New in Theaters – 12/11/15

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In the Heart of the Sea

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. (C) Warner Bros

Scott’s Take

While I can appreciate Ron Howard’s effort to tell a Moby Dick origin story, the movie reminded me more of Unbroken and I expected a movie about whales to have whales. Underwhelming to say the least.

Steve’s Take

Not one that I would like to see, but it has it’s target audience and they will likely enjoy it.

Claudio’s Take

Check out Claudio’s review here!

Next Week

In the Heart of the Sea is the only film going wide this week. Next week we have three films being released wide and you have to give credit to two of them because they are both on suicide missions.  Sisters starring SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip have the brass balls to open up against what is arguably the most anticipated film of all time.  Yes boys and girls, the wait is finally over. You have already purchased the toys (I even saw a Darth Vader toaster), purchased your tickets, and been witness to unprecedented advertising onslaught for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, People are already starting to camp out and the only question regarding J.J. Abrams take on the untouchable George Lucas franchise is just how BIG this one is going to be.  We will be writing more on Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the next week.