Leftovers of December
Starring: Michael Fassbender,
IMDb: 7.4 of 11,211 ratings
Box-Office- 9.3 Million
One movie that didn’t get much discussion in United States was Macbeth. A Shakespearean play adapted and updated for film. This film features some amazing work by Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. It was very well done and if you enjoy a Shakespearean drama then I suggest you find a means to watch this film.
Jack’s Movie Review on Youtube
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hammil, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega,
Box-Office: 1,2 Billion
For once, the movie so many have waited for the entire year came out. Even better was that for many, it was just as good or better than the hype and anticipation. This is a special film and everyone who worked on it should get some respect for the high-quality and must win style of this film. It is beautiful, well-acted for the most part, and exciting. From kids new to Star Wars to the oldest fans, there is something of value for all to see.
Jack’s Movie Reviews
Matter of Taste
The Big Short
Genre: Genre: Biographical, Drama.
Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Karen Gillan,
Box-Office: Domestic 19.9 Million
Worldwide 21.4 Million
IMDb: 8.2 of 7,646 votes
The Big Short features a great cast of Carell, Gosling, Pitt, Tomei, and Bale. It tells the story of the people who uncovered the troubles that led to the 2008 economic collapse. I’m very mixed on the film. On one hand, people should know that some saw this coming and tried to stop it. That the higher powers that be allowed things to fail. However, this movie has felt more of a celebration of these select few. That they not only saw it coming, but took it out on the banks and thoses responsible. Millions in this country are still struggling because of this collapse and so I feel any celebration of these “heroes” is premature.
A great review of The Big Short by Reel Red Reviews is linked below
Genre: Biographical- Comedy, Drama
Starring: Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence
Budget: 60 Million
Box-Office- Domestic: 22.4 Foreign: 2 Million
IMDb: 6.6 of 7,903 ratings
The story of Joy, founder and powerful matriarch who created a business dynasty. This film has an exceptional cast with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and of course Jennifer Lawrence leading the cast. The word is that Joy certainly has some positives, but it fails in several places making it a weaker movie that many would hope. It’s not terrible, but not the best of this year.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell
Box-Office- Domestic- 52.1 Foreign- 4.4 Million
IMDb: 6.6 of 2,964
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are back together in Daddy’s Home.
Love or hate Will Ferrell, he does make a movie that turns off your brain (if you are someone who can do that) and make you chuckle. I’ve never been one to be able to shut down and enjoy so this movie isn’t for me. However, if you are, then this may be a fun stupid comedy.
Genre: Horror,Fantasy, Black-Comedy.
Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette,
IMDb: 6.8 of 10,109
Box-Office: Domestic 41.1 Million
Foreign: 15.4 Million
Did you enjoy Trick r’ Treat (2007)? Well director Michael Dougherty is back with his new horror comedy. This time about the legendary demon of Christmas known as Santa..(Oops wrong demon), I mean Krampus. A great mix of horror and comedy in what turned out to be a better horror film that most that come out these days. A new horror holiday classic for some I’m sure.
Michael, a movie fanatic and fan of Michael Dougherty work was kind enough to write up a review for me. Click the link below to see it.
Starring: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Luke Wilson.
IMDb:6.9 of 4,555
Box-Office: 14 Million
Will Smith continued his stronger 2015 (Focus) and now with an impressive performance as Dr. Bennet Omalu in Concussion. As you could guess from the title, the film deals with concussions and the medical advancements which helped uncover the dangers, especially in how they relate to the NFL. Many firmly believe that the NFL withheld scientific date which showed the dangerous effects of brain trauma. From various crippling illnesses, to mental disorders, and increased risk of suicide. Dr. Bennet Omalu was one of the first to find this link and demand the NFL bring this to public view. This movie tells the world the dangers of concussions in sports and in general, but also challenges the actions of the NFL during the 2000’s. It would appear their negligence in the name of profits were borderline criminal.
IMDb: 6.6 of 3,531
Box-Office: Domestic 37.1 Million, Foreign: 2.9 Million
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler team up once again for another successful comedy film about two sisters throwing one last epic party and having misadventures. Again, if you are looking for a comedy that makes you think. This probably isn’t for you. Not without its positives of course, but you need to enjoy the work of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler together. Chances are if you like Baby Mama (2008), then you’ll like this film.
Reel Red Reviews wrote an awesome review of Sisters. Check it out with the link below.
In the Heart of the Sea
Genre: Historical, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Brendan Gleeson
IMDb: 7.1 of 17,028
Box-Office: Domestic22.3 Million
Foreign: 53.8 Million
Based on the true events which eventually inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. About a giant white whale who happens to be a bit of a dick. (Though to be fair, if I was a whale, I’d be taking all sorts of wrath out on whalers too.) I look at this movie and I’m not astounded by what I see. I feel Ron Howard can make great films and I know Chris Hemsworth is more than just Thor, he can actually act. However, something about this movie just turns me off. Perhaps it is the idea that the whalers are the good guys? (Or are they?) Rest assured that I will be rooting and cheering on the whale in this film.
Turns out, the whale made more of a cameo in this film. It’s really a story of survival. Still, I didn’t care about any of the people trying to survive. I didn’t like them and would have rather seen the whale crush them. The movie has some really awesome shots and there are moments of action and tension, but much of it winds up just being boring.
Reel Dude Reviews brought out a very honest truth about In the Heart of the Sea.
On the Border
The Danish Girl
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance Starring: Alicia Vikander, Eddie Redmayne,
IMDb: 6.1 of 6,144
A fictitious love story inspired by two Danish artists, Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.
Jack Movie Review gives an honest review of this film. If interested, check it out here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dwb8I2I2ISI
Point Break– Gee, never saw this movie being awful. Oh wait, I did and so did many others. Watch the original.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip– Are you shocked this failed? It had failure written all over it from the start.