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Hacksaw Ridge

HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Scott’s Take

Check out Scott’s review here!

Steve’s Take

This takes me back to some of the big misses I had in 2016. I will get to this one ASAP.

Manchester By the Sea

After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.

Scott’s Take

Manchester By the Sea is a fantastic and terribly depressing drama that is anchored by a fabulous performance by Casey Affleck. One of the year’s top three movies, don’t wait on checking this one out before Oscar Sunday.

Steve’s Take

If it is one thing I don’t want to see right now, it is a depressing drama.

Nocturnal Animals

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS.

Scott’s Take

Much like The Neon Demon, Nocturnal Animals will have you firmly planted on one side of the fence. I happened to love The Neon Demon, so you know what side of the fence I stand on.

Steve’s Take

I have heard everything there is to hear about this one. One more that I will catch up on this week.

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 loved loved loved me some Bad Santa. I have yet to see the sequel but I hear it is awful, This. Makes. Scott. Sad.

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

Next Week

This week we have a primer of sorts for wannabe Oscar winners. Hacksaw Ridge, Manchester By the Sea and Nocturnal Animals are all well fantastic. Next week we don’t slow down. Moonlight, Doctor Strange, Allied, Rules Don’t Apply, and Shut In hit shelves. Have a great weekend everyone.