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Straight Outta Compton

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. — (C) Universal Pictures

Scott’s Take

Besides Carol, if there is one movie that has a legitimate gripe for not being nominated for Best Picture in this years Oscars, it’s Straight Outta Compton. This film is absolutely fantastic and is a movie to go out and buy, not rent. Easily my pick of the week.

Steve’s Take

I’m with Scott on this one – it really doesn’t matter if you know the story on this one. That is what the movie is for. Check it out this week if you can. Here is what David had to say about Straight Outta Compton.

Everest

2 Guns helmer Baltasar Kormakur directs Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, and John Hawkes in this adventure docudrama set in 1996, when a number of simultaneous expeditions up Mount Everest resulted in the deaths of eight climbers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Everest is a movie that I missed out on last year that I heard nothing but good things about. The caveat is I definitely want to own the 3D version.

Steve’s Take

This is one that you will want to check out as well. It is a solid film and you should absolutely see it in 3D if you can!

The Intern

A retired successful business owner and widower lands an internship at a fashion website run by a young, career-driven woman. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Another film that seemed like a hit or miss with the audience last year. Either they liked the intern of they thought it was Redbox fodder. Me? I’m all in, especially with the talent involved.

Steve’s Take

I love De Niro, so I might be a bit biased on this one. I caught this one late in 2015 and I was satisfied with it. It is one that you won’t be disappointed with if you go in knowing that it is not an award winning comedy.

Woodlawn

In 1973, a spiritual awakening captures the hearts of the Woodlawn High School Football team. Lead by their coach, Tandy Geralds, and fueled by the team’s dedication to love and unity in a school filled with racism and hate, the team makes an astounding run at the playoffs, leading to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, Alabama, and the rise of it’s first African American superstar – Tony Nathan

Scott’s Take

Woodlawn is a very good film that simply is getting caught in the numbers game. Remember the Titans started the movie trend of race in football. especially in the early days and I think a lot of these films based on segregation get lost in the mix. Woodlawn was a tough sell.

Steve’s Take

Remember the Titans is the one that immediately comes to mind when I think of Woodlawn. This is a good one that not enough people saw.

Jem and the Holograms

Jem and the Holograms rock their way to the big screen in this live-action adaptation of he popular 1980′s cartoon. Nashville star Aubrey Peeples takes front stage as Jerrica Benton (aka Jem, with Stefanie Scott jamming the keyboard as Kimber, Aurora Perrineau slapping the bass as Shana, and Hayley Kiyoki on lead guitar as Aja. Jon M. Chu directs from a script by Ryan Landels for Blumhouse Productions and Scooter Braun Productions. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Scott’s Take

I will preface this by saying I never watched the television show growing up but Jem and the Holograms looks dreadful. I guess this is the movie for the hard core fans of the television show. No thank you.

Steve’s Take

Pass.

Next Week

So, Straight Outta Compton which got snubbed big time in the Oscar race is our big winner this week. Others like Everest and The Intern are good entertainment also, but Straight Outta Compton is superb. Next week we slow down a bit with Goosebumps for the kiddos, Burnt with Bradley Cooper and Spike Lee’s Chi-Ra. Have a great week everyone.