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The Shack

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

Steve’s Take

I didn’t see The Shack, but there is such a huge difference in critic (21%) vs audience (83%) on this one. I will be able to give this one a shot at some point, but the reason for the difference in the two scores is that this is a niche film as it is a Christian film. It did manage to pull in almost $60 million domestically and over $93 million worldwide. If you have seen it, let us know what you thought!

Fist Fight

A mild-mannered high-school teacher (Charlie Day) is accused of getting a fellow teacher (Ice Cube) fired, and is challenged to a fight after the school day ends in this comedy directed by Richie Keen.

Steve’s Take

Well here is one in which the critics and audience agrees. It is straight up trash. I mean I don’t really think any expected this one to be good, did they? This one only made $32 million overall domestically and just $41 million worldwide.

Ralph’s Take

Check out Ralph’s review here!

Before I Fall

What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. As she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her–before she runs out of time for good.

Steve’s Take

I was shocked to find that Ralph didn’t check this one out. Anyway – this one seems like a safe bet if you want to get all caught up in YA. Enjoy.

Next Week

My pick of the week is The Shack by default. Next week Scotty P will take the wheel back and he will lead us in a discussion of A United Kingdom and some other stuff. Have a great week!