By The Commander
MACBETH (Release Date: Dec. 4, 2015)
For all of you who skipped out on your required Shakespeare reading assignments, here’s the video CliffsNotes version. Macbeth, a Thane of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches, that one day he will become King of Scotland. Want to know more? Read the damn book (or cheat and see this movie)! Directed by Justin Kurzel and stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Elizabeth Debicki and Sean Harris.
YOUTH (Release Date: Dec. 4, 2015)
A great cast, a bro version of On Golden Pond. Two old friends are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. Sounds as boring as its description. Couldn’t they have shot this at the Grand Budapest Hotel? Directed by Paolo Sorrentino and stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano.
STAR WARS: EPISODE VII-THE FORCE AWAKENS (Dec. 18, 2015)
A Long, Long Time ago, in a city not too far away, (San Rafael now San Francisco), someone said: “Let’s make another billion dollars. Where’s that Star Trek Director Guy?” Let me guess the story… Jedi Knights versus the Federation? A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Adam Driver.
SON OF SAUL (Release Date: Dec. 18, 2015)
Most films of the genocide in Nazi Germany are very powerful and moving. Expect no less from this film. In 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner, forced to burn corpses of other prisoners, finds moral survival trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. Sends chills up my spine. Directed by László Nemes and stars Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn and Todd Charmont.
THE BIG SHORT (Release Date: Dec. 23, 2015)
Couldn’t get enough of it in 2008? Miss all the other movies on the subject? Want to see Batman take on corrupt bankers and Wall Street? Then this movie is for you. Four outsiders in the world of high finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse, decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed. Directed by Adam McKay and stars Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Finn Wittrock and Selena Gomez.
JOY (Release Date: Dec. 25, 2015)
Great director and cast. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this film is also great. Joy is the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. Directed by David O. Russell and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.
CONCUSSION (Release Date: Dec. 25, 2015)
The true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, (a football-related brain trauma), in a pro player. It’s a David vs. Goliath story. I’m on the fence on this one. Directed by Peter Landesman and stars Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stephen Moyer and Alec Baldwin.
DADDY’S HOME (Release Date: Dec. 25, 2015)
A step dad’s life is turned upside down when his stepkids’ father comes back into their life. Didn’t we just see this with Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg in That’s My Boy? Directed by Sean Anders and John Morris, and stars Linda Cardellini, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell and Thomas Haden Church.