#12 La La Land, Jackie, Life Animated
Happy holidays loyal cinephiles! This week, the final show of the year, will feature three much anticipated and highly regarded by the critic community films. We start with the return-to-form musical by La La Land and we hope our cynicism doesn’t tarnish the loveliness of the picture. We move onto the dread-like score and stellar Natalie Portman performance in Jackie. We end the show with Life, Animated; the documentary that won hearts and minds with its creative delivery.
#11 American Honey, Elle, Complete Unknown
This week features three reviews that’ll take us across America’s roads, into a revenge story in France and ending with a mysterious identity-changing woman. American Honey is the years’ road trip and coming-of-age according to most: see if we agree or disagree. Elle tells the story of an older woman overcome with an intruder as well as figuring out how to exact vengeance. Complete Unknown has a woman with an ability to change careers and identities at will.
#10 Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, The Edge of Seventeen, Nerve
While Fantastic Beasts had some great visuals, its plotting needs some improvement. The coming-of-age tale, The Edge of Seventeen proves that a first-time writer, director and producer can accomplish a witty, smart and insightful film. The daring concept of Nerve however, fails at almost anything intriguing except to provide few snippets of entertainment.
#9 Arrival, Moonlight, Weiner
We hit a sci-fi flick, a coming of age tale and a political scandal. Curious as to which of these three new films will produce the best discussion? Let us know what you feel about the enigmatic and emotional one-two punch of Arrival and Moonlight. Is it important to view the all-too-familiar scandal of Anthony Weiner?s mayoral race in NYC as something more than business as usual? What kind of tragedy is there? We also discuss a little of what we?ve ben watching, including the prolific documentary 13th (Netflix).
#8 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, American Pastoral, Cafe Society
Halloween has passed. That means the ‘good’ Hollywood movies begin entering our theaters. We begin with the Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, wondering if it can compete with its predecessor. We continue with the newly actor-turned-director Ewan McGregor’s adaptation American Pastoral. Can such a comprehensive view of a family falling apart be handled well with the actor? Lastly, we look back a bit earlier in the year to Woody Allen’s latest film Cafe Society. The surprise here is that one of us really loved the film.
#7 The Accountant, The Girl On The Train, Yoga Hosers
An eclectic set of reviews we have for you this week. We see how a stone-faced Ben Affleck can show emotion in The Accountant. We aim for sobriety with Emily Blunt in The Girl On The Train. Finally, we try to understand (and fail) Kevin Smith’s lackluster Canadian comedy Yoga Hosers. There are some extra goodies with small recommendations of Snowden, Pontypool, a 30 For 30 and The Big Short right after the opening.
#6 Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, The Magnificent Seven, Hunt For The Wilderpeople
This week, our reviews will take us to the old West, to the New Zealand wilds and to resurrected sunken ship. Tim Burton’s latest film has finally produced some success by blending a children's tale with some dark stuff. The New Zealand wilderness is given some great quirk with Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Finally, we show our great disappointment in the latest Hollywood remake The Magnificent Seven.
#5 Sully, Don't Think Twice, Midnight Special
This week we talk about a true life story, an improv troupe, and a strange boy with supernatural powers. Sully may be Eastwood’s best in a long while. Don’t Think Twice puts a heavy dose of drama into the dramedy. Last but not least, Midnight Special flair for the chase might put a damper into the family dynamic.
#4 Sing Street, Imperium, The Dresser
This week, we have three films that couldn’t be different from each other. In genre, theme and age. We begin with the 80’s music-inspired film out of Dublin, Sing Street. We meet some white supremacy groups and potential terrorism with Imperium. We end the show by discussing two of the greatest actors of their generation discuss acting, delirium and Shakespeare with The Dresser.
#3 Sausage Party, Kubo & The Two Strings, April & The Extraordinary World
An animated triple feature. We talk on some titles we’ve recently watched as well as delve into some movie controversy on one of the reviews. We begin with one of the raunchiest comedies in recent memory; Sausage Party. We continue by following a kid on a stop-motion spectacle adventure in Kubo And The Two Strings. Our last review will be the French, critical darling sci-fi film April And The Extraordinary World.
#2 Suicide Squad, Star Trek Beyond, Sorcerer
We’re officially on with two new releases! We first tackle the hot, fun mess that is Suicide Squad. Next up is Star Trek Beyond, which proves to be an action spectacle that achieves entertainment but fails to connect to the much older films in spirit? Last but not least, we review the first classic American high-stakes film, Sorcerer.
#1 Introducing Us
Our first episode! Nothing to review yet but here's an intro to Ralf, Luke and Oscar. Stay with us every other Friday (for the rest of your lives) for opinions recent films.
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