Opening this Weekend: December 23

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Santa,  Can I see finally go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Yes, Davidcito you can!

With the juggernaut that is Star Wars VII opening this month it is almost easy to miss other movies, that are no slouches by the way, also opening in December. Studios deliver their films with anticipation of discovering which are serious Oscar contenders (Joy, The Revenant and Concussion), surprises like Anomalisa and Youth, and not to mention a few we are looking forward ( The Big Short, Chi-Raq and The World of Kanako).  So whether you choose to checkout that indie movie you’ve heard so much about, or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.
-Myrna E. Duarte

December 23 (Wednesday)

45 Years (Limited)


Stars:  Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James

Directed By: Andrew Haigh

Synopsis: In the week leading up to their 45th wedding anniversary, a couple receive an unexpected letter which contains potentially life changing news.

Our Two Cents: The trailer alone delivers powerhouse performances.

Where to Invade Next (Limited)


Stars: Krista Kiuru, Michael Moore, Tim Walker |

Directed By: Michael Moore

Synopsis: To learn what the USA can gain from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades” them to see what they have to offer.

Our Two Cents: I’m looking forward to this, always down for a good Michael Moore doc.

December 25 (Christmas)



Stars: Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin 

Directed By: Peter Landseman

Synopsis: In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

Our Two Cents:  Looking forward to seeing Smith bring his A game.

Daddy’s Home


Stars:  Linda Cardellini, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell

Directed By: Sean Anders

Synopsis: A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.

Our Two Cents: Not even the trailer looks funny.


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Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro 

Directed By: David O. Russell

Synopsis: Joy is the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

Our Two Cents: Lawrence plays Joy Mangano, a young single mother of three who becomes a successful businesswoman after inventing the Miracle Mop. This looks like it may even be better than David O. Russell’s past few films, I’m in. 

Point Break

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Stars: Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, Édgar Ramírez

Directed By: Ericson Core

Synopsis: A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. Point Break is inspired by the classic 1991 hit.

Our Two Cents: Can’t I just watch the original Point Break?

The Hateful Eight (Limited)


Stars: Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell

Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

Synopsis: In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?

Our Two Cents: Excited to find out what tricks Tarantino has up his sleeve.

The Revenant (Limited)



Stars: Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Domhnall Gleeson

Directed By: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Synopsis: In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

Our Two Cents:  This trailer looks stellar! Don’t miss this.

December 30 (Wednesday)

Anomalisa (Limited)

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Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

Directed By: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman

Synopsis: A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

Our Two Cents: Anomalisa is a stop-motion animated film co-directed by the genius Charlie Kaufman and animator Duke Johnson and looks absolutely delicious to me. 

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