December 2015 Movies




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Krampus

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.
Todd Casey, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, David Koechner, Michael Dougherty, Thomas Tull, Zach Shields, Adam Scott
Comedy Fantasy Horror
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Youth

Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel as Mick, Youth explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz), Mick is intent on finishing the screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (Academy Award winner Jane Fonda). And where will inspiration lead their younger friend Jimmy (Paul Dano), an actor grasping to make sense of his next performance?
Paul Dano, Michael Caine, Paolo Sorrentino, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda
Drama

Christmas Eve

When a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve, they find that laughter, romance, and a little holiday magic will get them through - and change their lives in unexpected ways. A heartless real estate tycoon (Patrick Stewart) clings to life in a precarious construction elevator hundreds of feet off the ground. Unexpected relationships bloom for a musician (Cheryl Hines) stuck with her dysfunctional orchestra mates, as well as an aspiring fashion photographer (James Roday) confined with the introverted paralegal in his apartment building (Julianna Guill). A crass HR manager (Max Casella) trapped with an employee he just fired (Jon Heder) and a cynical doctor (Gary Cole) transporting his terminal patient are forced to reconsider the way they think about others in this all-star ensemble comedy that proves that in a city of eight million, you never know who you might get stuck with.
Mitch Davis, Jon Heder, Gary Cole, Patrick Stewart, James Roday, Cheryl Hines, Max Casella, Shawn King
Comedy Holiday

MI-5

When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London.
Bharat Nalluri, Sam Vincenti, Jonathan Brackley, Peter Firth, Kit Harington, Jennifer Ehle

The Lady in the Van

Alan Bennett's story is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who "temporarily" parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives.
Dominic Cooper, Nicholas Hytner, Jim Broadbent, Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, James Corden, Roger Allam
Drama Biography

Macbeth

The story revolves around Macbeth and Banquo, generals under the command of Duncan, the King of Scotland.
Justin Kurzel, Marion Cotillard, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Mary Jane Skalski, Todd Louiso, Michael Fassbender, Angus Finney
Drama Adaptation Based on Play

Hitchcock/Truffaut

In 1962, Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting—used to produce the mythical book Hitchcock/Truffaut—this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo.
Kent Jones, Serge Toubiana
Documentary

The Wannabe

A story about Thomas (Piazza), a man obsessed with Mafia culture during the 1990s in New York City. When Thomas' failed attempts to fix the trail of infamous mobster John Gotti gets him rejected by the people he idolizes most, a sets off on a drug infused crime spree with his girlfriend Rose (Arquette) by brazenly robbing the local Mafia hangouts.
Vincent Piazza, Nick Sandow, David Zayas, Martin Scorsese, Patricia Arquette, Michael Imperioli
Drama True Story

Chi-Raq

Women abstain from sex to persuade their significant others to end gang violence in Chicago.
Samuel L. Jackson, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Spike Lee, Angela Bassett, D.B. Sweeney, Nick Cannon, John Cusack
Drama

Every Thing Will Be Fine

This drama charts the emotional odyssey of a struggling novelist (James Franco) whose life is turned upside down one wintry night when following a fatal car accident. The incident sets him on a soul-searching, decades-long journey towards redemption, a quest that profoundly touches the lives of both his girlfriend (Rachel McAdams) and the accident victim’s mother (Charlotte Gainsbourg).
James Franco, Peter Stormare, Wim Wenders, Bjørn Olaf Johannessen, Rachel McAdams, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Robert Naylor
Drama

Life

Dennis Stock is a young photographer working for the Magnum agency receives an assignment that changes his life: shoot a free-spirited actor named James Dean. The gig becomes a personal journey for both as they travel from L.A. to New York to Indiana.
Luke Davies, Dane DeHaan, Robert Pattinson, Ben Kingsley, Anton Corbijn
Drama

The World of Kanako

In The World Of Kanako, broken ex-detective Akikazu (IKôji Yakusho) searches for his missing teenage daughter (newcomer Nana Komatsu), only to discover that she may not be the person who he once thought she was following a shocking trail of drugs, sex and violence.
Tetsuya Nakashima
Thriller

The Letters

Mother Teresa, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times. Her selfless commitment changed hearts, lives and inspired millions throughout the world. The Letters, as told through personal letters she wrote over the last 40 years of her life, reveal a troubled and vulnerable women who grew to feel an isolation and an abandonment by God. The story is told from the point of view of a Vatican priest charged with the task of investigating acts and events following her death. He recounts her life’s work, her political oppression, her religious zeal and her unbreakable spirit.
William Riead, Juliet Stevenson, Max von Sydow, Rutger Hauer

Imba Means Sing

The film follow Angel, Moses and Nina from the slums of Kampala, Uganda through a world tour with the Grammy-nominated African Children's Choir. The film is stunningly shot and told through Angel, Moses and Nina's perspectives on their one shot journey from poverty to education.
Danielle Bernstein
Documentary

Stink

After purchasing brand new pajamas for his young daughters as a Christmas gift, single father Jon Whelan is troubled when opening the packaging releases a foul odor. Determined to uncover the source of this mysterious stench and whether it poses a health risk to his daughters, Whelan quickly discovers that manufacturers and retailers in the U.S. have no obligation to reveal chemicals used in their products, even if those chemicals can cause cancer, birth defects, and reproductive damage.

Entertaining, enlightening, and at times almost absurd,“Stink! takes you on a madcap journey from the retailer to the laboratory, through corporate boardrooms, down back alleys, and into the halls of Congress.
Jon Whelan
Documentary
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In the Heart of the Sea

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.
Chris Hemsworth, Brian Grazer, Benjamin Walker, Tom Hollander, Ed Zwick, Brendan Gleeson, Palak Patel, Ron Howard
Drama Adaptation
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Ridiculous 6

When his outlaw dad is kidnapped, Tommy “White Knife” Stockburn sets off across the West on a rescue mission with five brothers he never knew he had.
Luke Wilson, Taylor Lautner, Adam Sandler, Danny Trejo, Nick Nolte, Frank Coraci, Tim Herlihy, Steve Buscemi
Comedy Western

The Big Short

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.
Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Adam McKay, Ryan Gosling, Melissa Leo, Tracy Letts
Drama True Story

Don Verdean

"Biblical archaeologist" DON VERDEAN starts falsifying his findings after his wacky search for the Skull of Goliath meets with disaster at every turn. Verdean subsequently sets out to locate the Holy Grail for a deep-pockets Chinese magnate -- another wild and woolly adventure that ends in chaos. But when he's ultimately called to account for his massive frauds, Don Verdean realizes just what in life is really important.
Sam Rockwell, Jared Hess, Leslie Bibb, Jerusha Hess, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Danny R. McBride, Will Forte
Comedy

Close Range

After rescuing his kidnapped niece from a powerful drug cartel, Colton MacReady (Scott Adkins) begins a relentless fight to save his family. The cartel has descended upon his secluded ranch with a thirst for revenge. In tow are a corrupt local sheriff and his crew of deputies, ensuring that help won’t be coming any time soon. What ensues is a non-stop assault on the ranch, a blow-by-blow survival marathon for Colton to protect his loved ones and save his life.
Isaac Florentine, Scott Adkins
Action Adventure

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The beginning of a new Star Wars trilogy will take place 30 years after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The new films will feature "a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces" (per StarWars.com).
J.J. Abrams, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Simon Kinberg, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, Lawrence Kasdan
Action Adventure Sequel Sci-Fi 3D
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.
Justin Long, Randi Mayem Singer, Janice Karman, Adam Sztykiel, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Faris, Walt Becker, Karen Rosenfelt
Sequel Family Animation
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Sisters

Follows two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.
Tina Fey, James Brolin, John Cena, Renee Elise Goldberry, Jason Moore, Paula Pell, Amy Poehler, Madison Davenport
Comedy
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Extraction

When a terrorist group kidnaps retired CIA field operative Leonard Turner (Bruce Willis), his son Harry Turner (Kellan Lutz), a government analyst who has been repeatedly turned down for field service, launches his own unsanctioned rescue operation. While evading highly skilled operatives, deadly assassins, and international terrorists, Harry finally puts his combat training to the test in a high-stakes mission to find his father and to stop a terrorist plot.
Bruce Willis, Max Adams, Gina Carano, Kellan Lutz, D.B. Sweeney, Steven C. Miller, Umair Aleem, Dan Bilzerian
Thriller

He Never Died

Jack (Henry Rollins) is in a rut. His existence has been whittled down to sleeping and watching TV, and he sees the human race as little more than meat with a pulse. When Jack suddenly finds his long-lost daughter taken by the city’s crime syndicate, he must combat his inner demons as he embarks on a bloody war path to seek revenge and save her.
Henry Rollins, Jason Krawczyk, Steven Ogg, Kate Greenhouse
Comedy Horror

Son of Saul

Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination.

While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son.

As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner's Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.
Laszlo Nemes
Drama

Mojin: The Lost Legend

Mojin: The Lost Legend pits a trio of legendary grave robbers against scholars, rivals, and the law – until an offer from a mysterious stranger tempts them into one last heist…an adventure that will test their skills, their friendship, and ultimately – their mortal souls.
Wuershan, Shu Qi, Chen Kun, Huang Bo
Action Adventure
Limited
1 / 5
Info Buy / Rent
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The Big Short

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.
Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Adam McKay, Ryan Gosling, Melissa Leo, Tracy Letts
Drama True Story
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

45 Years

In the five days leading up to Kate Mercer's 45th wedding anniversary, the planning for the party is going well, but then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.
Tom Courtenay, Andrew Haigh, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine James, Dolly Wells
Drama

Where to Invade Next

A subversive comedy in which Michael Moore, playing the role of "invader," visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America's most entrenched problems already existed in the world - they're just waiting to be co-opted.
Michael Moore
Documentary
New York / Los Angeles
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent
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Point Break

A young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways. Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes.
Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer, Ericson Core, John Baldecchi, Matias Varela, Kurt Wimmer, Edgar Ramirez, Tobias Santelmann
Action Thriller Crime Remake
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Joy

Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces.
Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Annie Mumolo, John Fox, Jennifer Lawrence, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, David O. Russell
Drama Biography True Story
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Daddy’s Home

The film follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Will Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Mark Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.
Mark Wahlberg, Joe Drake, Adam McKay, Alessandra Ambrosio, Will Ferrell, Sean Anders, Brian Burns, Chris Henchy
Comedy
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Concussion

Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu's emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.
Will Smith, Ridley Scott, Luke Wilson, Peter Landesman, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paul Reiser
Drama Thriller Sports
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Revenant

In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Mark L. Smith, Akiva Goldsman, David J. Kanter, Keith Redmon
Action Adventure
New York / Los Angeles
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Hateful Eight

In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Zoe Bell, Quentin Tarantino, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Action Western
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Anomalisa

Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of "How May I Help You Help Them?" is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he's scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life.
Duke Johnson, David Thewlis, Tom Noonan, Charlie Kaufman, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Drama Animation Stop-Motion
New York / Los Angeles
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent