New on Blu – 12/22/15

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War Room

SYNOPSIS: Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all-great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident. (C) Sony

Scott’s Take

While I find nothing wrong with religious movies if they are made well, I find most of them to be cheap cash grabs made for a very low budget designed to lure in church groups. I saw my fair share of these films last year and I don’t think I liked any of them. Maybe War Room breaks that trend.

Steve’s Take

I am with Scott on this one. That being said, you can’t deny that WAR ROOM did great while it was in theaters. While it was made for a mere $3 million, it made nearly $68 million at the Box Office. Not too shabby at all. I might be forced to check this one out early next year after I am done with the top/worst 10 of 2015.

Pan

The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Scott’s Take

In what now seems like a blessing in disguise, I missed the Pan screening due to ungodly traffic. Maybe someone upstairs was looking out for me because everyone I’ve talked to about Pan says it’s an unmitigated disaster. It’s an origin story, so I will see it, but this isn’t something I’m looking forward too.

Steve’s Take

Root canal or PAN? Seriously, it is a tough choice, but gun to my head I choose PAN. That is not a ringing endorsement and PAN wins by just a hair.

Pawn Sacrifice

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world. (C) Bleecker Street

Scott’s Take

Searching for Bobby Fischer is one of my all time favorite movies. It completely caught me off guard. Pawn sacrifice looks like more of the same. This is the one i will be grabbing this week.

Steve’s Take

See my take for WAR ROOM

Next Week

My pick of the week is going to be Pawn Sacrifice. I haven’t actually seen it, but I have heard good things about it. War Room sort of intrigues me also. Next week we have A Walk in the Woods with Nick Nolte and Robert Redford, Hitman: Agent 47 and The Perfect Guy. Have a very Merry Christmas everyone.