certificate R   –   Comedy

Metascore: 46/100 (9 reviews)
A look at the life of an aging insult comic.
Director:

Taylor Hackford

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THE BUZZ: From the thought of Robert De Niro in custom-fit role to the supporting cast, all the components are here for a potential sleeper hit, but this comedy from Taylor Hackford has received some of the most brutal reviews this side of Monster Trucks, another one of this week’s releases. It’s a De Niro passion project that was guided by the hands of serious Hollywood vets, but it seems a barrage of crass jokes undermines fine acting and direction.

The Book of Love (2016) Poster

The Book of Love (2016) – [Limited]

Certificate PG-13   –   Drama

Henry is an introverted architect. After the death of his wife in a car accident, he sets out to help Millie, a homeless teen, to build a raft to sail across the Atlantic.
Director:

Bill Purple

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THE BUZZ: This drama with wonderful intentions and questionable accents (get an earful of Maisie Williams and her Southern drawl in the trailer) is flying way under the indie radar but we imagine it’ll stand out amongst your steaming options soon enough since the cast is so appealing.

In Theaters Now – Box Office Top Ten

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Poster

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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

  8.1/10
Metascore: 65/100 (51 reviews)
The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.
Director:

Gareth Edwards

Box Office:

Weekend: $155.09M, Gross: $481.66M

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Hidden Figures (2016) Poster

Hidden Figures (2016)

Certificate PG   –   Drama

  7.9/10
Metascore: 73/100 (29 reviews)
Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.
Director:

Theodore Melfi

Box Office:

Weekend: $0.52M, Gross: $30.49M

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Sing (2016)

Certificate PG   –   Animation | Comedy | Drama | Family | Music

  7.3/10
Metascore: 60/100 (32 reviews)
In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same.
Box Office:

Weekend: $35.26M, Gross: $217.36M

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Underworld: Blood Wars (2016) Poster

Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

Certificate R   –   Action | Horror

  6.4/10
Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.
Director:

Anna Foerster

Box Office:

Weekend: $13.69M, Gross: $16.35M

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La La Land (2016) Poster

La La Land (2016)

Certificate PG-13   –   Comedy | Drama | Musical | Romance

  8.8/10
Metascore: 93/100 (51 reviews)
A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.
Director:

Damien Chazelle

Box Office:

Weekend: $4.10M, Gross: $55.89M

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Passengers (2016)

Certificate PG-13   –   Adventure | Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

  7.1/10
Metascore: 41/100 (48 reviews)
A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
Director:

Morten Tyldum

Box Office:

Weekend: $15.06M, Gross: $82.89M

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Why Him? (2016)

Certificate R   –   Comedy

  6.6/10
Metascore: 38/100 (29 reviews)
A holiday gathering threatens to go off the rails when Ned Fleming realizes that his daughter’s Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend is about to pop the question.
Director:

John Hamburg

Box Office:

Weekend: $11.00M, Gross: $50.63M

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Moana (2016)

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

  8/10
Metascore: 81/100 (44 reviews)
In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.
Box Office:

Weekend: $56.63M, Gross: $226.53M

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Fences (2016)

Certificate PG-13   –   Drama

  7.8/10
Metascore: 78/100 (43 reviews)
A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.
Box Office:

Weekend: $0.13M, Gross: $42.05M

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Assassin's Creed (2016) Poster

Assassin’s Creed (2016)

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

  6.4/10
Metascore: 36/100 (38 reviews)
When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.
Director:

Justin Kurzel

Box Office:

Weekend: $10.28M, Gross: $50.85M

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