Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –November 25,  2016 | bambinoides.com

Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –November 25,  2016

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November 25

Moana (2016) Poster

MOANA

WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES

(2016)rated-PG

  –   Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy |Musical

A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.
rated-thumbs-UP+DOWN_2Summary: Moana, a spirited teenager and born navigator, sets sail from the ancient South Pacific islands of Oceania in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore. [Walt Disney Studios]
Directors:

Ron Clements | Don Hall | John Musker | Chris Williams

Stars:

Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison

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The Hollywood Reporter |Michael Rechtshaffen
“Appealing equally to the eyes, ears, heart and funny bone, Moana represents contemporary Disney at its finest — a vibrantly rendered adventure that combines state-of-the-art CG animation with traditional storytelling and colorful characters, all enlivened by a terrific voice cast”.

THE BUZZ: Adult critics have already given Moana high marks for broadening the range of Disney’s princess tales. Will kids feel similarly? Seems more than likely, and we sense that boys will be hooked into this adventure for myriad reasons as well.

Bad Santa 2 (2016) Poster

BAD SANTA 2

BROAD GREEN PICTURES

(2016)rated-R

  –   Comedy | Crime | Drama

Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.
rated-thumbs-DOWNSummary: Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is ‘the kid’ – chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly), a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity. Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke (Kathy Bates). A super butch super bitch, Sunny raises the bar for the gang’s ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behavior. Willie is further burdened by lusting after the curvaceous and prim Diane (Christina Hendricks), the charity director with a heart of gold and libido of steel.
Director:

Mark Waters

Stars:

Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks

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Variety | Andrew Barker
“It’s essentially a hangout movie populated exclusively with some of the worst people imaginable, rarely with any sort of solid scene-setting or straight-men to provide context.”

THE BUZZ: If Bad Santa 2 follows a certain trend — we’re referring to the course set by Zoolander 2 and other underwhelmers this year — we’d be amazed if any studio ever lets more than a couple years pass between sequels.

Lion - La strada verso casa (2016) Poster

LION – La strada verso casa

THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY 

 

(2016)rated-PG13

  –   Drama

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A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Summary: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Director:

Garth Davis

Stars:

Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, David Wenham

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The Film Stage | Jordan Ruimy
“If the first half is an indelible treat and gives one high hopes that a film delicately placed in the awards season will in fact meet its steep expectations, the second half is troublesome and falls flat.”

THE BUZZ: After watching the incredibly moving trailer for Lion, I was amazed to find out that not only was this based on a true story about how a young Indian boy found his way home, but he did so using Google Earth. To me it speaks both to the power of never giving up hope and power of technology when it is used for good. – Michelle

Allied (2016) Poster

ALLIED

PARAMOUNT PICTURES

(2016)rated-R

  –   Action | Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.rated-under-review_1
Summary: Allied is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.
Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Stars:

Brad Pitt, Vincent Ebrahim, Xavier De Guillebon, Marion Cotillard

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THE BUZZ: Allied definitely has one of the biggest question marks hovering over its box office chances this season. Between the public perception of on-set canoodling between Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard (which seems untrue to us) to the fact that director Robert Zemeckis is coming off mega flop The Walk, there’s a hazy uncertainty cast over what might otherwise be a prestige picture with worldwide appeal.

Rules Don't Apply (2016) Poster

RULES DON’T APPLY

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION

(2016)rated-PG13

  –   Comedy | Drama | Romance

An unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver, and the eccentric billionaire who they work for.
rated-thumbs-UP+DOWN_2Summary: It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes’ behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.
Director:

Warren Beatty

Stars:

Lily Collins, Haley Bennett, Taissa Farmiga, Steve Tom

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The Guardian | Jordan Hoffman
“It doesn’t make sense as a comedy, it doesn’t quite work as a drama, and it doesn’t follow the typical roadmap of a biopic, but Rules Don’t Apply is strangely compelling nonetheless.”

THE BUZZ: Wait, what?! A movie about an eccentric multimillionaire with a peculiar and particular world view that causes those around him to pause and go, “Hmm”? Welcome to Warren Beatty’s latest directorial project, where he also plays famed entrepreneur and eccentric Howard Hughes. Of particular interest to Star Wars fans is Alden Ehrenreich, who plays a driver in a forbidden romance, in a role that may or may not foreshadow his work as everyone’s favorite smuggler in the much anticipated Han Solo film. – Bret

Mifune: The Last Samurai (2015) Poster

MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI

STRAND RELEASING

(2015)

  –   Documentary

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A feature-length documentary about the life and films of legendary actor Toshiro Mifune, weaving together film clips, archival stills, and interviews with such luminaries as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Narrated by Keanu Reeves.
Summary: Mifune: The Last Samurai explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for not only The Magnificent Seven and Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s breakthrough, A Fistful of Dollars, but also George Lucas’ Star Wars.
Director:

Steven Okazaki

Stars:

Wataru Akashi, Kyôko Kagawa, Takeshi Katô, Hisao Kurosawa

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THE BUZZ: Clearly Akira Kurosawa’s right hand man who famously turned by Hollywood opportunities (characters he could have played include Obi-Wan Kanobi, Darth Vader, and Mr. Miyagi) deserves a documentary. Here, filmmaker Steven Okazaki, who has been nominated for four Oscars and won once (all in the short-subject documentary category), chronicles not only Mifune’s unexpected path to movie stardom and his collaborations with Kurosawa, but the evolution of samurai film as a genre.

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