New In Theaters – CHRISTMAS

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Assassin’s Creed

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. ASSASSIN’S CREED stars Academy Award (R) nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth); produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall; co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures; and distributed by 20th Century Fox. ASSASSIN’S CREED opens in theaters worldwide on December 21st, 2016.

Scott’s Take

I initially thought AC would be the movie to break the much maligned video game to big screen adaptations. That doesn’t seem to be the case. With a blistering 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, it looks like AC is going to be another costly misfire.

Steve’s Take

The only video games that get thrown up on a screen that I enjoy watching are MLB The Show, Madden Football and NBA2K.

Gisell’s Take

Check out Gisell’s review here!

Ralph’s Take

Check out Ralph’s review here!

Fences

Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball’s color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. Both Washington and co-star Viola Davis won Tonys for their performances in the 2010 revival of the play. Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson round out the supporting cast.

Scott’s Take

I missed the screening for Fences and it’s really the only movie I have left to see this Oscar season. I love me some Denzel.

Steve’s Take

I saw FENCES on Tuesday night and I just don’t have the time to right a full blown review being that it is the week before Christmas. Gisell will have one in a bit – and I am not sure how she does it with all of the other things she needs to do. All that being said, FENCES was outstanding. It was Denzel and Viola Davis at their best and even better, it was directed by Denzel. Emotions galore and actually a lot of laughter throughout the first half of the film. This is absolutely one that you will want to check out as soon as you can. FENCES will go down in the record books as the first 5 star rating that I have ever given.

Passengers

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in an exciting action-thriller about two passengers who are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, with the lives of thousands of passengers in jeopardy.

Scott’s Take

Check out Scott’s review here!

Steve’s Take

Scott’s review makes Steve sad.

Sing

A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world’s animals in order to save his elegant theater in this quirky animated musical.

Scott’s Take

An animated La La Land with animals. Okay maybe not, but the kids should enjoy this one.

Steve’s Take

My son wants to see this one, so I will be checking it out soon!

Why Him

Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry-and Ned’s panic level-escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

Scott’s Take

Why Him looks like a serviceable comedy and I would love to see Cranston take on more comedic roles, but early word on this film is mediocre at best.

Steve’s Take

I hate to say it, but this one is straight trash. I wanted to enjoy it, but I might have chuckled once and breathed heavily through my nose twice. The rest of the audience seemed to like it, but it was extremely corny to me. It was a big let down, but hey, what can you do. This was not the one for Cranston. I give it a very weak 1 1/2 stars.

Next Week

A lot of garbage coming out this week. Aside from FENCES, there isn’t much to see here. Next week we have two Oscar hopefuls with Patterson and 20th Century Women. Have a very Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Holidays!