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Arrival

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team–lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)–are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers–and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Scott’s Take

Color me one of the few people that wasn’t blown away by Arrival. I thought it was solid, but by no means did I think it was great. However, I do feel that Mrs. Adams was snubbed for an Oscar nomination. She is fantastic, as usual.

Steve’s Take

I just saw Arrival over the weekend and I must say it was quite enjoyable. Very well done all around.

Gisell’s Take

Check out Gisell’s review here!

Ralph’s Take

Check out Ralph’s review here!

The Edge of Seventeen

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is a new coming-of-age movie in the vein of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club – an honest, candid, often hilarious look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s modern world. Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine’s well-meaning but completely ineffective mother, and Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board. The Edge of Seventeen is produced by Academy Award winner James L. Brooks – the filmmaker behind big-screen, character-driven classics such as Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, Big, Say Anything, The Simpsons, Jerry Maguire and As Good as It Gets.

Scott’s Take

The Edge of Seventeen is another good but not great film. But, it has enough wit and humor to definitely check it out.

Steve’s Take

Haven’t seen this one yet, but I will make it happen this week.

Ralph’s Take

Check out Ralph’s review here!

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, has been hailed as a hero and brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the Iraq conflict with America’s celebration back home.

Scott’s Take

I have heard mixed reviews from fellow colleagues on this one. Some say it’s great while others say it’s a tedious one trick pony that gets old real fast. Anyone else care to chime in?

Steve’s Take

I’ve heard the same, but I don’t know that I will get to this one this week.

Bleed For This

BLEED FOR THIS is the incredible true story of one of the most inspiring and unlikely comebacks in sports history. Miles Teller (Whiplash, Divergent) stars as Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, a local Providence boxer who shot to stardom after winning two world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves Vinny with a broken neck, he is told he may never walk again. Against all odds and doctor’s orders, renowned trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) agrees to help Vinny return to the ring just a year after the accident for what could be the last fight of his life.

Scott’s Take

I am at the point in which anything Miles Teller does, aside from a Divergent movie, I am going to watch. This true story on Vinny Pazienza actually looks fascinating.

Steve’s Take

Agree 100% with Scotty P!

Next Week

Arrival is my pick of the week. Next week more Oscar contenders roll out with Manchester By the Sea, Nocturnal Animals, and Hacksaw ridge. Have a great week everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day!!