This Week in Movies

Crystal Friedman December 28, 2011 0

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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