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The Big Short

Writer/director Adam McKay joins forces with Paramount Pictures and Plan B Entertainment to adapt Michael Lewis’ best-seller The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, which centers on the housing a credit bubble of the 2000s. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Yeah, count me as one of the few that just doesn’t get all the love for The Big Short. I didn’t hate it, but I found it average at best. I can’t be the only one out there. Someone? Anyone? Don’t leave me alone on this island.

Steve’s Take

I’m with you on that island, Scott. While this one sits at 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, I just don’t get all of the love for it. It’s a decent flick and certainly not one that you will watch over and over again. No need to buy this one. If you want to check it out get it at the Red Box.

Sisters

SNL alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-star in this Universal Studios comedy about a pair of 30-something sisters who learn that their parents’ house has been put on the market, and who decide to spend one last rowdy weekend in the home where they grew up. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Check out Scott’s review here!

Steve’s Take

I have tried to watch Sisters 2 times and both times I got less than 30 minutes in. It’s not a knock on the movie, because it wasn’t the movie – it was me. I just wasn’t in the mood to watch it either time. 3rd time will be a charm and I hope to get that done this week.

Carol

In this adaptation of the novel “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith, Therese (Rooney Mara), a young department-store clerk in 1950s Manhattan, meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), a beautiful older woman stuck in a depressing marriage of convenience. As their bond deepens and they become romantically involved, Carol finds the strength to leave her husband (Kyle Chandler). Unfortunately, her spouse starts to raise questions about her fitness as a mother when he realizes that Carol’s relationships with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) and Therese are more than just friendships. Directed by Todd Haynes.

Scott’s Take

Carol is a brilliant and unconventional love story that should have replaced The Big Short on the Best Picture list. The acting, direction and cinematography are all fantastic. Carol is my pick of the week.

Steve’s Take

The screening for Carol was in December when I was up in Orlando entertaining my 4 year old son. On the surface, Carol feels like a big bore. I know that is not the case and I will give it its well deserved chance in the coming weeks.

Brooklyn

BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. (C) Fox Searchlight\

Scott’s Take

Brooklyn was the only film nominated for Best Picture that I haven’t gotten a chance to see yet. It looks fantastic and judging by it’s 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it seems to be just that. Besides, anything Saoirse Ronan does is must see in my opinon. Well, except for Hanna.

Steve’s Take

I have to admit that I missed this one as well. The end of the year is a busy time for me. It is time to play some catch-up.

Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season

Series 5 sees Daenerys Targaryen continue to grow in power which is not going unnoticed by those in Westeros. Elsewhere, Jon Snow faces some major changes on the wall and Aryra Stark continues on her quest for revenge.

Scott’s Take

The best show on T.V. PERIOD.

Steve’s Take

It is rare that I will purchase a season of a television show. That trend will continue with this one, but it is because there are other avenues for me to watch this over and over again. On demand is a great thing. If you do typically buy seasons of television shows then you need to get this one. There is no reason not to.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. (C) Fox

Scott’s Take

No. Thank. You.

Steve’s Take

My son would rather watch the television show. The movies do nothing for him. Or the rest of the country for that matter.

Next Week

We have an absolutely huge slate of releases this week. Check out the trifecta nominated for Oscars with The Big Short, Carol, and Brooklyn. Sisters may be the funniest film I saw last year and don’t forget Game of Thrones: Season Five. Next week we slow back down with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and Daddy’s Home. Have a great week everyone.