This frequently forgotten adaptation of Lewis Carroll's nonsense classic features a whole host of Hollywood stars, including Cary Grant, W.C. Fields, Gary Cooper, Sterling Holloway and Richard Arlen. 77 minutes (Opens Saturday 11/28)
Writer Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy) adapts Colm Tóibín's classically romantic novel about an Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan from Hanna and The Grand Budapest Hotel) who travels to 1950s Brooklyn where she falls into a new romance. When she's called back home to Ireland, however, she must choose between loves old and new and countries far and near. 111 minutes PG-13. (Opens Tuesday 11/24)
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Sylvester Stallone (who neither directs nor writes this film) takes a clever turn in this seventh Rocky movie by mostly staying out of the center ring. Written and directed by the man who gave us the gritty Fruitvale Station, this sporting drama focuses on the troubled son of late boxer Apollo Creed, who turns to Creed's old frenemy, former Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa, to serve as his trainer and mentor. Michael B. Jordan, last seen (or not) in Fantastic Four, is our young boxer-to-be. 132 minutes PG-13. (Opens Tuesday 11/24)
Director Penelope Spheeris returns to chronicle the rise of Los Angeles' outrageous glam metal scene in the mid-'80s in this cult fave documentary. Among the funny/tragic/rockin' interviewees-cum-performers are Ozzy Osbourne, Faster Pussycat, Poison, Vixen, W.A.S.P., Alice Cooper, Lizzy Borden, Kiss and Megadeath 93 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 11/27)
Pixar and Disney imagine a world in which a rogue asteroid didn't wipe out the dinosaurs, allowing them to live hand-in-hand (so to speak) with humans. Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliott provide some of the voices for this tale of a gentle Apatosaurus who makes an unlikely human friend while traveling through a mysterious primeval landscape. FULL REVIEW:Pixar stumbles following after a (dinosaur) boy and his (human) dog by Devin D. O’Leary (11/26/2015). 100 minutes PG. (Opens Tuesday 11/24)
Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (This Is Not a Movie, The Circle, The White Balloon) has been banned from making movies in his native country for years. So, for this puckish piece of propaganda, he posed as a taxi driver, mounted a camera inside his vehicle and picked up a variety of funny, sad, poignant characters on the streets of Tehran. In Farsi with English subtitles. 82 minutes Unrated. (Opens Monday 11/30)
Filmmaker Daniel Glick documents the story of native New Mexico poet Jimmy Santiago Baca from his childhood in Estancia to his famous stint in an Arizona prison to his transformation into an esteemed poet. Through extensive interviews with friends, family, peers and Baca himself, A Place to Stand explores both the man and his mind. 105 minutes Unrated. (Opens Monday 11/30)
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn star in this popular 1953 romance about a bored and sheltered princess who escapes her guardians only to fall in love with an American reporter on assignment in Rome. 118 minutes Unrated. (Opens Sunday 11/29)
Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor star in this romantic comedy, set in Corsica, about a nomad and a tourist who gradually develop a fondness for each other as they orchestrate "tamashas" (a traditional form of Marathi theater) across the island. In Hindi with English subtitles. 139 minutes Unrated. (Opens Wednesday 11/25)
Bryan Cranston stars as infamously blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Douglas Trumbo in this well-acted, by-the-book (the one written by Bruce Cook) biopic. Diane Lane, Hellen Mirren, Alan Tudyk and Louis C.K. co-star for director Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents). 124 minutes R. (Opens Tuesday 11/24)
Four fresh-out-of-college friends embark on an incredible, outdoor adventure--escorting a herd of wild mustangs from Mexico to Canada across the spine of the American West. This beautifully shot documentary captures their real-life, 3000-mile, border-to-border journey. The filmmakers manage to deconstruct the myth of the American cowboy, while at the same time examining both sides of the environmental debate over "excess" horse roundups by the Bureau of Land Management. 106 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 11/27)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein gets the jokey, anachronistic "bro" treatment Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes got in the Robert Downey Jr./Jude Law movies. James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) is the sexy Dr. Frankenstein, while Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter himself) is his decidedly un-hunchbacked assistant Igor. The script comes from hotshot screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra). 109 minutes PG-13. (Opens Tuesday 11/24)
Back in 2010 a bunch of Chilean miners got trapped underground for more than two months. Their epic rescue played out on evening newscasts around the world. Here, then, is the fictionalized version of what happened. Basically they sat around in the dark and hoped they didn't die. It's inspiring as a tale of survival, but it's not particularly dramatic. Some of the actors (Antonio Banderas, notably) try hard. But the decision to shoot it in English with an international cast is ... odd. Gabriel Byrne wins the Weirdest Accent Award for his half-Spanish, half-Irish brogue. FULL REVIEW:Real-life drama about trapped miners can’t dig itself out of “inspirational biopic” trap by Devin D. O’Leary (11/12/2015). 127 minutes PG-13.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Flowers of Shanghai, Millenium Mambo) directs this lush, atmospheric martial arts drama about a female assassin (Shu Qi, The Transporter) who accepts a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in 9th century China. Slow but never less than artfully composed, this is one of the most beautiful wuxia epics since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. In Mandarin with English subtitles. 105 minutes Unrated.
Brad Pitt plays a famous author suffering from that most boring of cinematic ailments, writer's block. He and his melancholic, Yves Saint Laurent-bedecked wife (real-life spouse Angelina Jolie) head to a picturesque hotel on the rural Maltese coast for some R&R. He drinks at the local tavern from dusk till dawn, and she wallows in bed all day. Occasionally they hook up to trade passive-aggressive barbs about their unhappy marriage. It's clear what Jolie (who also wrote and directed this one) was aiming for--a recreation of European art house films of the 1960s and '70s. The look is there, but the mopey narrative (what little there is) is a tedious slog to sit through. 132 minutes R.
Author R.L. Stine's iconic kiddy horror series Goosebumps gets a winkingly self-referential movie adaptation. Jack Black plays Stine, who teams up with his young daughter and a teenage boy after his imaginary monsters come to life in a tiny Maryland town. All your childhood favorites--from Slappy the Dummy to the Abominable Snowman of Pasadena--stop by for cameos. 103 minutes PG.
Jennifer Lawrence finally gets around to overthrowing the evil futuristic government in this, the fourth film of the Hunger Games trilogy. This surprisingly dark outing takes its time getting to the epic final seige. But fans will eat it up anyway. 137 minutes PG-13.
Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Alex Borstein, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde star in this actor-stuffed comedy about four generations of a dysfunctional family getting together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. Hijinks ensue. 106 minutes PG-13.
Matt Damon is an astronaut who gets left for dead on Mars after a manned mission goes horribly awry. Stuck on the red planet with only minimal supplies and his scientific mind, our hero must figure out a way to survive based on ingenuity, wit and spirit. Ridley Scott (Alien) directs. It's based, of course, on the best-selling book by Andy Weir. 141 minutes PG-13.
The makers of This Is the End and Neighbors turn their raunchy senses of humor toward the yuletide season. A man who's about to become a father for the first time (Seth Rogen) spends Christmas Eve with his two lifelong pals (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie) searching New York City for a legendary party. Booze, drugs, pervasive sexual content and general hijinks ensue. 101 minutes R.
This computer-animated update of the Peanuts TV specials we all grew up watching does fairly reverent job of mirroring the classic 2D style of artist Charles M. Schulz' famous comic strip characters. The thin story revolves around eternal loser Charlie Brown's attempts to woo the newly arrived Little Red-Headed Girl in school. The rest is running gags, cribbed from the comic strips and assembled by Bryan and Craig Schulz. Purists will probably still grouse, but it's a great jumping-off point for new fans of Snoopy and the gang. 93 minutes G.
A young mother (Brie Larson, last seen in Trainwreck) and her 5-year-old son live in a 10-by-10-foot room, completely cut off from the outside word. Mom attempts to raise young Jack (incredible newcomer Jacob Tremblay) in the best way she can. But when things begin to change in Room, she concocts a plan for Jack to escape. What follows is a fascinating existential drama in which Jack's perception of the universe is suddenly and violently expanded beyond the four tiny walls he's known for his entire life. Director Lenny Abrahamson (who gave us the wonderfully weird musical drama Frank) infuses this claustrophobic drama about growth and change with a palpable tension. He's helped immensely by his two stars, who share a thoroughly believable mother-and-son chemistry. FULL REVIEW:Claustrophobic, mother-and-son drama traps the world between four walls by Devin D. O’Leary (11/19/2015). 118 minutes R.
Rising FBI investigators (Chiwitel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts) are torn apart when the teenage daughter of their district-attorney supervisor (Nicole Kidman) is brutally murdered. Thirteen years later, a shocking clue brings the unsolved case back to life. It's a remake of Juan José Campanella's Oscar-winning 2009 Argentine thriller of the same name. This one won't be winning any Oscars. 111 minutes PG-13.
A "cryptic message from his past" sends superspy James Bond (Daniel Craig) on the trail of the sinister organization secretly responsible for so many of his greatest battles. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) in on bad guy and "explaining stuff" duty. The action is extremely Bond-like. And this is a tidy (perhaps too tidy) wrap-up of Craig's run as 007. If you haven't memorized the last three films, however, this one's overly intricate script will lose you in minutiae. 148 minutes PG-13.
Actor/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor) writes and directs this serious, sweeping true story about how Boston Globe reporters uncovered a massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. This journalistic procedural lays as much blame on the media as the churches. The big cast (Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci) is in rare form, and the muckraking script is gripping (if a bit prosaic). 128 minutes R.
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The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe offering is smaller than its fellow superhero movies in a number of ways. Paul Rudd is fine and dandy as a cat burglar recruited by an aging scientist (Michael Douglas) to don a powerful shrinking suit and fight the bad guys. The size-changing special effects are a blast, but the film is neither fish nor fowl. There's not enough humor to make it a comedy, and too little action to compete with the big boys of summer. It's perfectly entertaining in moments, but this one needed a lot more style and spark to avoid the "generic Marvel movie" pit it occasionally stumbles into. FULL REVIEW:Marvel gets small for latest addition to its cinematic universe by Devin D. O’Leary (7/23/2015). 117 minutes PG-13.
Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright and Emily Watson star in this high-altitude drama "inspried by the incredible true events surrounding a trecherous attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain." In a nutshell, eight climbers died when they were caught in a blizzard back in 1996. Four other people died that year, making it the deadliest year atop Everest on record. Until 2014 when 18 people died. The moral: Never climb Mt. Everest. 121 minutes PG-13.
Pixar mixes up another can't-miss instaclassic. This stunningly original, digitally animated toon takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl and introduces us to the anthropomorphized feelings at work inside her head. Chief among them is Joy (perfect Amy Poehler), who's stuck working with a bunch of negative Nellies (Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust). But when Joy and Sadness get lost in the recesses of the young girl's mind, the film warps from an inventive workplace comedy to a wildly imaginative, Willy Wonka-esque fantasy. It seems silly to say that a film about emotions is emotional, but trust me when I say this film has all the feels! FULL REVIEW:Pixar’s emotional new fantasy has all the feels by Devin D. O’Leary (6/25/2015). 94 minutes PG.
I'm not upset that Hollywood has decided to make a third Jurassic Park sequel. Because, you know, money. I am, however, ticked off that the fictional executives at InGen thought they could get away with this. Did someone at the corporation send out a memo saying, "Hey, everybody. Remember that dinosaur theme park we were trying to open? You know, the one where the tourists kept getting eaten over and over and over again? Well, we're pretty sure we've got all the kinks worked out. Fourth time's the charm!" I mean, come on. ... Ah, well, at least we've got Chris Pratt. He's cool. 124 minutes PG-13.
When will futuristic dystopian leaders learn? Never mess with teenagers; they'll bring you down every time. (See for reference: the Divergent series, the Hunger Games series, et al.). Despite its strict adherence to the tropes of the genre, the second installment of the Maze Runner series makes for some exciting post-apocalyptic entertainment. It's mostly a bunch of personality-deficient kids running from evil adults and the occasional zombie horde, but the pace is breathless and the production design is impeccably bleak. This one plays mighty fast and loose with James Dashner's original novels (which don't make a whole lot of sense anyway), so it's hard to tell how hardcore YA lit fans will react. But the mediocre script and gripping action is probably enough to carry audiences into a third film. 131 minutes PG-13.
The lovable yellow sidekicks from the Despicable Me films finally get their own spin-off. History tells us that the Minions have been around since the dawn of time, looking for evildoers to whom they can pledge their slavish devotion. This hectic, anarchy-driven toon takes us to swingin' '60s London where a trio of semi-moronic Minions try to help the world's first female supervillain (voiced by Sandra Bullock) steal the Crown Jewels. The plot is terribly inconsequential--but it's hard to deny the silly fun to be had along the way. 91 minutes PG.
Hollywood takes another uninspired stab at revamping J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan story. This one plays out as a "prequel," explaining how a 12-year-old orphan named Peter (Levi Miller) wound up in Neverland battling evil pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) alongside an adventurous young Hook (Garrett Hedlund). Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) directs heavily tampered-with fantasy. 111 minutes PG.
A successful lobbyist (Sanaa Lathan, The Best Man) meets a charming IT expert (Michael Ealy, Think Like a Man) who appears to fit the title description. After the two jump into bed for some sexual satisfaction, however, he turns violent, jealous and vengeful. Basically, this bad romance thriller is a Lifetime network movie in the theater. 100 minutes PG-13.
From the writer-director of such Christian films as Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous comes this drama about a "seemingly perfect" African-American family who try to fix their problems (hubby grapples with "temptation"--maybe from Ashley Madison?) with the help of an older, wiser, Bible-endorsing woman. Spoiler alert: All they need is prayer. 120 minutes PG.
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