Out This Week: 24 December 2015

One of the year's best dramas, a passable action remake, a forgettable holiday film and a cutesy animated feature. What're you going to watch?

This weekend doesn’t have big event films like last week’s, but you guys still have some interesting new releases. Let’s just dive into them:

Point Break

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Directed by: Ericson Core 
With:  Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, and Ray Winstone
Heads up: A remake of the cult classic 1991 film, Point Break tells the story of a young FBI agent who infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. This is an example of a remake that no one asked for. The early reviews are unfavorable, and I personally would rather rewatch Star Wars: The Force Awakens instead.


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Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson 
With:  Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, and Joan Allen  
Heads up: The story of 5 years old Jack and his mother who are trapped and locked up in a windowless small room. This room is Jack’s entire world, but despite that his mother is making sure that Jack knows about and imagines the world outside. This film is based on a bestselling book with the same name. You should know that this film appears in almost all best of the year critical lists and garnered all kind of awards nominations. Our critic Shariq Madani wrote in his 4.5 Stars review:For a film with a subject so grim and horrific, Room is remarkably uplifting. It asks some very basic but important questions about life, hope, and parenthood, answering some and letting the audience ponder on others“. That is why I think this is the film to watch this weekend.

Love The Coopers

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Directed by: Jessie Nelson
With:  Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, and Alan Arkin 
Heads up: When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turns the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. This film has an amazing ensemble cast. but the reviews complain about a bland weak script. That said, if you are looking for a forgettable holiday comedy, then this one might satisfy you.

The Peanuts Movie

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Directed by: Steve Martino
With:  Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, and Hadley Belle Miller  
Heads up: Based on the beloved comic strip, Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life. This movie is for the ones who grew up reading the comic, or watching the TV specials, and maybe its a good way to introduce them to the new generation of kids. I say go for it.

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