This Week in Movies


Here are your movie options for this week!

1. War Horse (PG-13) (dir. Steven Spielberg) [12/25]

Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Peter Mullan, Eddie Marsan, Niels Arestrup.

Plot: Young Albert enlists to service in WWI after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on.

Thoughts: I guess if you like movies about horses or can relate to them because you are a horse, this might be something you should see.

Watch the trailer here!

2. The Darkest Hour (PG-13) (dir. Chris Gorak) [12/25]

Stars:  Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor, Joel Kinnaman

Plot: In Moscow, five young people lead the charge against an alien race who have attacked Earth via our power supply.

Thoughts: Aliens and young people? At the same time? Wow, this looks too intense to watch.

Watch the trailer here!

3. Pariah (R) (dir. Dee Rees) [12/28 — LA/NYC/SF]

Stars: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis

Plot: A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

Thoughts: Official selection from the Sundance Film Festival. I have a soft spot for sad indie dramas and this one looks like a tear jerker. I’m sold.

Watch the trailer here!

4. Newlyweds (dir. Edward Burns) [12/26]

Stars: Edward Burns, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Kerry Bishé, Marsha Dietlein, Johnny Solo, Dara Coleman, Max Baker

Plot: Newlyweds Buzzy and Katie find their blissful life disrupted by the arrival of his half-sister and news of her sister’s marriage troubles.

Thoughts: Written, Directed and Starring Edward Burns? Who does this guy think he is? Woody Allen? Probably.

Watch the trailer here!

5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (PG-13) (dir. Stephen Daldry)[12/25]

Stars:  Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, John Goodman, Zoe Caldwell

Plot: A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Thoughts: At least Tom Hanks isn’t on a scooter.

Watch the trailer here!


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Growing up in Los Angeles, Crystal had nerdy tendencies early on that would soon classify her as a full time nerd. In the 3rd grade she was thoroughly convinced that she would get accepted to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and go on to fight mutant crime with Wolverine. After that she was convinced that Hogwarts would be the best bet, she would learn to leave her muggle life behind and certainly get sorted into Gryffindor. When all plans failed, she didn’t give up on her dreams. Crystal decided the next best thing would be to work in film and television and play the heroes she looked up to when she was a kid. She is currently studying comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade, in hopes of one day being on an NBC show that they inevitably try to cancel.

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