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The fourth collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks (following Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal) is based on a true Cold War story, with a script by Matt Charman and the Coen brothers. Hanks stars as James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who unexpectedly finds himself enlisted by the CIA to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Scott Shepherd, Sebastian Koch, and Alan Alda also star in Spielberg’s first directorial effort since 2012’s Lincoln. The film's best picture nomination means that Spielberg now has more (nine) than any other producer in history
Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary Our Brand Is Crisis, about the international efforts of a political consulting firm headed up by James Carville, generally impressed critics. This loose, fictionalized adaptation from director David Gordon Green (Manglehorn, Joe, Pineapple Express)? Not so much. Sandra Bullock stars as “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a political strategist who returns from retirement to run the campaign of a Bolivian presidential candidate. That role was originally written for George Clooney, but Bullock appears to be the one bright spot in a film that also features Billy Bob Thornton, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan and Anthony Mackie.
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Before he was Poe Dameron, Oscar Isaac was portraying one-time Yonkers mayor Nick Wasicsko in 2015's best-reviewed miniseries. Based on Lisa Belkin's nonfiction book about racial tensions surrounding public housing developments during the late 1980s, the six-episode HBO series comes from The Wire veterans David Simon and William F. Zorzi, and is directed by Paul Haggis. The strong cast also includes Catherine Keener, Bob Balaban, Winona Ryder, and Alfred Molina.
It was Oscar bait, but the Academy wasn't biting. And while critics didn't hate this film about the UK’s suffragette movement from writer Abi Morgan (The Invisible Woman, The Iron Lady) and director Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane), many felt that Carey Mulligan was better than the movie as a whole. She plays Maud, a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she becomes an activist in the fight for women’s voting rights.
Another film once considered to have a (slight) chance at Oscar nominations, Truth serves as the directorial debut of Zodiac screenwriter James Vanderbilt. Cate Blanchett stars in an adaptation of Mary Mapes’ memoir recounting her 2004 60 Minutes story about President George W. Bush’s National Guard service—a report that resulted in her firing and Dan Rather (played in the film by Robert Redford) stepping down as anchor of the CBS Evening News. Topher Grace, Bruce Greenwood, Elisabeth Moss, and Dennis Quaid also star.
|More movie releases on February 2, 2016|
|American Hero ACTION/COMEDY | Stephen Dorff|
|Anger of the Dead HORROR | Roberta Sparta|
|A Ballerina's Tale DOCUMENTARY|
|Batman: Bad Blood ANIMATION | Direct-to-video release|
|Big Stone Gap ROM-COM | Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg|
|Bleeding Heart DRAMA | Jessica Biel, Zosia Mamet|
|Delirious (1991) COMEDY | John Candy|
|Effie Gray DRAMA | Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise|
|Extraordinary Tales ANIMATION/ANTHOLOGY|
|Freeheld DRAMA | Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon|
|Gorp (1980) COMEDY | Dennis Quaid|
|He Never Died COMEDY/THRILLER/HORROR | Henry Rollins|
|Hellions HORROR | Robert Patrick|
|Highway to Hell (1991) HORROR/COMEDY | Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson|
|I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) COMEDY | Keenen Ivory Wayans|
|Julia HORROR/THRILLER | Ashley C. Williams|
|Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet ANIMATION|
|The Keeping Room DRAMA | Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Worthington|
|Ladrones COMEDY | Fernando Colunga, Eduardo Yañez|
|The Last Witch Hunter FANTASY/ACTION | Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood|
|Man Up ROM-COM/DRAMA | Simon Pegg, Lake Bell|
|Meadowland DRAMA | Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson|
|Rock the Kasbah COMEDY | Bill Murray, Zooey Deschanel|
|Shelter DRAMA | Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie|
|Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (1937) ANIMATION/FAMILY|
|Up the Creek (1984) COMEDY | Tim Matheson, Stephen Furst|
|The World of Kanako FOREIGN/DRAMA/HORROR|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Falling Skies Season 5|
|Falling Skies Complete series set|
|From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 2|
|Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 2006|
|The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Miniseries|
|The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Season 2|
|Mercy Street Season 1|
|The Scarlet Pimpernel Miniseries|
Director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Goodbye Solo) stumbled with his previous film At Any Price, his first feature to showcase well-known actors. But he returned to form with his 2015 drama 99 Homes. The film stars Andrew Garfield as a father who goes to work for the ruthless real estate broker (Michael Shannon) who evicted him from his house.
After an action movie detour (Pacific Rim), director Guillermo del Toro returned to the ghostly environs of The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth with this haunted house story co-written with Matthew Robbins (Mimic). Crimson Peak follows an aspiring author (Mia Wasikowska) who is wooed by a mysterious aristocrat (Tom Hiddleston) to return with him to his house where his sister (Jessica Chastain) also resides. To say the house has secrets would be an understatement.
Lily Tomlin returned to the big screen last summer in a widely praised performance in a character-driven comedy (written and directed by Paul Weitz) about three generations of women. Judy Greer, Marcia Gay Harden, Elizabeth Peña, Julia Garner, Laverne Cox, and Nat Wolff also star.
The 24th James Bond film is not the worst of Daniel Craig's 007 adventures, but it's close. (Quantum of Solace scored two points lower, if you were wondering.) It's yet another globetrotting adventure that picks up where Skyfall left off and returns many of the big names associated with that hit: director Sam Mendes, writers John Logan, Neil Purvis and Rob Wade, and stars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw. Joining them in SPECTRE (titled after the criminal syndicate introduced in the very first Bond film, Dr. No) are Christoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, and Stephanie Sigman.
Though it hits all the beats of a psychological thriller, Welcome to Leith is a documentary, not fiction. The film chronicles the attempted takeover of the small North Dakota town of Leith (pop. 24) by a white supremacist, who is not exactly welcomed by the town's inhabitants.
|More movie releases on February 9, 2016|
|A Date With Miss Fortune ROM-COM|
|The Emigrants (1971) / The New Land (1972) Criterion Collection release|
|Freaks of Nature HORROR/COMEDY | Ed Westwick, Patton Oswalt, Joan Cusack|
|Love the Coopers COMEDY | Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde|
|MI-5 ACTION/THRILLER | Kit Harington, Peter Firth|
|Portrait of a Serial Monogamist ROM-COM/DRAMA | Diane Flacks|
|Sheba, Baby (1975) ACTION/DRAMA | Pam Grier|
|The Southerner (1945) DRAMA | Directed by Jean Renoir|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|The Leftovers Season 2|
|Mountain Men Season 4 Vol. 1|
|Touched by an Angel Complete series set|
The latest from director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) stars Johnny Depp in an attention-grabbing (though not Oscar-nominated) performance as Whitey Bulger, who was recruited by FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) in the 1970s to help take down the Italian mob, only to become one of the most powerful gangsters in Boston history. Depp is supported by a strong cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, Corey Stoll, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard, and Kevin Bacon, and their performances help elevate a film that is otherwise a bit lightweight, according to critics.
The best film to date focusing on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs—even if few people bothered to go see it in theaters—Steve Jobs is a fictionalized take that's loosely based on Walter Isaacson’s book. A widely praised and Oscar-nominated Michael Fassbender (taking over from the originally cast Christian Bale) plays Jobs, Danny Boyle (a replacement for David Fincher) directs, and Aaron Sorkin pens the screenplay, which narrowly focuses on three key moments in Jobs' career rather than trying to paint a broader look at his life. Kate Winslet (also nominated for an Academy Award), Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels co-star.
In this biopic from director Jay Roach, Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo, the successful screenwriter whose career came to an end when he and many others working in Hollywood were blacklisted for their political beliefs. The film follows Trumbo as he fights the government and Hollywood studios by working on projects under various pseudonyms, eventually winning Oscars for The Brave One and Roman Holiday. Louis C.K., John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Root, and Alan Tudyk also star.
|More movie releases on February 16, 2016|
|The 33 DRAMA | Antonio Banderas, Cote de Pablo, James Brolin|
|Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution DOCUMENTARY|
|Criminal Activities DRAMA/THRILLER | Dan Stevens, Michael Pitt, John Travolta|
|Death by Hanging (1968) Criterion Collection release|
|The Iron Ministry FOREIGN/DOCUMENTARY|
|Key Largo (1948) THRILLER | Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall|
|The Kid (1921) Criterion Collection release|
|Labyrinth of Lies FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|No Way Out (1987) THRILLER | Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|The Andy Griffith Show Complete series set|
|The Brady Kids Complete series set|
|Girls Season 4|
|Peaky Blinders Series 2|
|Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Complete series set|
|Saints & Strangers Miniseries|
|Togetherness Season 1|
The latest unique, ironically titled, and divisive offering from The Comedy director Rick Alverson follows a failing stand-up comedian (Gregg Turkington, who often performs under the name Neil Hamburger) as he plays a string of dead-end gigs in the Mojave desert.
The lesser of Pixar's two 2015 releases ponders the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? The feature directorial debut from Peter Sohn, The Good Dinosaur follows Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa), an Apatosaurus with a big heart. As Arlo roams the Earth searching for his family, he gains an unlikely companion: a human boy. The voice cast includes Jeffrey Wright, Sam Elliott, Steve Zahn, Frances McDormand, and Anna Paquin.
It's another remake that asks the age-old question: Why? Juan José Campanella's critically-acclaimed Argentinian film The Secret in Their Eyes (winner of the Oscar for best foreign language film in 2009) is still worth seeking out. But not so much this Americanized version from writer-director Billy Ray (Breach). Set in Los Angeles and starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kelly, and Dean Norris, the remake makes some changes to the original narrative with a story about a FBI investigator whose daughter is brutally murdered, but it also nods to the original’s famous “one-shot” stadium chase sequence.
After a rare stumble with the Adam Sandler-starring The Cobbler in early 2015, writer-director Thomas McCarthy rebounded later that year with his most ambitious film yet, telling the true story of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team as they investigate allegations of widespread child molestation and systematic cover-up in the Catholic Church. The strong ensemble includes Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian D’Arcy James, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, and Stanley Tucci. The most honored film of 2015, Spotlight collected six Academy Award nominations and currently appears to be one of three nominees (along with The Big Short and The Revenant) with a serious chance at winning the best picture race.
|More movie releases on February 23, 2016|
|The Big Sleep (1946) THRILLER | Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall|
|Diablo WESTERN/THRILLER | Scott Eastwood, Walton Goggins|
|Dirty Old Town (2011) DRAMA/COMEDY|
|Extraction THRILLER | Bruce Willis, Kellan Lutz|
|The Girl in the Book DRAMA | Emily VanCamp|
|The Graduate (1967) Criterion Collection release|
|I Knew Her Well (1965) Criterion Collection release|
|I Smile Back DRAMA | Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles|
|Moonwalkers COMEDY | Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint|
|My All American DRAMA/SPORTS | Aaron Eckhart, Finn Wittrock|
|Pauline at the Beach (1983) FOREIGN/ROM-COM | Directed by Eric Rohmer|
|Racing Extinction DOCUMENTARY|
|Spies (1928) THRILLER | Directed by Fritz Lang|
|The Summer of Sangaile FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! DOCUMENTARY/MUSIC|
|Woman in the Moon (1929) SCI-FI | Directed by Fritz Lang|
|Yosemite DRAMA | James Franco|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Fargo Season 2|
|The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar TV movie|
|Shaun the Sheep Season 2|
|Warehouse 13 Complete series Blu-ray set|
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