Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –January 13  2016 | bambinoides.com

Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –January 13  2016

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January 13

Monster Trucks (2016) Poster

Monster Trucks

(2016)

Certificate PG   –   Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
Summary: Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
Director:

Chris Wedge

Stars:

Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon, Barry Pepper

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Variety | Peter Debruge
“Like it sounds, Monster Trucks is a lame kids’ movie reverse-engineered from a worse pun.”

THE BUZZ: If you haven’t heard this movie’s origin story, it’s a doozy. A guy named Adam Goldman, who was once the president of Paramount Pictures, was inspired to make this film after conversations with his 4-year-old son. Conceived as a tribute to beloved family films from the 80s, Monster Trucks was shot in 2014 and it’s spent the last three years being remolded into something that could possibly pass for a wide theatrical release.

The Bye Bye Man (2017) Poster

The Bye Bye Man

(2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Horror | Thriller

 
Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man’s most unspeakable acts.
Director:

Stacy Title

Stars:

Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Michael Trucco

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THE BUZZ: Here’s hoping this horror movie has a sense of humor about itself. It certainly has a potential catchphrase in “Don’t Say It, Don’t Think It!” though someone is going to have to explain how you can consciously stop thinking about a killer boogeyman with the silly name once he’s set his sights on you. We’d love to hear how Faye Dunaway, who has made a return to acting, was lured into the project.

Sleepless (2017) Poster

Sleepless

(2017)

Certificate R   –   Action | Crime | Thriller

 
A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son.
Summary: Undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs’ teenage son. In one sleepless night he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation and bring the kidnappers to justice
Director:

Baran bo Odar

Stars:

Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, Gabrielle Union

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THE BUZZ: Nice to see Jamie Foxx back in action; we feel like he hasn’t been properly handled by a director since Django Unchained. Feels like he could have made this movie back in the 90s (not meant as an insult), and we wish it was receiving a bigger marketing push. We think Foxx’s chief mission here will be trying to distinguish this movie from all the others that are making awards noise as they expand into wide release this month.

Ok Jaanu (2017) Poster

Ok Jaanu

(2017)

Drama | Romance

 
Adi and Tara move to Mumbai to pursue their dreams. A chance meeting sparks off a heady, no strings attached romance until their careers pull them apart. Will ambition prevail over matters of the heart?
Summary: Adi and Tara move to Mumbai to pursue their dreams. A chance meeting sparks off a heady, no strings attached romance until their careers pull them apart. Will ambition prevail over matters of the heart?
Director:

Shaad Ali

Stars:

Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Leela Samson

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THE BUZZ: in Ok Jaanu, Adi and Tara dismiss traditional relationship norms and build their own modern love story. The movie is a remake of the Tamil movie OK Kanmani. We’re looking forward to seeing Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor’s chemistry on-screen after their performance in Aashiqui 2.

Live by Night (2016) Poster

Live by Night

(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, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina

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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.”

THE BUZZ: Looks like we’ll need to press pause momentarily on Ben Affleck’s hot streak as an actor/director as the general talk about his Prohibition Era crime drama is a bloated and relatively lifeless affair — especially when you consider what he achieved as a filmmaker up until this point. We’re most interested in seeing how audiences react, however, since this genre can be critic-proof at times.

The Comedian (2016) Poster

The Comedian

(2016)

Certificate R   –   Comedy

A look at the life of an aging insult comic.
Summary: An aging comic icon, Jackie (Robert De Niro), has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in one another, resulting in surprising consequences.
Director:

Taylor Hackford

Stars:

Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco

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The Hollywood Reporter | Stephen Farber
“The acting in the film is outstanding down to some of the smallest parts, and here director Taylor Hackford (who hasn’t had a major hit in several years) deserves considerable credit for guiding these performers.”

THE BUZZ: From the thought of Robert De Niro in custom-fit role to the supporting cast, all the components are here for a potential sleeper hit, but this comedy from Taylor Hackford has received some of the most brutal reviews this side of Monster Trucks, another one of this week’s releases. It’s a De Niro passion project that was guided by the hands of serious Hollywood vets, but it seems a barrage of crass jokes undermines fine acting and direction.

The Book of Love (2016) Poster

The Book of Love

(2016)

Certificate PG-13   –   Drama

 
Henry is an introverted architect. After the death of his wife in a car accident, he sets out to help Millie, a homeless teen, to build a raft to sail across the Atlantic.
Director:

Bill Purple

Stars:

Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel, Mary Steenburgen

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THE BUZZ: This drama with wonderful intentions and questionable accents (get an earful of Maisie Williams and her Southern drawl in the trailer) is flying way under the indie radar but we imagine it’ll stand out amongst your steaming options soon enough since the cast is so appealing.

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