Thursday, December 3, 2015

Jinn (2014)

Number Rolled: 49
Movie Name/Year: Jinn (2014)
Tagline: None
Genre: Thriller
Length: 97 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Production Companies: Exxodus Pictures
Executive Producer: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, Richard Mandell, Najam Syed, Shahid Syed
Director: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad
Writer: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad
Actors: Dominic Rains, Ray Park, William Atherton, Faran Tahir, Serinda Swan, Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, Arman Pirzada, Imtiaz Ahmad, Dennis North, Milica Govich

Shawn gets a mysterious package one day and it leads him to a couple of strange people insisting that the world is different than he believes.

Selina’s Point of View:
I didn’t think I’d enjoy this film. I was expecting something much different than I got.

Sure, some of the graphics weren’t exactly top of the line, but I have seen MUCH worse. The acting was well above what I was expecting and the script was too.

I should have expected something decent out of Ray Park (Heroes, The King of Fighters, X-Men), but he wasn’t the star. The star was Dominic Rains (How to be a Gangster in America, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, General Hospital). There were some scenes where Rains really blew me away. None of the other actors really left an impression on me, for better or worse.

Although I mostly enjoyed the film, there were some issues.

At times, the story was disjointed. In fact, there was one scene that was set to the sound of a heart beating that was cut so strangely that it seemed like a movie trailer right smack in the middle of the film. There were some scenes at the end that were also really difficult to follow, but at that point in the story that might have been on purpose. I didn’t think those scenes were necessary or enjoyable.

There were also a few issues with the script. A redundancy that was only visible in a few spots.

Despite the flaws, I liked Jinn and would watch it again.

Cat’s Point of View:
The trailer for this movie was exciting and intriguing, and reeled me in. I wanted to like this film so very much. It definitely didn’t blow me away in the way that I hoped – but it wasn’t bad, either. I was a bit disappointed.

Parts of the movie left something to be desired. They could have done better with their transitions between scenes. At some points I had to jiggle my mouse to make sure my monitor hadn’t gone to sleep because the screen had just gone black. Don’t adjust your tech, everyone – the movie does that. It’s not you.

I think the film got a lot of bang for its small amount of ‘buck’ with the special effects. Sometimes you can really tell when a movie is having to cut corners for the bottom line – that wasn’t necessarily the case here.

The writing was a little on the weak side and the movie seemed a little choppy. It felt like there needed to be more room for character development. There are big question marks in my mind, even after the final credits had rolled. I think they could have put that ‘black-screen’ time to better use, really.

It’s possible that some of those answers might be planned for revelations in a sequel. I’m not sure that’s going to happen, given the abysmal box office.

All that being said, there are some positive things I enjoyed about this film.

I’m not all that familiar with Dominic Rains (Mind of the Warrior, Broken, Camino), but he did a decent job with what he had to work with here.  There was too little screen time for Serinda Swan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Creature, Sister) in this film, plain and simple.

I had a good giggle over William Atherton (Kush, The Girl Next Door, The Citizen) as the helpful priest. In my mind, he will forever be Walter Peck from Ghostbusters (1984).

While I didn’t recognize him at first with the facial hair going on, I was pleasantly surprised that the role of Gabriel was played by Ray Park (Hellbinders, The Legend of Bruce Lee, Black Box). I think they seriously under-utilized him in this movie.  Most of his big “action” sequence was in slow motion. What?!?!

I mean come on! We’re talking about Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace (1999) and Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) here. They could have done so much more with his martial arts ability. Though, maybe they just didn’t want him to out-shine the main character. The special effects around his big scene were really cool, though.

We now come to the biggest reason I wanted to watch this movie. I’ll admit it – I was geeking out, the whole time. FireBreather. It practically had a role of its very own in the film – and for $60,000, 50 lucky people among the ‘general public’ had the opportunity to purchase one for themselves.

Yes, I’m talking about the car.

Writer, Director, and Executive Producer of the film, Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad (The Citizen, Alliance, It's a Mismatch) designed the vehicle to enhance the fire theme of the supernatural element of the movie. As a Michigan man, he wanted to blend the state’s automotive history with his film-making.

Classic Design Concepts in Novi, Michigan accomplished this by taking a fifth generation 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and stripping it down completely to rebuild it in the spirit of what a brand new Firebird might look like today, had GM not canned its Pontiac line. It was a beast, and took on a life of its own in the film. 

Can you tell what my favorite car is? Just a little?

I liked the film – the car is making it onto my list of favorites; but, sadly, not the movie.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 10%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 33%

Netflix’s Prediction for Selina – 2.5/5
Selina’s Trust-the-Dice Score3.5/5

Netflix’s Prediction for Cat – 2.2/5
Cat’s Trust-the-Dice Score3/5

P.S. There’s a mid-credits scene and another scene after the rest of the credits.

Movie Trailer:

Monday, November 30, 2015

Top 20 Movies to Look Out For In December (2015)

According to: Cat

20 – Chi-Raq (12/4)

Tag Lines: This is an Emergency!!!
Production Companies40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Amazon Studios
Executive Producers: Jon Kilik, Kevin Willmott
DirectorSpike Lee
WritersKevin Willmott, Spike Lee, Aristophanes (play "Lysistrata' by)
ActorsNick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Samuel L Jackson, John Cusack, Jennifer Hudson, D.B. Sweeney, Dave Chapelle
Genre: Drama

Spike Lee (Inside Man, Passing Strange, Oldboy) is no stranger to his films sparking controversy. The title of the film is a nickname given to the city of Chicago, IL due to the amount of violence that is prevalent there in recent times. 

The trailer for this movie wasn’t what I expected. I was envisioning something more gritty and shocking – and was pleasantly intrigued to find myself wrong. 

The movie is a modern re-imagining of the ancient Greek play, Lysistrata, by Aristophanes (c.446 – c.386 BC) whom is said to be one of the ‘fathers of comedy.’ That being said, this film appears that it just might appeal to a wide range of audiences.

19 – The Letters (12/4)

Tag Line: N/A
Production Company: Big Screen Productions V
Executive Producers: Ty Accornero, Grant Cramer, William Riead, Jonathan Sheinberg, Susan Ursitti
Director: William Riead
Writers: William Riead
Actors: Juliet Stevenson, Rutger Hauer, Max von Sydow
Genre: Drama
Rated: PG 

While I was growing up, Mother Teresa (1910–1997) was a household name. That isn’t so much the case anymore, since she passed in 1997; but her legacy remains. Her work in Calcutta, India among the poorest of the poor was inspirational – and also controversial to some. 

She was the winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, and the Catholic Church is working through the steps that might lead to one day canonizing her as a saint.   

This movie promises to be a poignant peek into her life and work, as told through letters she wrote over 50 years to her long-time friend, Father Celeste van Exem.

18 – Concussion (12/25)

Tag Line: Nothing hits harder than the truth
Production Companies: The Cantillon Company, LStar Capital, Scott Free Productions, The Shuman Company, Village Roadshow Pictures
Executive Producers: David Crockett, Michael Schaefer
Director: Peter Landesman
Writer: Peter Landesman, Jeanne Marie Laskas (GQ article "Game Brain")
Actors: Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stephen Moyer, Alec Baldwin, Eddie Marsan, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Morse
Genre: Drama
Rated: PG-13

When I watched this trailer, I nearly didn’t recognize Will Smith (Seven Pounds, Winter's Tale, Focus). 

Sports movies aren’t usually “my thing.” This doesn’t appear to be the typical setup for such. The trailer spins it more like a conspiracy drama. 

Repeated concussion trauma is a real issue facing athletes today. While Smith’s movies tend to be hit or miss, he seems to really embody this role – at the very least, the film will bring awareness to these concerns.

17 – The Big Short (12/23)

Tag Line: This is a true story.
Production Companies: Plan B Entertainment, Regency Enterprises
Executive Producer: Louise Rosner
Director: Adam McKay
Writers: Michael Lewis (based on the book by), Adam McKay & Charles Randolph (screenplay)
Actors: Brad Pitt, Finn Wittrock, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Marisa Tomei, Karen Gillan, Steve Carell, Max Greenfield, Melissa Leo
Genre: Drama
Rated: R

The powerhouse cast alone is a good reason to see this movie. With the caliber of actors working on this film – it should be nothing short of riveting. 

While the financial issues that have happened over the last several years have led to many tragedies; the topic, itself, is a bit dry. This film looks to elevate the material so that audiences should find it interesting, even if not exactly business/finance savvy.

16 – A Very Murray Christmas (12/4)

Tag Line: N/A
Production Company: Netflix
Executive Producers: Roman Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Mitch Glazer, Tony Hernandez, Casey Patterson, Michael Zakin
Director: Sofia Coppola
Writers: Sofia Coppola, Mitch Glazer, Bill Murray
Actors: Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, Michael Cera, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, David Johansen, Rashida Jones, Jenny Lewis, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Julie White, Phoenix
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Rated: NR

Bill Murray (Fantastic Mr. Fox, St. Vincent, Aloha) is pretty much a living comedy legend. He is also no stranger to Christmas movies, having starred in Scrooged (1988).

 It doesn’t look like he’ll be performing quite such a miserly role this time around. This looks like one of the classic holiday variety shows, full of celebrity guest appearances. 

Whether or not this has a cohesive plot, this film should be a rollicking good time!

15 – The Ridiculous Six (12/11)

Tag Line: N/A
Production Company: Happy Madison Productions
Executive Producers: Tim Herlihy, Heather Parry
Director: Frank Coraci
Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
Actors: Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Terry Crews, Taylor Lautner, Danny Trejo, Nick Nolte, Will Forte, Harvey Keitel, Luke Wilson, Rob Schneider, Steve Zahn, David Spade, John Tururro, Norm MacDonald
Genre: Comedy, Western
Rated: NR

I know I can't be alone in noticing the parallels between this movie and Quentin Tarantino's (Grindhouse: Deathproof, Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained) new film.

Beyond the naming theme, and the fact they're both westerns; this movie takes a vastly different path. 

In the true sense of an Adam Sandler (Grown Ups, That's My Boy, The Cobbler) flick, this promises to live up to its name as absolutely ridiculous. That being said, it should be full of easy laughs and physical comedy - the perfect recipe to relieve stress from the holiday rushing around. 

14 – Bleeding Heart (12/11)

Tag Line: Tied by blood. Bound by lies.
Production Companies: Super Crispy Entertainment, Fido Features
Executive Producer: Dan Halsted
Director: Diane Bell
Writer: Diane Bell
Actors: Jessica Biel, Zosia Mamet, Exie Booker, Edi Gathegi
Genre: Drama
Rated: NR

Jessica Biel (Next, New Year's Eve, Total Recall) has come a long way since her 7th Heaven (1996–2007) days. 

Her character, May, has tracked down her sister to find that she's in a bad spot. This movie promises to be about much more than just the bond of the sisters being tested. It looks to shine a light on domestic violence and abusive relationships. 

The trailer was intense, and I'm already rooting for the sisters. Sometimes a peek into the darkness helps us appreciate the light of this holiday season more. 

13 – Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (12/18)

Tag Line: Fast & Furry-ous
Production Companies: Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Bagdasarian Productions, Sunswept Entertainment, TSG Entertainment
Executive Producer: Caroline MacVicar
Director: Walt Becker
Writers: Randi Mayem Singer, Janice Karman, Ross Bagdasarian
Actors: Kaley Cuoco, Bella Thorne, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Jesse McCartney
Genre: Animated Adventure, Comedy
Rated: PG

No matter how ridiculous these movies get, I can't help but watch. My daughter also enjoys them - which makes me giddy, because Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983-1990) was a staple of my childhood. 

There usually is a good message buried somewhere under all the shenanigans, which is a bonus. How many times do you think Jason Lee (Underdog, Columbus Circle, Tell) will shout 'Alvinnn!!!!' in this one?

12 – Krampus (12/4)

Tag Line: You don't want to be on his list.
Production Companies: Legendary Pictures, Universal Pictures
Executive Producers: Michael Dougherty, Alex Garcia, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull
Director: Michael Dougherty
Writers: Todd Casey, Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields
Actors: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, tevania LaVie Owen, Krista Stadler
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Rated: PG-13

This movie isn't your usual Christmas tale. 

There have been a few films this year that have come out with a nightmarish Christmas situation storyline. This one, perhaps, is the best timed release of such. Its rating is right in the range to give families a holiday-themed chill without going too far towards 'the naughty list' - but definitely not for little children.  

Poltergeist (1982) had me afraid of my closet for YEARS. This movie just might terrify little ones away from presents, the fireplace, or any number of happy holiday things that get twisted up in this movie; if the trailer is any indication. This should be a great selection for the horror lovers that are feeling festive. 

11 – He Never Died (12/18)

Tag Line: Bullets. Blood. Bingo.
Production Company: Alternate Ending Studios
Executive Producers: Robert Benvie, Jonathan Bronfman, David Miller, Dan Peel
Director: Jason Krawczyk
Writers: Jason Krawczyk
Actors: Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart, Steven Ogg, Jordan Todosey, James Cade, Tamara Almeida, Michael Cram
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror
Rated: R

Henry Rollins (H for Hunger, Sons of Anarchy, In the House of Flies) is a legitimate badass.

 He was the front man for Black Flag, he's written books and poetry, has his own record label and publishing company, is a TV film critic, an actor, and a Radio DJ...and that's just scratching the surface. 

His character, Jack, is antisocial for a reason. The world isn't done with him, however. This dark comedy promises to be a wild ride, and I can't wait to jump on board. Woe to those that piss this man off (both in reality and fictionally). 

10 – The Lady in the Van (12/4)

Tag Line: A mostly true story
Production Companies: BBC Films, TriStar Productions
Executive Producer: Ed Wethered
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Writer: Alan Bennett
Actors: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Jim Broadbent, Russell Tocey, Claire Foy
Genre: Drama
Rated: PG-13

Dame Maggie Smith (Gnomeo & Juliet, Quartet, Downtown Abbey) is a truly phenomenal actress. From a shapeshifting wizardess to a Dowager Countess, she captures the essence of every role brilliantly. This movie promises to be quirky, eccentric, and heartwarming.

9 – Joy (12/25)

Tag Line: N/A
Production Companies: Annapurna Pictures, Davis Entertainment
Executive Producers: Matthew Budman, John Fox, Joy Mangano, Mary McLaglen, Annie Mumolo, George Parra, Ethan Smith
Director: David O. Russell
Writers: David O. Russell, Annie Mumolo
Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Elisabeth Röhm, Dascha Polanco, Virginia Madsen, Édgar Ramírez, Isabella Rossellini, Drena De Niro
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Rated: PG-13

There's no question that the combination of Jennifer Lawrence (The Poker House, The Devil You Know, Serena) and Bradley Cooper (The Words, Hit and Run, Aloha) in a movie together makes magic happen.

I can only imagine when you figure in Robert De Niro (Freelancers, The Bag Man, Heist), as well - it's a movie not to be missed. 

I love that the film underscores hard work leading to success rather than entitlement. Something interesting to note is that De Niro's daughter, Drena De Niro (The Lovebirds, ExTerminators, The Intern), is also in the film.

8 – In the Heart of the Sea (12/11)

Tag Line: Based on the incredible true story that inspired Moby-Dick
Production Companies: Cott Productions, Enelmar Productions, A.I.E., Imagine Entertainment, K. JAM Media,  Roth Films, Spring Creek Productions, Sur-Film, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros.
Executive Producers: David Bergstein, Bruce Berman, Sarah Bradshaw, Palak Patel, Ron Howard
Director: Ron Howard
Writers: Charles Leavitt, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Nathaniel Philbrick (book "In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex")
Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Ben Whishaw, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Charlotte Ray, Brendan Gleeson, Frank Dillane, Paul Anderson, Donald Sumpter
Genre: Action/Adventure, Biography
Rated: PG-13

This promises to be one whale of a tale. (I couldn't help it.) 

Ron Howard (Cinderella Man, The DaVinci Code, The Delimma) is one of my favorite directors of all time. He certainly knows how to weave an epic story together. Herman Melville's classic, Moby Dick, is a grand tale grown from a seed of truth. 

This film explores what inspired story that evolved into the hunt for the Great White Whale. I am interested to see what Chris Hemsworth (The Cabin in the Woods, Red Dawn, Rush) does with this role. 

The trailers look intense. He shed quite a bit of mass that he'd bulked up with for his superhero roles specifically for this movie. 

7 – MI-5 (12/4)

Tag Line: Loyalty is treason
Production Companies: Shine Pictures, Kudos Film and Television, Pinewood Pictures, Creative England, Isle of Man Film, Shotz Fiction Film
Executive Producer: Richard Holmes
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Writers: Jonathan Brackley, Sam Vincent, David Wolstencroft (television series "Spooks")
Actors: Kit Harington, Peter Firth, Elyes Gabel, Tuppence Middleton, Geoffrey Streatfield, Elliot Levey, Jennifer Ehle, Tim McInnerny, Lara Pulver, Michael Wildman, David Harewood
Genre: Action, Thriller
Rated: R

This movie is inspired by a television show that ran from 2002-2011. What's interesting to note is that several of the original cast of the show are included in the movie. Among them, Peter Firth (The Greatest Game Ever Played, World Without End, MayDay), whom played MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce, reprises his role. 

I have always enjoyed a good spy action/thriller, and this movie looks to be exciting. 

Fans of Game of Thrones (2011– ) will get to enjoy Kit Harington (Pompeii, Testament of Youth, Seventh Son) in the lead role here to help tide over, if only a little, until the series returns in April. 

6 – The Hateful Eight (12/25)

Tag LineNo one to trust. Everyone to hate.
Production Company: The Weinstein Company
Executive Producers: Georgia Kacandes, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Actors: Channing Tatum, Zoë Bell, Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir, James Parks
Genre: Western
Rated: R

Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill: Vol 2, Sin City, Grindhouse: Deathproof) may have a few screws loose - but I think that only helps with his storytelling. 

This movie looks to be bloody, and brilliant. I am also highly curious which role Channing Tatum (The Lego Movie, Foxcatcher, The Book of Life) is playing. I don't remember seeing him an any of the trailers. 

But seriously, Kurt Russell (Sky High, Poseidon, Furious 7) in another western? Hell yes, sign me up!

5 – Point Break (12/25)

Tag Line: The only law that matters is gravity
Production Companies: Alcon Entertainment, DMG Entertainment, Ehman Productions, Studio Babelsberg
Executive Producers:  John McMurrick, Dan Mintz
Director: Ericson Core
Writers: Kurt Wimmer, Rick King, W. Peter Iliff
Actors: Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, Édgar Ramírez, Tobias Santelmann, Ray Winstone, Delroy Lindo, James Le Gros, Bojesse Christopher, Clemens Schick, Matias Varela
Genre: Action, Crime
Rated: PG-13

When I first heard that this movie was being remade, I was a bit angry. Why is Hollywood recycling films that have already paid their dues and earned their place in cinematic history?! It almost feels a bit like blasphemy to recreate one of the late, great Patrick Swayze's (Keeping Mum, Christmas in Wonderland, Jump!) films.

After watching the trailer and a little research, however; I've found that I'm more curious than anything. 

The fact that the same writing team as the original movie have written this adaptation mollifies me, somewhat. There are even a couple actors from the original that are in the new film. Bojesse Christopher (The Bondage, Remember My Story, Endless), whom was the original Grommet; and James Le Gros (Vantage Point, Skateland, Big Miracle), the original Roach, will both be involved in the FBI in the new film. I find that to be an interesting switch up. 

The action also looks breathtaking. I can't help but want to watch it just to see if they do justice to the memory of the original without being too close to a carbon copy. 

4 – American Hero (12/11)

Tag Line: N/A
Production Companies: Vertigo Films, Protagonist Pictures
Executive Producer: N/A
Director: Nick Love
Writers: Nick Love
Actors: Stephen Dorff, Eddie Griffin, Raeden Greer, Bill Billions, Jonathan Billions, Keena Ferguson
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Rated: NR

What would you do if you had telekinetic abilities? Would you take on the injustices of the world like a superhero, or would you try to stay in the background to avoid becoming a lab rat? 

There's a serious choice for the main character, underneath all the shenanigans of this film. 

That being said, this movie looks hilarious. Stephen Dorff (Immortals, Brake, Tomorrow You're Gone) is a great anti-hero, and Eddie Griffin (Date Movie, Norbit, Highway) is exceptionally funny. I am excited to see what they accomplish together. 

3 – Macbeth (12/4)

Tag Line: All hail Macbeth that shall be king
Production Companies: See-Saw Films, DMC Film
Executive Producer: Olivier Courson, Danny Perkins, Tessa Ross
Director: Justin Kurzel
Writers: Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie, Todd Louiso, William Shakespeare
Actors: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, Lochlann Harris, Kayla Fallon, Lynn Kennedy, Seylan Baxter, Amber Rissmann, David Thewlis, David Hayman, Jack Reynor, Brian Nickels, Sean Harris
Genre: Drama
Rated: NR

I am always a fan of Shakespearean works brought to the big screen. I love seeing the classic stories come to life. This is no different. 

"The Scottish Play" is infamous for the superstitions surrounding it. It is said that Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, The Counselor, Frank) followed the tradition of not naming the play by its proper title; at the very least immediately preceding the Cannes Film Festival, where this movie was the closing film. 

His chemistry with Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, Blood Ties, The Little Prince), even in the trailers, is electrifying. Against the moody and mystical backdrop of Scotland, this film promises to be gorgeous and epic. 

2 – Christmas Eve (12/4)

Tag Lines: They'll be home for Christmas...if only in their dreams.
Production Company: Unstuck
Executive Producers: Ken Bretschneider, Mitch Davis, Larry King, Shawn Southwick
Director: Mitch Davis
Writers: Mitch Davis, Tyler McKellar
Actors: Patrick Stewart, Jon Heder, James Roday, Julianna Guill, Gary Cole, Cheryl Hines, Max Casella
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rated: PG

A power outage on Christmas Eve strands 6 elevators around New York. The movie is the tale of the people trapped inside those elevators, running quite the gambit of emotions. 

The film promises to be both hilarious and poignant. I have to admit that I want to see Sir Patrick Stewart (Ted, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Green Room) in this movie. His character seems to be a bit Scroogy in the trailer. I wonder how Dickens-like his Christmas Eve will become. This movie seems to have a little something for everyone in it. 

1 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12/18)

Tag Line: Every generation has a story.
Production Companies: Lucasfilm Ltd., Bad Robot, Truenorth Productions
Executive Producers:  Tommy Harper, Jason D. McGatlin
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt, George Lucas
Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Warwick Davis, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Billie Lourd, John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Simon Pegg, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Rated: PG-13

It’s Star Wars with the return of the original cast. Need I say more? Really? 

December 18th, 2015 has a big highlight on it upon many calendars all over the world. 

One of my earliest movie memories was Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). I remember that some cereal boxes had masks on the back, at one point. You could cut it off of the back and be a storm trooper or C-3PO. 

While I’m not excited about what was done with the prequels, I love the idea of the continued story that picks up some time after Episode VI.

Go watch it. Get your tickets now!

Movies to Look out For
According to: Selina

A Very Murray Christmas - 20
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip - 19
The Ridiculous Six - 18
The Lady in the Van - 17
Every Thing Will Be Fine - 16
Point Break - 15
The Letters - 14
Macbeth - 13
MI-5 - 12
The Big Short - 11
Chi-Raq - 10
Krampus - 9
Joy - 8
Christmas Eve - 7
In the Heart of the Sea - 6
American Hero - 5
He Never Died - 4
Concussion - 3
The Hateful Eight - 2
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - 1