Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –November 11,  2016 |

Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –November 11,  2016

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November 11


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

  • TriStar Pictures

(2016) rated-R

  –   Drama | Warrated-thumbs-DOWN

19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad – contrasting the realities of war with America’s perceptions.
Summary: Based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel, the film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions. 

Ang Lee


Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin

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“Billy Lynn has its moments, but its critical and unexpected folly is that the cutting-edge technology diminishes the picture emotionally, its ungainly look trivializes the drama and indulges it with an undesirable air of superficiality” 

– Rodrigo Pérez | The Playlist –


Almost Christmas

(2016) rated-PG13

  –   Comedy | Dramarated-under-review_1

A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Thanksgiving since their mom died.
Summary: Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.

David E. Talbert


Gabrielle Union, Jessie T. Usher, Danny Glover, Nicole Ari Parker

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  • Paramount Pictures


  –   Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

rated-thumbs-UP+DOWN_2A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.
Summary: When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team is put together to investigate – including language expert Louise Banks (Amy Adams). Mankind teeters on the verge of global war as everyone scrambles for answers – and to find them, Banks will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Denis Villeneuve


Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

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“Arrivals becomes an unexpectedly moving rumination on life’s bigger questions by its end. While it looks to other worlds, its main pleasure turns out to be the most intimate of questions”
Screen International | Fionnuala Halligan

THE BUZZ: “There are days that define your story beyond your life, like the day they arrived … ” That quote from the first four seconds of the trailer was all it took for me to sign up for this one. Although I am all in when it comes to cerebral sci-fi, first contact, and alien invasion movies, I’m especially excited for Arrival as it looks to be both thinky and contemplative, reminiscent of Contactbut combined with the looming threat of world destruction found in “Childhood’s End.” This invasion might not be as action-packed as Independence Day but the floating monoliths hovering over the open field in the Arrival evoke a quieter and more ominous threat. I can’t wait for this one. – Vanessa


Shut In

  • EuropaCorp USA


Drama | Thrillerrated-under-review_1

A heart-pounding thriller about a widowed child psychologist who lives in an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.
Summary: A widowed child psychologist (Naomi Watts) lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.

Farren Blackburn


Naomi Watts, Charlie Heaton, Jacob Tremblay, Oliver Platt

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  • Sony Pictures Classics


  –   Drama | Thriller

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.
Summary: Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

Paul Verhoeven


Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

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“It’s all quite perverse for sure, which of course is no surprise coming from either the actress or the director, though what’s welcome about Elle is the way they combine their talents to make a film that hardly skimps on the sex, violence and sadism, yet ultimately tells a story about how one woman uses them all to set herself free”
The Hollywood Reporter
Jordan Mintzer

THE BUZZ: I get a welcome case of the icks when thinking about how Isabelle Huppert and Paul Verhoeven will approach a story that includes elements of Stockholm syndrome and industrial espionage. – Arno


The Love Witch

  • Oscilloscope


  –   Comedy | Horror

rated-thumbs-UP+DOWN_2A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, in a tribute to 1960s pulp novels and Technicolor melodramas.
Summary: Elaine (Samantha Robinson), a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, leaving her with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder.

Anna Biller


Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell, Gian Keys

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“Biller’s work is light on its feet, delighting in its own sensuality, basking in gorgeous colors that seem to have bled through the screen from another age, and coyly seducing the audience before hitting them over the head with a hammer”
The Film Stage
Josh Hamm


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