New In Theaters – 1/13/17

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Patriots Day

An account of the Boston Marathon bombing, PATRIOTS DAY is the powerful story of a community’s courage in the face of terror. In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.

Scott’s Take

I was surprised at how good Patriots Day was. I was expecting a propaganda and instead what I got was a deft thriller that plays like a big budgeted Dateline episode. One of the best films of the year. (4 stars out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

Live By Night

Ben Affleck writes, produces, and stars in this adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s sprawling crime novel centering on the prodigal son of a prominent police chief, and his gradual descent into the criminal underworld. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Color me unimpressed with Ben Affleck’s Live By Night. I am a huge fan of Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo but this one is a pretty dreadful misfire. The film looks great but there isn’t much going on. The film ultimately drags and drags with no real payoff. (2 stars out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

My thoughts exactly. This is a film just north of 2 hours that felt like 3. Every time I thought I saw a good spot for the ending, it just kept on going. As excited as I was to see this one, I was equally as disappointed leaving the theater. (2 out of 5 stars)

Silence

Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.

Scott’s Take

I had a rough time sitting through Silence. I get what director Martin Scorsese was trying to do and the film looks absolutely fantastic, but it was a film that I couldn’t wait to end, and it just never did. I understand why Silence is getting all the accolades, It just wasn’t my cup of tea. (2 1/2 stars out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

The screening for this one was an hour and a half away and it just wasn’t worth 6 hours of my life to check out. I will eventually, but I left this one in the capable hands of Scotty P and Gissy B.

Gisell’s Take

Check out Gisell’s review here!

The Bye Bye Man

People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we’re asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what…but who? From the producer of Oculus and The Strangers comes The Bye Bye Man, a chilling horror-thriller that exposes the evil behind the most unspeakable acts committed by man. When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t think it, don’t say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control. Is there a way to survive his possession? Debuting on Friday, January 13th, this film redefines the horror that iconic date represents-stretching our comprehension of the terror this day holds beyond our wildest nightmares.

Scott’s Take

Watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released in two weeks.

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

Sleepless

SLEEPLESS stars Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, White House Down) as undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs, who is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs’ teenage son. In one sleepless night he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation and bring the kidnappers to justice.

Scott’s Take

I hadn’t even heard of Sleepless until about 7 minutes ago. There is a reason why as Sleepless currently sits at 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. Redbox!

Steve’s Take

Who is the main character in this flick and what have they done with Jamie Foxx??

Next Week

Patriot’s Day and Silence are the films to see this week. Don’t drink anything before you see Silence. Next week we have XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, The Founder, Split, and 20th Century Women. Have a great week everyone.