IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
Release Date: December 11, 2015
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Brendan Gleeson, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy
Plot: A group of whalers meet their match in the form of a massive whale that is trying to demolish their ship
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
Director Ron Howard has a knack for giving audiences epic films to experience. This movie is no exception. The action is powerful, the cinematography is stunning, and the story is compelling and told well.
While this movie is a dark horse in the awards race this year, it would not surprise me to see it nominated in several technical categories as well as visual effects. If it ends up getting any acting nominations it would most likely be for Brendan Gleeson. He gives an impressive and emotional performance.
If you like epic sea tales, you will love this movie. If a 19th century yarn about a big, mean whale sounds boring to you, you should probably skip this movie.
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Director: Brian Helgeland
Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning
Plot: Two brothers control the British underground with their brains and brawn
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
Tom Hardy has quickly risen in the ranks to one of the best go-to guys in Hollywood. In LEGEND he plays both of the Kray brothers and does an amazing job.
This is an interesting, period-piece, gangster flick that will have you laughing, cheering, cringing, and covering your eyes. I'm not sure how close this movie stays to the true story, but if the real story is even half of what the movie portrays one would be wise to not cross the Krays.
This is not a film for those with a weak heart or stomach, it is full of gangster violence and all of the hard things that go along with that lifestyle. That said, it also has very compelling relationship stories between the brothers others in their lives.
This movie isn't going to win any of the big awards this year, nor will it be nominated for many, but it's still a film worth seeing if you are looking for a good gangster flick this weekend.