New in Theaters – 12/28/12

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Django Unchained

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. — (C) Weinstein

Scott’s Take

Is there a better director out there right now than Quentin Tarantino? This is the must see film this holiday season and one of the best films of the year. I will get in to more detail in my forthcoming best of the year article, but rest assured Django Unchained is sure to be in the top 10.

Steve’s Take

I can’t wait to see Django (the D is silent guys!). If you have already seen it, let us know what you thought!

Les Miserables

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. — (C) Universal

Scott’s Take

It seems like I’ve seen 36,000 versions of Les Miserables. Don’t get me wrong, I like the story and I’m sure I will enjoy this particular version of Jean Valjean, I’m just not in a rush to see Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway bursting in to song. That being said, my wife will force me to see Les Miserables this weekend.

Steve’s Take

Steve hates musicals.

Parental Guidance

Old school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane’s old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it’s learning to bend – and not holding your ground – that binds a family together

Scott’s Take

Billy Crystal, where have you been? One of the funniest talents of our time has been reduced to a babysitting prop in a role Eddie Murphy has been frequenting. Redbox.

Steve’s Take

This movie looks terrible. I dare you to tell me otherwise.

Next Week

That’s all for this week. Next week we have Texas Chainsaw 3D (how original) and The Impossible for the first New in Theaters of 2013!  Have a great weekend and have a Happy New Year!