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The Peanuts Movie

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day. (C) Fox

Scott’s Take

Everyone seems to love The Peanuts Movie, particularly Steve and Hot Chief. Me, I don’t have little kids running around so I wasn’t jumping up to the front of the line to see this one.  After their raves, I will be checking this one out this weekend.

Steve’s Take

I never got an opportunity to write an actual review for The Peanuts Movie, but I highly recommend it if you have children. Even if you don’t have kids and you just feel like reliving something from your own childhood, you should at least check it out. What do you have to lose? Gun to my head? I give this bad boy 3.5 stars.

In the Heart of the Sea

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. (C) Warner Bros

Scott’s Take

I was EXTREMELY disappointed with In the Heart of the Sea. It is a movie that is supposed to be about the most famous whale of all time, Moby Dick. It’s also a movie that features maybe 15 minutes of actual whale time. In the Heart of the Sea reminded me a lot of Unbroken as it focused primarily on a group of people lost at sea for days. It’s not necessarily a bad movie. Don’t shy away from it on Redbox, but temper your enthusiasm.

Steve’s Take

I missed the screening for this one, but I was immediately told by many people (including Scott) that I didn’t miss much. I would probably see more whale time at home on Netflix.

Victor Frankenstein

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. (C) Fox

Scott’s Take

I, like a lot of other people didn’t see Victor Frankenstein. I just feel like I have seen countless versions of this film. Origin story or not, what else is it going to actually bring to the table. That being said, my wife wants to see it. So you know what that means?

Steve’s Take

I have no desire to see this one and neither does my wife – looks like I am clear to go about my week without seeing it.

Next Week

So my pick of the week sight unseen is The Peanuts Movie, based on most of our staff’s reactions to the film. Next week is a HUGE week of releases with a slew of Oscar nominated films like The Big Short, Carol, and Brooklyn. We also have the hilarious Sisters out Blu, the fifth season of Game of Thrones, and to a lesser extent Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip.