New in Theaters – 12/25/15

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Concussion

Based on the true story of the doctor who discovered CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in football players, and the uphill battle he faced in bringing the information to the public.

Scott’s Take

Concussion looks like another star driven vehicle by Will Smith much like Ali. Concussion will attempt to take on the NFL this weekend (good luck with that) and regardless if the film is any good or not, look for Smith to flex his acting chops and garner another Best Actor academy award nomination.

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

Joy

JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love. (C) Fox

Scott’s Take

I have heard Joy is a mixed bag which is too bad. David O. Russell has been batting 1000 with me as of late. Sure I think American Hustle was overrated but it was still fantastic entertainment and Silver Linings Playbook was my favorite film of 2013 and one of the best romantic comedies I’ve ever seen. I’ve heard go see Joy for Jennifer Lawrence’s performance, and not for the movie.

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

Point Break

https://youtu.be/KvKneCIlIVs

An undercover cop makes his way into a scene of bank-robbing extreme-sports atheletes in this remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break. Ericson Core directs from a script by Equilibrium’s Kurt Wimmer. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Check out Scott’s review here!

Steve’s Take

This one looks shaky at best. It is getting absolutely KILLED on Rotten Tomatoes to a tune of 6%. Let’s see how this bad boy does.

Daddy’s Home

An affable radio executive finds himself competing for the affections of his step-children following the unexpected reappearance of his wife’s ex-husband in this Paramount Pictures comedy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Scott’s Take

No thank you!

Steve’s Take

This one looks awful. Pass!

Next Week

That’s all for this week. There is a lot to choose from, but you are better off seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the 5th time. Next week we have two of my top ten films of 2015 (hint, hint) breaking out of limited release with Quentin Tarentino’s The Hateful Eight and Inarritu’s masterpiece The Revenant. Have a great weekend everyone.