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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield.

Scott’s Take

We tried this with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and it failed miserably. I think PPZ ( I know the abbreviation sounds like a disease) has a great chance to succeed because of our fixation with zombies and the presence of Lily James who was absolutely fantastic in Cinderella. My major beef with PPZ is that its hitting theaters with a PG-13 rating. Seriously?

Steve’s Take

Nowadays, people think that anything with zombies in it will do well. I know that a lot of people love Pride and Prejudice, but come on man! The first thing that came to mind is exactly what Scott mentioned – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. That movie straight up sucked and I have a feeling that this one will as well.

Hail, Caesar!

Four-time Oscar (R)-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.

Scott’s Take

All you need to know about Hail, Caesar! is that it was directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen. The next step in the process is going to buy a ticket. it is that simple.

Steve’s Take

For some I think this one will be a big bore. For others that are true fans of all of the Cohen brothers work, they will love it. Which side of the fence are you on?

The Choice

When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw, it sends them both on a romantic journey neither ever dreamed possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship with a woman would cramp his easygoing lifestyle, while Gabby is all set to settle down her long-term boyfriend-until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives. After a whirlwind courtship, Gabby and Travis wed and build a family together, making every decision hand-in-hand until one of them is forced to make the most important choice of their life alone. A poignant and life-affirming celebration of love, marriage and family that explores the most heart-wrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

Scott’s Take

After The Best of Me and The longest Ride, I have black listed Nicolas Sparks movies. I was good with The Notebook but the constant act of trying to manufacture unearned tears has me numb and just bored. Now, that doesn’t mean that ladies won’t eat this stuff up, I’m just not prepared to go down that road again.

Steve’s Take

Every now and then, Scott hits the nail right on the head. This is one of those times. Probably best to stay away unless you are forced into a pre-Valentine’s Day date by your significant other. Good luck!

Next Week

I have zero problem with checking out the Cohen’s Hail, Caesar! or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies this weekend. To me, you can’t go wrong with either. Next week things start to heat up a bit as the much anticipated Deadpool hits theaters and will go up against Magnum, Blue Steel, and La Tigre as Zoolander 2 also finally arrives.  We also have the Drew Barrymore produced How to Be Single hitting theaters.