Happy Holidays CTBoomers!

This year for the holidays, I got you three new blockbuster movies, a few Oscar contenders, and what is sure to be the last picked movie of our Cinemadness White Elephant, Why Him?


 

BLOCKBUSTERS

ASSASSIN’S CREED

WHAT’S IT ABOUT (via Wikipedia):

Career criminal Callum Lynch is rescued from his own execution by Abstergo Industries, the modern-day incarnation of the Templar Order. He is forced to participate in the Animus Project and relive the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha, an Assassin in the time of the Spanish Inquisition. As Lynch continues to experience Aguilar’s memories, he begins to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to confront the Templars—age-old enemies of the Assassins—in the present day.

 

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in an adaptation of one of the most successful video game franchises of the modern era of gaming.  The budget for Assassin’s Creed was $125 million dollars, and I expect every cent of it to show up in special effects and combat sequences.

Perfect if you’re feeling: Anxious about being surrounded by family for the next few days, as this revolves around being transported back in time to live someone else’s life.

 

PASSENGERS

WHAT’S IT ABOUT (via IMDB):

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.

 

Two of the most famous movie stars in the world, Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, star as two people who volunteers to give up their life on earth and colonize a new planet, only they wake up waa-AAAA-ay too early and have to figure out why.  Passengers lit up the internet last week by getting pretty bad reviews, but let’s be real: we’re not going to see this movie because it looks plausible, interesting, or like it will redefine sci-fi cinema.  We’re seeing this film because we want to see the perfect boyfriend and perfect girlfriend fall in love in the most extravagant Meet-Cute of all time.

Perfect if you’re feeling: Anxious about being surrounded by your significant other’s family for the next few days, as this revolves around you and your mate being rocketed across the galaxy away from every person you’ve ever known.

 

SING

WHAT’S IT ABOUT (via IMDB):

A koala named Buster Moon has one final chance to restore his theater to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

 

An incredible cast including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, and John C. Riley assume anthropomorphic characters and complete the mission started by American Idol.  The main character’s name is Buster Moon, so I’m putting all my money on him singing “Bust A Move” at LEAST once.

Perfect if you’re feeling: Anxious from hearing and singing nothing but Christmas Carols for the last month and need to belt out some pop hits before another Holiday classic hits your ear drums.

 

OSCAR CONTENDERS

FENCES

WHAT’S IT ABOUT (via IMDB):

An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.

 

Directed by Denzel Washington and starring Washington and Viola Davis, Fences has garnered some of the most positive feedback of any movie this year. Based on a play by August Wilson, Fences is the exact opposite of every other movie discussed thus far – a very personal project for everyone involved.  Expect to hear a lot more about this film in a few weeks when Oscar nominations get announced.

 

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

WHAT’S IT ABOUT (via IMBD):

An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

 

As bleak as it sounds, it’s a million times bleaker.  Having garnered praise for lead actor, Casey Affleck, and supporting actress, Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea has maintained its buzz-worthiness since it premiered at Sundance last January.  While critics and viewers are quick to point out the funny parts of the movie, they act as buoys in a sea of sadness; every positive thing about this film is tagged with a, “…but it’s really sad,” qualifier.

I’m sure this is a tour-de-force of a film… but it’s really sad, so see this at your own risk and bring all the tissues you can find.

 

AND

WHY HIM?

WHAT’S IT ABOUT (via Wikipedia):

While visiting their eldest daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch), Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston) and his wife Barb (Megan Mullally), along with their 15-year old son Scott (Griffin Gluck), are introduced to Stephanie’s wealthy and famous boyfriend, Laird Mayhew (James Franco). Laird’s vulgar, gregarious, and blunt personality is slightly overwhelming for Barb and Scott but causes Ned to despise him downright. However, Stephanie insists that he’s a nice person and that he makes her happy. But when Laird reveals he plans to propose to Stephanie in only five days, the race to prove himself worthy of her love so Ned can give them his blessing begins. Laird goes out of his way to win over Barb and Scott, while Ned schemes to make sure Laird goes down in flames.

I mean… fine.


Have a fantastic holiday week, Connecticut.  I hope you get to recharge, relax, and rev up for what HAS to be a better year, 2017.

 

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