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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Scott’s Take

Two or three nostalgic scenes don’t justify the whole movie. Rogue One isn’t necessarily a bad film, but it isn’t the greatness people are declaring. Shoulder shrug. (2.5 out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

You all know my feelings on Star Wars. Those might be changing soon. I just got a feeling.

Gisell’s Take

Check out Gisell’s review here!

Paterson

Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey–they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

Scott’s Take

I LOVED Paterson. Such an understated and great film. Don’t miss this one! (4.5 out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

Haven’t seen it yet, but I will make the time this week.

Office Christmas Party

In OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, when the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he (T.J. Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. The latest comedy from directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck (BLADES OF GLORY) co-stars Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Sam Richardson, Jamie Chung, and Courtney B. Vance in the funniest movie of the holiday season.

Scott’s Take

Yawn. Office Christmas Party is nothing we haven’t seen before. Raunchy and predictable. (1.5 out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

With Office Christmas Party, you know exactly what you are walking in to. That being said, I am now 3 for 3 in not seeing these new releases this week. I will check it out soon!

Next Week

Obviously people are going to flock to Rogue One, but my pick of the week is Paterson. Next week we have Hidden Figures, Lion, The Bye Bye Man, and Toni Erdmann. Have a wonderful week everyone.