New In Theaters – 1/20/17

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Split

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being. Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him – as well as everyone around him – as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

Scott’s Take

While a couple of our writers didn’t particularly care for SPLIT, I happened to love it. James McAvoy gives a powerhouse performance that is sure to be remembered come next year’s academy awards. It’s a film I want to revisit again. (4 stars out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

I missed this one because 3 other critics from the site were seeing it. I might be able to check it out this weekend.

Ralph’s Take

Check out Ralph’s review here!

Gisell’s Take

Check out Gisell’s review here!

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage

The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, “xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE” will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.

Scott’s Take

I love action movies. My problem with XXX is that it is so absurd that it totally takes me out of film. The first XXX is one of the worst movies I have ever seen and this one is more of the same. If you liked XXX then you will have a blast with this one. If you are like me and hated it, stay far away from this one. (1 star out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

Absolutely absurd. No, thanks.

The Founder

Directed by John Lee Hancock (SAVING MR. BANKS), THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Writer Robert Siegel (THE WRESTLER) details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The film also stars Laura Dern as Ray Kroc’s first wife Ethel; John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald and Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald.

Scott’s Take

This will be the one film I check out this weekend. I’m not a big Mcdonald’s fan but I am interested in how it all came to be. Oh and it has some guy named Michael Keaton. Sign. Me. Up.

Steve’s Take

Didn’t get out to see this one, but I am all in.

Ralph’s Take

Check out Ralph’s review here!

20th Century Women (Wide)

During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides the best way she can parent her teenage son (Lucas Jade Zumann) is to enlist her young tenants – a quirky punk photographer (Greta Gerwig), a mellow handyman (Billy Crudup) and her son’s shrewd best friend (Elle Fanning) – to serve as role models in a changing world.

Scott’s Take

20th Century Women is going to garner it’s fair share of Academy Award nominations. It’s very well written and Annette Bening is her usual fantastic self. Definitely a must see.

Steve’s Take

See Scott’s take.

Next Week

That’s all for this week. My picks are Split and 20th Century Women. Next week we have Gold, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and A Dog’s Purpose. Have a great weekend everyone.