Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –January 06  2016 |

Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –January 06  2016

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January 6

Underworld: Blood Wars (2016) Poster




Certificate R   –   Action | Horror

Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.
Summary: Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Anna Foerster


Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver

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A Monster Calls (2016) Poster




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.

J.A. Bayona


Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson

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Time Out London Tom Huddleston | Sep 12, 2016 
“There’s a gripping, dark, truly monstrous film lurking in here somewhere, but Bayona seems hell-bent on keeping it at bay.”


THE BUZZ: The third film from director J.A. Bayona, looks like the best kind of escapist fantasy. Childhood is a tough time and too many children are asked to cope with life-changing loss very early in their lives. During dark times, I think we all wish we had a monster to call. – Lance


I, Daniel Blake (2016) Poster




Certificate R   –   Drama

Metascore: 75/100 (17 reviews)
A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.
Summary: Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the latest from legendary director Ken Loach is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children.

Ken Loach


Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann

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CineVue | John Bleasdale | May 21, 2016
“Following the disappointing period dalliance of Jimmy’s Hall, Ken Loach’s latest I, Daniel Blake is something of a return to form. It stands as a succinct and furious raging against the dying of the light, or more accurately the snuffing of the light by a privatised and punitive system more intent on lowering the figures than caring for those in need.”


Le Ardenne (2015) Poster

Le Ardenne


Certificate Unrated   –   Drama

Metascore: 44/100 (7 reviews)
A brutal home-jacking goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off, leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth however possible, but is witnessing how the highly strung Kenneth tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie.

Robin Pront


Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens, Jan Bijvoet

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The Hollywood Reporter | John DeFore

“A promising if not quite audacious debut by Robin Pront, the film benefits from a solidly envisioned family dynamic but doesn’t really generate much heat until its final act.”


Railroad Tigers (2016) Poster




  –   Action | Comedy | War

A railroad worker in China in 1941 leads a team of freedom fighters against the Japanese in order to get food for the poor.
Summary: A railroad worker (Jackie Chan) and his ragtag group of freedom fighters find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks when they decide to ambush a heavily armed military train filled with desperately needed provisions. Unarmed and outnumbered, they must fight back against an entire army using only their wits.

Ding Sheng


Jackie Chan, Jaycee Chan, Zitao

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Variety | Peter Debruge | Dec 29, 2016
“You know things are getting bad when an instantly forgettable, nearly impossible-to-follow, Chinese-language action movie manages to score a U.S. release simply because of Chan’s involvement.”


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