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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. (c) Fox

Scott’s Take

I LOVED Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a huge surprise for me, so I had big expectations going into the sequel. This film doesn’t disappoint. It’s my pick of the week and a must own.

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

As Above So Below

Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the secret of what this city of the dead was meant to contain. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all. Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil) and directed by John Erick Dowdle, the psychological thriller is produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Drew Dowdle and Patrick Aiello. Alex Hedlund serves as the executive producer. (C)Universal

Scott’s Take

My wife can’t wait to see As Above So Below.  I hate the title of this movie because I can never remember it.  Anyway, any movie that presents that queasy feeling of claustrophobia is a winner in my book. I will be checking this one out this weekend.

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

The Hundred Foot Journey

In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award (R)-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own, escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing. (c) Disney

Scott’s Take

Another movie my wife absolutely loved. She said it was a perfect date night film..that makes you hungry. My idea of a perfect date night film is something with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Comprises people. Compromises.

Steve’s Take

This is one that I will probably not get a chance to see any time soon, but that I encourage you to check out if you have the time. We had a guest reviewer on this one, so take it away Natalie!

Natalie’s Take

Check out Natalie’s review here!

The Strain

A vampiric virus spreads through New York City.

Scott’s Take

I have about 3 episodes left to watch and I have to say I like the first season of The Strain. It isn’t perfect, but it gets a lot of things right. Besides anything show that can seamlessly give Corey Stoll hair is doing something right.

Steve’s Take

I haven’t seen an episode of The Stain yet and I probably will not. Stick with Scotty on this one.

Next Week

All four main releases this week are worth a look, especially Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Next week we have the fantastic Guardians of the Galaxy, Dolphin Tale 2, When the Game Stands Tall and Under the Dome: Season Two. Have a great weekend everyone and get that Christmas tree up already!