Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen
Directed by: Gareth Edwards
Plot: Before A New Hope, a small group of Rebel agents are part of a dangerous but vital mission to try and steal the technical plans for the Empire’s new superweapon, the Death Star.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 85%
Critic Consensus: “Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground — and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise”
Starring: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kiera Knightly, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Michael Pena, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore
Directed by: David Frankel
Plot: When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death.
RT Freshness: 14%
Critic Consensus: “Well-meaning but fundamentally flawed, Collateral Beauty aims for uplift but collapses in unintentional hilarity”
Manchester by the Sea
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hodges, Gretchen Mol, CJ Wilson
Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan
Plot: After the death of his older brother, Lee Chandler has to return to his hometown as he’s been named the guardian of his 16 year old nephew and has to deal with the tragic memories he left behind.
RT Freshness: 97%
Critic Consensus: “Manchester by the Sea delivers affecting drama populated by full-bodied characters, marking another strong step forward for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan”