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Moana

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

Scott’s Take

What is a holiday without another Disney classic? Based on everyone on our site, Disney’s Moana is another notch on the belt for Disney and a surefire winner. Look for Moana to dominate the weekend box office.

Steve’s Take

Pure Disney domination. That’s what you should expect. My son has yet to ask to see this one, but it is coming. I know it.

Gisell’s Take

Check out Gisell’s review here!

Ralph’s Take

Check out Ralph’s review here!

Allied

The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan, who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

Scott’s Take

I just saw Allied last night, so I didn’t have time for a full detailed review. I can tell you that Allied is a huge misfire from Robert Zemeckis and Brad Pitt. The film looks like it was filmed on a sound stage. I kept waiting for a camera to come flying in or the assistant director to yell cut. The premise of Allied is basically Brad Pitt being informed that his wife Marion Cotillard is a possible spy. The problem from the outset is that Allied doesn’t do a good enough job selling the romance aspect between the two leads. Both performances by Pitt and Cotillard seem wooden and disinterested, so we never really feel a connection between the two. In the end, it doesn’t really matter if she is a spy or not because we just never care about the characters. What is left is Pitt’s character making asinine decisions trying to prove her innocence. Allied and Zemeckis try way to hard trying to evoke hokey, hollow emotion that simply isn’t earned. Years from now, the only thing we will remember this film for is that it fueled the tabloids in the “Brangelina” break up. (2 stars)

Steve’s Take

One of the few flicks I was happy to miss. This one would have me picking out my eyelashes one at a time and that’s a fact.

Bad Santa 2

BAD SANTA 2 returns Academy Award (R)-winner BILLY BOB THORNTON to the screen as America’s favorite anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (TONY COX), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is ‘the kid’ – chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (BRETT KELLY), a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity. Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Academy Award (R), Golden Globe and Emmy-winner KATHY BATES, as Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke. A super butch super bitch, Sunny raises the bar for the gang’s ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behavior. Willie is further burdened by lusting after the curvaceous and prim Diane, played by Emmy Award-nominee CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, the charity director with a heart of gold and libido of steel. You better watch out: BAD SANTA 2 is coming to town.

Scott’s Take

I love me some Bad Santa. I must have seen the film close to a dozen times. Bad Santa 2 is being ripped critically but this is one that I’m checking out regardless.

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

Rules Don’t Apply

An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) for whom they work. It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen, songwriter, and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes’ behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.

Scott’s Take

Warren Beatty back behind the camera in a film centered around Howard Hughes? Say no more. I’m in.

Steve’s Take

Not one for me, but more than half the critics have given it a positive review. Let’s see how it goes.

Gisell’s Take

Check out Gisell’s review here!

Lion

Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

Scott’s Take

Lion come out in limited release this week and is already generating it’s fair share of Oscar buzz. The trailer looks absolutely heart-wrenching. Look for this one to expand to more theaters in the coming weeks once word of mouth starts snowballing,

Steve’s Take

I’m not sold on just the trailer alone, but I definitely want to check this one out as soon as I can.

Next Week

Something for everyone this holiday weekend with Moana leading the way. Next week we slow down a bit to give everyone a breather as Oscar hopefuls start trickling in. We have Man Down and Jackie hitting theaters. Have a safe holiday everyone.