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Mike Birbiglia's well-reviewed follow-up to his 2012 directorial debut Sleepwalk with Me. centers on a New York City improv troupe, where the success of one member impacts the rest of the group in different ways. Birbiglia himself heads up a strong ensemble that also features Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher, and Kate Micucci.
It's the fifth installment in the Bourne franchise overall, the fourth for star Matt Damon, and third for director Paul Greengrass. But Jason Bourne ranks with critics as the worst film in the series, with critics complaining about the tedious, redundant, unoriginal story from longtime-editor-turned-first-time-writer Christopher Rouse that is only partially saved by some decent action sequences. Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, and The Night Of's Riz Ahmed also star.
Director Justin Tipping’s debut feature follows 15-year-old Brandon (newcomer Jahking Guillory), a poor, hard-working kid whose new Air Jordans are stolen off his feet by a local thug named Flaco. Determined to get his sneakers back, Brandon and his two best friends go on a risky mission to retrieve them.
Mad Max: Fury Road (Black & Chrome Ed.)
The "Black & Chrome" edition of last year's acclaimed fourth Mad Max film converts the theatrical release to black-and-white. It's available on its own as well as part of a new Mad Max High Octane Collection box set which includes all four Mad Max films as well as documentaries and other features.
Out Friday, December 9. In SNL writer Chris Kelly’s debut feature (as both writer and director), Jesse Plemons stars as David, a comedy writer who moves back home to take care of his cancer-stricken mother (Molly Shannon). Bradley Whitford plays David’s father and Maude Apatow and Madisen Beaty are his sisters in a strong cast that also includes June Squibb, Paul Dooley, Matt Walsh, Kerri Kenney, JJ Totah, Retta, John Early, and Zach Woods.
This animated family comedy from the studio behind Despicable Me features the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Albert Brooks, and Jenny Slate.
|More movie releases on December 6, 2016|
|Better Off Single COMEDY | Aaron Tveit, Abby Elliott|
|The Devil's Dolls HORROR/THRILLER | Christopher Wiehl|
|The Exterminating Angel (1962) Criterion Collection Blu-ray release|
|For the Love of Spock DOCUMENTARY|
|The Frontier DRAMA/THRILLER | Kelly Lynch, Jim Beaver|
|The Great Gilly Hopkins FAMILY/DRAMEDY | Sophie Nélisse, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close|
|Heart of a Dog Criterion Collection release|
|Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990) THRILLER (new 30th anniversary restoration)|
|The Hollars DRAMEDY | John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins|
|In Order of Disappearance FOREIGN/ACTION/THRILLER/COMEDY | Stellan Skarsgård|
|Jack Goes Home HORROR/THRILLER | Rory Culkin, Britt Robertson|
|The Late Bloomer COMEDY/DRAMA | Johnny Simmons, Brittany Snow|
|Ordinary World COMEDY/DRAMA | Billie Joe Armstrong, Selma Blair|
|Phantasm (1979) HORROR (HD remaster)|
|Phantasm: Ravager HORROR/FANTASY|
|The Remains HORROR/THRILLER | Todd Lowe|
|SiREN HORROR | Chase Williamson|
|Something For Everyone (1971) COMEDY/DRAMA (HD remaster) | Angela Lansbury, Michael York|
|Spa Night DRAMA|
|Trash Fire HORROR/ROM-COM | Adrian Grenier, Angela Trimbur|
|The Unspoken THRILLER | Jodelle Ferland, Neal McDonough|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Beauty and the Beast SEASON 4|
|BrainDead SEASON 1|
|The Bureau SEASON 1|
|Family Guy SEASON 14|
|Greenleaf SEASON 1|
|Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures SEASON 1|
|Scream Queens SEASON 1|
|The Secret Agent SEASON 1|
|The Shannara Chronicles SEASON 1 (Blu-ray release)|
|Zoo SEASON 2|
William Wyler's 1959 epic (itself one of Hollywood's first remakes, as well as an adaptation of Lew Wallace's novel) is considered one of the best films ever made. This new version from director Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) wasn't even one of the best films of August. Jack Huston takes on the titular role (made famous by Charlton Heston) as the prince-turned-slave-turned-chariot racer, while Morgan Freeman, Pilou Asbæk, Toby Kebbell, and (playing the newly enlarged role of Jesus) Rodrigo Santoro star. The result is one of 2016's biggest box office bombs.
Fans waited 14 years for another Big Fat Greek Wedding on the big screen, so a mere 12 years for a new Bridget Jones rom-com is comparably quick. While the first two films—2001‘s Bridget Jones’s Diary and 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason—were based on novels by Helen Fielding, this third film has been tackled by at least three writers–Fielding, One Day author David Nicholls, and Emma Thompson (who also has a role in the film). Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are back as Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy, but Hugh Grant‘s Daniel Cleaver has been replaced by Patrick Dempsey’s billionaire American, Jack Qwant.
When it premiered to good reviews at Sundance this year, Equity was billed as the “first female-focused Wall Street drama.” Meera Menon’s second feature stars Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn as Naomi Bishop, a senior investment banker struggling to balance business and ethics as she guides the IPO for a new tech company.
It's a true story so strange that it's now been told in two different recent films. Unlike the French drama Marguerite, which changed some of the details (including the names and setting), Florence Foster Jenkins sticks closer to the actual story. The Stephen Frears-directed film stars Meryl Streep in what could be an Oscar-nominated performance as the eponymous New York heiress and socialite who believed her singing voice to be quite beautiful—so much so that she made plans to perform at at Carnegie Hall. The reality? Her voice was painfully awful. Hugh Grant plays her husband, St. Clair Bayfield, who tried to shield her from the awful truth.
After the critical success of 2012’s Keep the Lights On and 2014’s Love Is Strange, writer-director Ira Sachs returned to Sundance earlier this year with another film co-written by Mauricio Zacharias. Focusing on how the friendship between middle schoolers Jake (Theo Taplitz) and Tony (Michael Barbieri) is impacted by the dispute between Jake's father (Greg Kinnear), and Tony's mother (Paulina Garcia) over a rental property, Sachs once again impressed critics with his humane approach to common modern problems.
The first of two 2016 films depicting a young Barack Obama (with Barry due later this month), Southside With You takes a narrow focus by depicting the first date between Barack Obama and future First Lady Michelle Robinson. Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter star in writer-director Richard Tanne’s fictionalized look at their first day together, which was warmly received by critics at Sundance.
Thanks to the critical and domestic box office disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. and DC Comics had a lot riding on August's Suicide Squad adaptation by writer-director David Ayer (Fury). Unfortunately, this story of a misfit group of criminals doing the government’s dirty work scored even lower with critics, who found the film bloated and confused. (It nevertheless grossed over $700 million, so expect a sequel.) Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Margot Robbie head the ensemble.
|More movie releases on December 13, 2016|
|The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Criterion Collection release|
|Brother Nature COMEDY | Taran Killam, Gillian Jacobs, Bobby Moynihan|
|Disorder DRAMA/THRILLER | Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger|
|Hooligan Sparrow DOCUMENTARY|
|I Am Not a Serial Killer THRILLER | Max Records, Christopher Lloyd|
|Kampai! For the Love of Sake DOCUMENTARY|
|Let's Be Evil SCI-FI/HORROR/THRILLER | Elizabeth Morris|
|The Lodger (1944) THRILLER | Merle Oberon, George Sanders|
|Morgan SCI-FI/HORROR/THRILLER | Toby Jones, Kate Mara|
|Moving Violations (1985) COMEDY | John Murray, Jennifer Tilly|
|No Pay, Nudity DRAMA/COMEDY | Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane|
|The Park Is Mine (1986) ACTION-ADVENTURE | Tommy Lee Jones, Helen Shaver|
|Roma (1972) Criterion Collection release|
|Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story WESTERN | Trace Adkins, Judd Nelson, Kim Coates|
|Sudden Fear (1952) THRILLER | Joan Crawford, Jack Palance|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|19-2 SEASON 3|
|800 Words SEASON 1|
|American Gothic SEASON 1|
|Death in Paradise SEASON 5|
|Duck Dynasty SEASON 10|
|Father Brown SEASON 4|
|Fear the Walking Dead SEASON 2|
|Harley and the Davidsons MINISERIES|
|The Legend of Korra COMPLETE SERIES|
|Newhart SEASON 7|
|The Twilight Zone COMPLETE SERIES (Blu-ray release)|
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Antoine Fuqua’s remake of John Sturges' 1960 western (which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic The Seven Samurai) stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier as the seven outlaws-turned-heroes and Peter Sarsgaard as their evil industrialist nemesis. It boasts a screenplay co-written by Nic Pizzolatto (HBO's True Detective), but critics found the result uninspired and forgettable.
Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort examines the story behind the “Miracle on the Hudson” water landing in 2009. While audiences may already be familiar with the event itself—when Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River after losing power in both engines—less is known about the aftermath of the landing and the subsequent investigation into Sully’s choices that day. As in 2013’s Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks plays a real-life character under immense pressure. Hanks, Eastwood, and the film itself could be headed to Oscar nominations next month.
|More movie releases on December 20, 2016|
|31 HORROR/THRILLER | directed by Rob Zombie|
|Dad's Army COMEDY | Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Jones|
|The Disappointments Room DRAMA/HORROR/THRILLER | Kate Beckinsale|
|Goat DRAMA | Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer|
|Greater DRAMA/SPORTS/FAMILY | Christopher Severio|
|It Had To Be You ROM-COM | Cristin Milioti|
|Maximum Ride ACTION-ADVENTURE/SCI-FI | Allie Marie Evans|
|Roseanne for President! DOCUMENTARY|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Doctor Who SERIES 8 PART 2|
|Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love TV SPECIAL|
|Hairspray Live! TV SPECIAL|
At May’s Cannes Film Festival, writer-director Andrea Arnold (Wuthering Heights, Fish Tank) won the Jury Prize for the third time for this, her first film set in the United States. Honey combines two classic American teen movie genres—the coming-of-age story and the road trip movie—as it follows Star (newcomer Sasha Lane), a wild child who leaves her troubled home when she falls for a magazine subscription salesman played by Shia LaBeouf (in an unsurprisingly divisive performance).
In his first feature film since 2012’s Savages, Oliver Stone, never one to shy away from controversy (even courting it sometimes), takes on the Edward Snowden story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the CIA and NSA worker who exposed the vast illegal surveillance activities of his employers. Stone looks to be focusing on Snowden’s personal journey, while also fictionalizing what Laura Poitras’ Academy Award-winning documentary Citizenfour captured with so much immediacy. Critics found it a bit too tame, however.
|More movie releases on December 27, 2016|
|Dog Eat Dog ACTION/DRAMA/THRILLER | Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe|
|The Dressmaker DRAMA | Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving|
|In a Valley of Violence WESTERN | Ethan Hawke, John Travolta|
|A Man Called Ove FOREIGN/DRAMA/COMEDY|
|When the Bough Breaks DRAMA/HORROR/THRILLER | Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Close to the Enemy MINISERIES|
|Ray Donovan SEASON 4|
|Undercover SEASON 1|
|Versailles SEASON 1|
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