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Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –December 30,  2016

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December 30

Live by Night (2016) Poster

LIVE BY NIGHT

WARNER BROS

(2016)

Certificate R   –   Crime | Drama

A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
Summary: In the roaring ’20s, Prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve and Joe Coughlin, the son of the Boston Police Superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll. The fiery affair ends in tragedy, setting Joe on a path of revenge, ambition, romance and betrayal that propels him out of Boston and up the ladder of Tampa’s steamy rum-running underworld.
Director:

Ben Affleck

Stars:

Ben Affleck, Scott Eastwood, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning

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The Playlist | Rodrigo Perez
“Labelling Live By Night a disaster is a little uncharitable; the baggy drama is perhaps more painfully mediocre than full-blown folly, but it’s close.”

 

Hidden Figures (2016) Poster

HIDDEN FIGURES

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION

(2016)

Certificate PG   –   Drama

A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.
Summary: As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.
Director:

Theodore Melfi

Stars:

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

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Philadelphia Inquirer | Tirdad Derakhshani 
“Its positive message about education, the value of hard work, and the power of social commitment make it a must-see for parents and kids alike.”

 

Fences (2016) Poster

FENCES

PARAMOUNT PICTURES

(2016)

Certificate PG-13   –   Drama

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.
Summary: In this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, 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.
Director:

Denzel Washington

Stars:

Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo

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New York Daily News | Stephen Whitty
“Washington isn’t a visionary director, something he’s proved before in “The Great Debaters” and “Antwone Fisher.” But he is a fine actor, and if nothing else Fences preserves his career-best performance, as a loving, bullying, wounded, roaring bull of a man”

THE BUZZ: When I first saw the trailer for Denzel Washington’s new movie, my first thought was “this is the scene they will play just before he wins the award for Best Actor.” They may sound like an exaggeration but from the reviews I’ve read recently, Denzel and Viola give such raw and emotional performances, they will be sure contenders i noted awards season. Regardless, I can’t wait to see the film if I was that moved by the trailer. – Michelle

Gold (2016) Poster

Gold

(2016)

Certificate R   –   Adventure | Drama | Thriller

An unlikely pair venture to the Indonesian jungle in search of gold.
Director:

Stephen Gaghan

Stars:

Bryce Dallas Howard, Matthew McConaughey, Toby Kebbell,Rachael Taylor

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20th Century Women (2016) Poster

20TH CENTURY WOMEN

A24

(2016)

Certificate R   –   Comedy | Drama

The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.
Summary: Set in Santa Barbara, 20th Century Women follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. 20th Century Women is a poignant love letter to the people who raise us – and the times that form us – as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify and inspire them through their lives.
Director:

Mike Mills

Stars:

Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup

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Christian Science Monitor | Peter Rainer
“Without Bening, whose performance is a watchful and laid-back marvel, 20th Century Women, written and directed by Mike Mills, would still be borderline worth seeing because of its supporting cast.”

 

Paterson (2016) Poster

PATERSON

BLEECKER STREET MEDIA

(2016)

Certificate R   –   Comedy | Drama

A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.
Summary: Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry.
Director:

Jim Jarmusch

Stars:

Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie, Rizwan Manji

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The Playlist | Jessica Kiang
“An unfeasibly charming film full of little wisdoms and quiet comforts where we might expect to find provocations, its only deception is that it is so much richer than it seems at first glance.”

 

Toni Erdmann (2016) Poster

TONI ERDMANN

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

(2016)

Certificate R   –   Comedy | Drama

A father tries to reconnect with his adult daughter.
Summary: Winfried (Peter Simonischek) doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller). The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy Toni Erdmann: Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.
Director:

Maren Ade

Stars:

Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl

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The Telegraph | Robbie Collin
“The film’s sweetness and bitterness are held so perfectly in balance, and realised with such sinew-stiffening intensity, that watching it feels like a three-hour sports massage for your heart and soul.”

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