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Spectre

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.

Scott’s Take

Check out Scott’s review here!

Steve’s Take

You’re either a fan of 007 or simply uninterested. How about that for some insight.

Crimson Peak

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak. From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes a supernatural mystery starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam (C) Universal

Scott’s Take

Enjoy Crimson Peak for the fantastic set pieces and creepy, Gothic atmosphere. If you go in expecting to be scared, you will be disappointed. Guillermo del Toro is more interested in transporting you to another period of time and throwing in a splash of ghosts for good measure. I loved Crimson Peak.

Steve’s Take

I was with Scott up until he said he loved Crimson Peak. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. Give it a test run on Red Box before making a decision to buy it.

Love the Coopers

LOVE THE COOPERS follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.

Scott’s Take

How many movies do we have about families getting together and arguing around Christmas time? Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t Love the Coopers as it ended its run with an abysmal 19%. Yeah, I think I’ll Redbox this one.

Steve’s Take

These kinds of movies never get old for me because I am that kind of person when it comes to movies involving Christmas. I missed the screening for this one, so I will check it out this week.

Grandma

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle’s granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. (C) Sony Classics

Scott’s Take

I have heard nothing but great things about Grandma, especially the performance of Lily Tomlin who many feel was shunned from the Oscar race. I guess if no one saw the movie, it’s hard to gain the momentum. I will be watching Grandma on the plane home from Vegas.

Steve’s Take

I’m with Scott on this one. Although I am not in Vegas and won’t be on a plane, I will try to check it out somehow.

The Leftovers: Season Two

Season 2 opens in Jarden, Texas, aka Miracle, a town known the world over for not losing a single person to the “Sudden Departure,” and one where Kevin (Justin Theroux), Jill (Margaret Qualley), Nora (Carrie Coon) and baby Lily hope to start anew with a clean slate. Preceded by Matt (Christopher Eccleston), who’s found a new preaching gig, and his wife, Mary (Janel Moloney), they’re welcomed by their new neighbors and lifelong residents Erika (Regina King) and John Murphy (Kevin Carroll). The latter, however, is leery of charlatans and carpetbaggers who seek to profit from Miracle’s reputation, but that stature is called into question after three young girls vanish without a trace. Back on the East Coast, Tom (Chris Zylka) goes undercover to lure skeptics from the Guilty Remnant, while Laurie (Amy Brenneman) works on a tell-all book to expose the chain-smoking cult’s silent campaign of intimidation. Also starring Ann Dowd, Liv Tyler, Jovan Adepo, Steven Williams and Jasmin Savoy Brown.

Scott’s Take

I thought season one of The Leftovers was intriguing yet horribly depressing. I considered ending my relationship and skipping season 2. Boy am I glad I didn’t. Next to Game of Thrones, The Leftovers: Season Two was the best TV show I watched last year. The writing is just incredible. If you watched season one and jumped ship, now is your time to get back on. If you haven’t watched it at all, now is REALLY the time to get on board. Fantastic.

Steve’s Take

I jumped ship after the 4th episode of Season 1. I don’t think anything Scott just said is going to lure me back. I thought it was just awful, but it was a small sample. Give it a try at your own risk.

Next Week

Check out Spectre and Crimson Peak this week. Next week we have another massive slate of releases with the Oscar nominated Jobs with Michael Fassbender, Black Mass with Johnny Depp, The 33, and Bryan Cranston’s Oscar nominated performance in Trumbo. Have a great week everyone.