Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –December 23,  2016 | bambinoides.com

Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –December 23,  2016

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December 23

Sing (2016) Poster

SING

UNIVERSAL PICTURES

(2016)

Certificate PG   –   Animation | Comedy | Drama | Family | Music

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.
 
Summary: Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist — okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel — who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.
Directors:

Christophe Lourdelet | Garth Jennings

Stars:

Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane,Scarlett Johansson

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The Hollywood Reporter | Leslie Felperin
Illumination’s latest plays to the company’s strengths, with inventive character and background design, hyper-rendered animation that pushes the technology envelope, especially in the realm of lighting and cute sight gags. But just as with, for example, The Secret Life of Pets or Minions (and let’s not even go there with Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax), storytelling remains the outfit’s weak spot.

 

Passengers (2016) Poster

PASSENGERS

COLUMBIA PICTURES

(2016)

Certificate PG-13   –   Adventure | Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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.
Summary: Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) and Jim (Chris Pratt) are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As Aurora and Jim try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction… only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.
Director:

Morten Tyldum

Stars:

Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne

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New York Daily News | Stephen Whitty
It loses some of its warmth, and most of its charm. And it ends up as nearly as cold and creepy as the space it takes us through

 

A Monster Calls (2016) Poster

A MONSTER CALLS

FOCUS FEATURES

(2016)

Certificate PG-13   –   Drama | Fantasy

A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mom’s terminal illness.
Summary: 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), dealing with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth.
Director:

J.A. Bayona

Stars:

Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson

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Time Out London | Tom Huddleston
There’s a gripping, dark, truly monstrous film lurking in here somewhere, but Bayona seems hell-bent on keeping it at bay

 

Assassin's Creed (2016) Poster

ASSASSIN’S CREED

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION

(2016)

Certificate PG-13   –   Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

 
When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.
Summary: Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
Director:

Justin Kurzel

Stars:

Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson

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Silence (2016) Poster

SILENCE

PARAMOUNT PICTURES

(2016)

Certificate R   –   Drama | History

In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Catholicism.
Summary: Two Jesuit priests, Sebastião Rodrigues and Francis Garrpe, travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact. There they witness the persecution of Japanese Christians at the hands of their own government which wishes to purge Japan of all western influence. Eventually the priests separate and Rodrigues travels the countryside, wondering why God remains silent while His children suffer.
Director:

Martin Scorsese

Stars:

Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano

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CineVue | Joe Walsh 
If we allow ourselves – as Scorsese asks us – to place ourselves in the shoes of these priests, then we have a graceful film of stoic power, which wrestles with the very nature of faith.

 

Patriots Day (2016) Poster

PATRIOTS DAY

LIONSGATE

(2016)

Certificate R   –   Drama | History | Thriller

An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.
Summary: In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of the most sophisticated manhunt in law enforcement history and the strength of the people of Boston.
Director:

Peter Berg

Stars:

Melissa Benoist, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons

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TheWrap | Alonso Duralde
As a retelling of a tragedy that had its moments of heroism among uniformed personnel and indefatigable civilians alike, it gets the job done

 

Why Him? (2016) Poster

WHY HIM?

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION

(2016)

Certificate R   –   Comedy

A dad forms a bitter rivalry with his daughter’s young rich boyfriend.
Summary: Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry-and Ned’s panic level-escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question. [20th Century Fox]
Director:

John Hamburg

Stars:

Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Tangie Ambrose, Cedric the Entertainer

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Movie Nation | Roger Moore
It’s fair if not entirely accurate to say everything funny it you can see in the trailers and TV ads for Why Him? Because those samples aren’t the least big amusing, and there is a random laugh or three in this holiday comedy to put the “R” back in Christmas.

 

Dangal (2016) Poster

Dangal

(2016)

Certificate Unrated   –   Action | Biography | Drama | History | Sport

 
Biographical sports drama on former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters’ struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression.
Director:

Nitesh Tiwari

Stars:

Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra

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Julieta (2016) Poster

JULIETA

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

(2016)

Certificate R   –   Drama | Romance

After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.
Summary: Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antía. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antía’s father and Julieta’s husband. But at times grief doesn’t bring people closer, it drives them apart.
When Antía turns eighteen she abandons her mother, without a word of explanation. Julieta looks for her in every possible way, but all she discovers is how little she knows of her daughter.
Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

Stars:

Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta

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CineVue | |John Bleasdale
For all the glib élan on display, there is very little being said, above and beyond the slickness of a well-tuned melodrama. The plot always risks revealing its essential silliness and there isn’t much wit or humour to alleviate the mood.

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