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Creed

Adonis Johnson Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, attempts to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a boxing legend in his own right. Apollo died in the ring in the 1980s at the hand of Russian pugilist Ivan Drago, forcing Adonis to grow up without his dad in his life. The young man travels to Philadelphia to find his late father’s nemesis-turned-best friend, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), in order to recruit him as a trainer. Balboa soon takes the young Creed under his wing and helps him get in shape for a shot at the title. Ryan Coogler directs this spin-off of the hugely successful Rocky franchise.

Scott’s Take

Check out Scott’s review here!

Steve’s Take

Sly was robbed! I won’t say much here about this one as Scott and Claudio have you covered. Great flick and it is not to be missed.

Claudio’s Take

Check out Claudio’s review here!

The Night Before

Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.

Scott’s Take

I’m just not into movies that use other people’s drug use as comedy. It’s sort of like going out with a group of friends and everyone is drunk but you. The Night Before feels that way for me. No. Thank. You.

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

Room

Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, ROOM is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his Ma (Brie Larson) escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all–his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma.

Scott’s Take

Room is not for everyone. It is an emotionally disturbing film that features a powerhouse performance by Bri Larson. For anyone that has kids, prepare to walk away from Room feeling very unsettled. Such a great film.

Steve’s Take

An outstanding film that just as Scott says, isn’t for everyone. Check it out because it is really fantastic and you can decide for yourself whether or not it is for you.

The Danish Girl

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. — (C) Focus Features

Scott’s Take

I actually watched this one on a plane a few weeks ago and I was surprised by how much I loved it. Alicia Vikander’s Oscar win last night was well deserved and Eddie Redmayne continues to make us forget about his whispering performance in Jupiter Ascending. Check this one out.

Steve’s Take

I am quickly becoming a fan of Alicia Vikander. She does some great work and I can’t wait to see more of her. The Danish Girl is a very solid film. That being said, it is one of those films that I would probably not have seen had I not gotten into this industry.

Legend

From Academy Award (R) winner Brian Helgeland comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an incredible performance. LEGEND is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray Twins.

Scott’s Take

I love Tom Hardy, but Legend feels like a bit of Tom Hardy overload. I missed the screening, but judging strictly by the trailer, the movie looks a tad over the top.

Steve’s Take

We did a giveaway to this one, but I missed the screening as it was around the craziness that was the holiday season. I am with Scott on this one.

Miss You Already

An honest and powerful story following two best friends, Milly and Jess, as they navigate life’s highs and lows. Inseparable since they were young girls, they can’t remember a time they didn’t share everything -secrets, clothes, even boyfriends — but nothing prepares them for the day Milly is hit with life-altering news.

Scott’s Take

My wife is dying to see this tearjerker. Sigh. I guess there is no way out for me.

Steve’s Take

Scott and I go through this every now and then. The tearjerking movie that his wife wants to see and that my wife knows nothing about. I’m so happy that she is wrapped around all of these shows.

Next Week

So we have three Oscar nominated films out this week. Check out Creed and Room if you haven’t already. Next week we have The Peanuts Movie, In the Heart of the Sea, and Viktor Frankenstein. Have a great week everyone.