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Friday, January 1, 2016

In Theaters: THE HATEFUL EIGHT, ANOMALISA

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Happy New Year ! Not much happening in theaters this time of year. People are still going to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", some more than once, but if you're tired of hearing about Star Wars, here are two interesting alternatives: Quentin Tarantino's western "The Hateful Eight" has just expanded nationwide, and Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion animation feature has opened in limited release. More about each movie after the jump.

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


THE HATEFUL EIGHT


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Official Synopsis

Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue, race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as "The Hangman," will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town's new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie's, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob, who's taking care of Minnie's while she's visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all...

Film Details

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  • Starring: Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Demian Bichir, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, ZoĆ« Bell, James Parks, Channing Tatum

  • Director: Quentin Tarantino

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery

  • Running Time: 187 min.

  • Rating: R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, language and some graphic nudity


Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 76% (108 fresh, 35 rotten, score: 7.5/10).
  • Metacritic: 69 out of 100 (30 positive, 9 mixed, 5 negative).




ANOMALISA


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Official Synopsis

A man struggles with his inability to connect with other people.

Film Details

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  • Starring: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

  • Director: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman

  • Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama

  • Running Time: 90 min.

  • Rating: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language


Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 97% (67 fresh, 2 rotten, score: 9.1/10).
  • Metacritic: 94 out of 100 ( positive, mixed, negative).

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