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Admit One 7/20

Equalizer 2

Starring: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, Jonathan Scarfe

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Plot: Vigilante Robert McCall goes to war when someone he cares about is brutally murdered.

Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 40%

Critic Consensus: “The Equalizer 2 delivers the visceral charge of a standard vigilante thriller, but this reunion of trusted talents ultimately proves a disappointing case study in diminishing returns”

Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Meryl Streep, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Cher

Directed by: Ol Parker

Plot: In this sequel to Mamma Mia!, Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant herself.

RT Freshness: 84%

Critic Consensus: “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again doubles down on just about everything fans loved about the original — and my my, how can fans resist it?”

Unfriended: Dark Web

Starring: Colin Woodell, Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Andrew Lees, Connor Del Rio

Directed by: Stephen Susco

Plot: A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back.

RT Freshness: 62%

Critic Consensus: N/A

 

Admit One 1/12

The Commuter

Starring: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Elizabeth McGovern, Sam Neill

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

Plot: A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.

Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 53%

Critic Consensus: N/A

The Post

Starring: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Plot: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government.

RT Freshness: 87%

Critic Consensus: “The Post‘s period setting belies its bitingly timely themes, brought compellingly to life by director Steven Spielberg and an outstanding ensemble cast”

Paddington 2

Starring: Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters

Directed by: Paul King

Plot: Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

RT Freshness: 100%

Critic Consensus: “Paddington 2 honors its star’s rich legacy with a sweet-natured sequel whose adorable visuals are matched by a story perfectly balanced between heartwarming family fare and purely enjoyable all-ages adventure”

Proud Mary

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Danny Glover, Billy Brown, Margarey Avery, Neal McDonough

Directed by: Babak Najafi

Plot: Mary is a hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Mary’s life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes awry.

RT Freshness: N/A

Critic Consensus: N/A

 

The Post Forms a Dramatic Voltron of Spielberg, Hanks and Streep (Trailer)

Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are dramatic forces of nature by themselves but their powers combine for this winter’s The Post.  Set in the 70’s during Watergate, Streep plays Katherine Graham, the head of The Washington Post and Hanks plays her editor Ben Bradlee and the movie follows their efforts to report on Nixon administration, the Vietnam War and the unfolding Watergate scandal, especially the efforts of Woodward and Bernstein and then facing off against the government in court when they are sued for their publishing of the Pentagon Papers report.  An insane, murder’s row of supporting cast joins Hanks and Streep including Alison Brie, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Bradley Whitford, Zach Woods, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jesse Plemons and David Cross.  The movie is out in limited release on December 22nd for Oscar contention and then spreads wide on January 12th.  Check out the trailer below.

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Netflix Goes to World War II with Five Came Back (Trailer)

Netflix has been one of the best sources for documentaries on the internet and they are bringing an original World War II documentary to their streaming service on March 31st with Five Came Back.  Telling the story of Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens and William Wyler, the men who would become some of the most legendary directors ever,  they enlisted at the start of World War II and documented the horrors and triumphs for the audiences back home.  Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo Del Toro, Paul Greengrass and Lawrence Kasdan tell their stories along with narration by Meryl Streep and it seems like an interesting story that hasn’t really been told this widely before.  Check out the trailer below.

Admit One 8/12

Sausage Party

Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Nick Kroll

Directed by: Conrad Vernon , Greg Tiernan

Plot: Frank, a sausage, is horrified when he finds out the truth of what happens to food when it’s taken from the supermarket and he tries to save his fellow foods from a horrible fate.

Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 83%

Critic Consensus: “Sausage Party is definitely offensive, but backs up its enthusiastic profanity with an impressively high gag-to-laugh ratio — and a surprisingly thought-provoking storyline”

Pete’s Dragon

Starring: Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence

Directed by: David Lowery

Plot: A young boy is found alive in the Pacific Northwest woods after being missing for years and claims he survived with the help of his dragon friend Elliott.

RT Freshness: 85%

Critic Consensus: “Pete’s Dragon continues Disney’s current live-action winning streak with an update that gives the original a visual overhaul without overwhelming its sweet, soulful charm”

Florence Foster Jenkins

Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Brid Brennan, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, John Kavanagh

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Plot: A wealthy New York heiress dreams of being an opera singer despite the fact that she has possibly the worst singing voice ever.

RT Freshness: 88%

Critic Consensus: “Florence Foster Jenkins makes poignant, crowd-pleasing dramedy out of its stranger-than-fiction tale — and does its subject justice with a reliably terrific turn from star Meryl Streep”

Battle at the Box Office 8/10

Probably the most eagerly anticipated box office results of the year by fans of schadenfreude, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation managed to crush critically decimated new Fantastic Four to stay at the top spot for another week.

Rogue Nation took in another $29.4 million, putting it over $108 million for it’s two weeks out.

Fantastic Four, with a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, bad mouthing from it’s own director and full on defense mode from it’s actors, collapsed across the finish line with $26.2 million.  Taking into account every movie ever made based on Marvel comics, it’s the 32nd “best” opening, above Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and below Blade II.  Adjusted for inflation, it’s almost the worst opening ever, just beating Punisher: War Zone.  The movie cost $120 million to make and it’s doing extremely poorly overseas as well, so it’s going to cost Fox tons of money.

The Gift, Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut, had a better than expected opening with a third place finish of $12 million.  Just to throw some more salt in the wound of Fantastic Four, The Gift was in half as many theaters.

Vacation and Ant-Man rounded out the top 5, with the former not dropping that much from it’s previous weekend.

Meryl Streep vehicle Ricki and the Flash did an OK $6.5 million, which puts it at number 16 for Meryl Streep openings, ahead of Lions for Lamb.

Despite almost universal love from critics, Shaun the Sheep Movie didn’t even make it onto the top 10, making $4 million and coming in eleventh place.  It had a worse opening than the last Aardman feature, Pirates: Band of Misfits.

Admit One 12/24

The Gambler

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, Michael K. Williams, Leland Orser

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt

Plot: Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett’s debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students.

Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 51%

Critic Consensus: “Well-paced and reasonably entertaining in its own right, The Gambler still suffers from comparisons to the James Caan classic that inspired it”

Unbroken

Starring: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Garret Hedlund, Miyavi, Jai Courtney

Directed by: Angelina Jolie

Plot: Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini was part of a bomber crew that is shot down in the Pacific and, after surviving 47 days at sea, was captured by the Japanese and held as a POW.

RT Freshness: 49%

Critic Consensus: “Unbroken is undoubtedly well-intentioned, but it hits a few too many of the expected prestige-pic beats to register as strongly as it should”

Big Eyes

Starring: Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Terence Stamp, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman

Directed by: Tim Burton

Plot: Walter Keane became a phenomenon in the late 50’s and early 60’s for his iconic paintings of big eyed waifs but they were all actually painted by his wife, Margaret.

RT Freshness: 73%

Critic Consensus: “Well-acted, thought-provoking, and a refreshing change of pace for Tim Burton, Big Eyes works both as a biopic and as a timelessly relevant piece of social commentary”

Into the Woods

Starring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Plot: A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.

RT Freshness: 72%

Critic Consensus: “On the whole, this Disney adaptation of the Sondheim classic sits comfortably at the corner of Hollywood and Broadway — even if it darkens to its detriment in the final act”

Into the Woods Trailer

Disney is on a massive kick right now of turning their animated classics into live action, with this year’s Maleficent and upcoming adaptations of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast in the works.  This Christmas though, they are combining a number of fairy tale characters for an adaptation of the musical, Into the Woods.  Following Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), they all make a wish but have to deal with the consequences.  Emily Blunt and James Corden appear as a baker and his wife, who try break the curse placed upon them by a witch (Meryl Streep).  Johnny Depp voices the Wolf who stalks Riding Hood.  It’s kind of strange that, this being a musical, you don’t see or hear anyone seeing, especially since the music was written Steven Sondheim.  Rob Marshall, of Chicago and Pirates 4 fame, directs and the movie is out on Christmas Day this December.  Check out the trailer below.