Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Opening This Weekend - December 18

Here are the films coming out this week:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Well here it is at last! We've waited with bated breath ever since the first teaser, and now it's here. The premiere was Monday night, and everyone is going into lock-down mode, shutting off social media, tuning out of Twitter, Google+, and Facebook until they can see it for themselves. So please, good or bad, no spoilers!



It's hard to imagine any film standing a chance at the box office this weekend opening alongside Star Wars, but if anyone has a chance it's undoubtedly beloved comedians Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Sure "Sister" and "Star Wars" are going after very different audience, and that should help, but this film may have been better off opening next weekend. So far initial reviews are slightly mixed to mostly positive. 


Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Ugh, why do these films keep coming out? Or better yet, why do they exist? Oh that's right, because kids help pave the way to strong numbers at the box office, even if these continue to get bashed by critics. This one should be the film for younger audiences this month, but then again "Star Wars" has always sought out younger audiences as well. Let's face it, if the parents have to take the kids to a movie this weekend, they're going to try to convince them to see something they can both enjoy right?


Son of Saul

This is one of the critical darlings of the year. From festivals around the world and the many award nominations coming up, if you haven't already heard about this film, you will. It promises to be intense, and unforgettable. It has a serious shot at winning the Oscar for best Foreign Feature.



This fairly generic looking, low budget, A Good Day to Die Hard-esque action thriller seems to know its place. Despite coming out the same weekend as The Force Awakens, Extraction is avoiding going head on against the likely juggernaut by opting for a limited theatrical release alongside a VOD release. So even if you're not feeling like going out, you can rent this Bruce Willis lead action flick without leaving the house.


The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun

While you're perusing the list of available films to rent digitally, out this week is this French thriller based on the S├ębastien Japrisot novel La dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil. Yet, again, it faces stiff competition for views even if it's a VOD release.


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