New in Theaters – 1/29/16

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Kung Fu Panda 3

In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas! (C) Fox

Scott’s Take

I wasn’t a big fan of the first two Panda films. A lot like Despicable Me, I found the characters to be a tad bit annoying. But as I’ve said in the past, this film isn’t marketed to my age demographic and all that really matters is that the kids enjoy Kung Fu Panda 3, and I am sure that they will. But will the parents? Regardless, Kung Fu Panda will be raking in the cash this weekend. Look for some HUGE opening weekend numbers.

Steve’s Take

There were no screenings that I was able to make to take my son to for this one. I have heard nothing but great things from some of our fans that we gave passes to. This one is rockin and rollin on Rotten Tomatoes also – currently sitting at 80%.

The Finest Hours

Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’ book detailing a daring 1952 Coast Guard rescue off the New England seaboard comes to the screen in this Disney film produced by Jim Whitaker (Take Me Home Tonight, The Odd Life of Timothy Green). James Tamasy and Eric Johnson team to pen the screenplay. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Scott’s Take

When I first saw the trailer for The Finest Hours I thought it looked fantastic. The problem is that I saw this trailer three months ago and it seems like every movie I have seen since has had The Finest Hours trailer attached to it. So I think Disney’s marketing blitz for this film over-saturated my actual desire to see the movie. I feel like this film should’ve been released two months ago. Nevertheless, the film really does looks like a good and exciting true story from the house of mouse.

Steve’s Take

I am with Scotty on this one. I have seen the trailer many times and even more television spots for it. It’s a shade under 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it is sitting in the so-so area. Let me know what you think on this one.

Fifty Shades of Black

This spoof from the Wayans Brothers parodies the ultra-popular novel/film series Fifty Shades of Grey.

Scott’s Take

I like that they are doing a spoof of the dreadful Fifty Shades of Grey. My problem is that 99.9% of these spoof movies are worse than the movies they are parodying. For that reason alone, I am skipping this one. This is a wait for DVD release for sure.

Steve’s Take

I put a warning out on Facebook yesterday saying that I better not see this one in the top 3 at the Box Office when I do the review over the weekend. I promise there will be some hell to pay!

Next Week

Look for Kung Fu Panda 3 to dominate the box office this weekend. Next weekend we have the Cohen Brothers latest Hail, Caesar!, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, and the love story/drama The Choice. Have a great weekend everyone.