Tuesday, December 29, 2015



With "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" already out, there aren't many equally spectacular new releases in December. So, it's time to bring out the Oscar bait flicks. This week in theaters we have awards hopefuls "Joy" starring Jennifer Lawrence and "Concussion" starring Will Smith, both leads nominated for the 2016 Golden Globes. With the awards out of the way, we also have the comedy "Daddy's Home" starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, as well as the action thriller remake "Point Break". More about each movie after the jump.

Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.



Official Synopsis

Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful – and beloved – institutions in the world.

Film Details

  • Starring: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, David Morse, Albert Brooks

  • Director: Peter Landesman

  • Genre: Drama, Sport

  • Running Time: 123 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 61% (65 fresh, 41 rotten, score: 6.1/10).
  • Metacritic: 56 out of 100 (16 positive, 15 mixed, 2 negative).



Official Synopsis

“DADDY’S HOME” follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.

Film Details

Daddy's Home (2015) Poster
  • Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Alessandra Ambrosio, Paul Scheer, Thomas Haden Church

  • Director: Sean Anders

  • Genre: Comedy

  • Running Time: 96 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, crude and suggestive content, and for language

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 30% (21 fresh, 50 rotten, score: 4.9/10).
  • Metacritic: 42 out of 100 (4 positive, 29 mixed, 5 negative).

Trailers, Clips, Posters and More



Official Synopsis

JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen. Like David O. Russell's previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

Film Details

Joy (2015) Poster
  • Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Melissa Rivers, Elisabeth Röhm

  • Director: David O. Russell

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Running Time: 124 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 58% (78 fresh, 56 rotten, score: 6.3/10).
  • Metacritic: 55 out of 100 (18 positive, 23 mixed, 2 negative).



Official Synopsis

In Alcon Entertainment’s fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller “Point Break,” a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill seeking elite athletes, led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a string of staggering crimes that kill innocent people and send the world’s economy into a tailspin.

Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the callous architects of these inconceivable crimes.

The film is replete with the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. These action adventure feats are performed by extreme athletes representing the world’s best in class in big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing, and high-speed motorcycling.

Film Details

  • Starring: Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo

  • Director: Ericson Core

  • Genre: Action, Crime

  • Running Time: 113 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for violence, thematic material involving perilous activity, some sexuality, language and drug material

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 7% (2 fresh, 27 rotten, score: 3.7/10).
  • Metacritic: 38 out of 100 (2 positive, 6 mixed, 6 negative).

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