Bulls eye, Hit, or Miss: New Releases for the Week of December 22nd

Pan: Hit

  • The origin story of the beloved Peter Pan.
  • Pros: Visually stunning and it definitely had a Baz Lurhmann vibe to it.
  • The movie never stops going and you are constantly entertained.
  • Garrett Hedlund was wonderful as Hook giving a very comical perspective on a well known villain.
  • Cons: Like most reviewers agree on, the casting of Tiger Lily was absolutely wrong (even though Rooney Mara is great)
  • The movie tends to take the focus away from Peter (even though he is the title character) and put it on the secondary characters for the last half of the film.
  • Why Hit? Although visually stunning and very fun, Pan falls flat on developing the Peter Pan we all know.

Time Out of Mind: Hit

  • Richard Gere plays George, a homeless man who is seeking refuge in an intake centre for homeless men while trying to repair the relationship with his daughter.
  • Pros: Most of the movie is seen through an “outsiders” perspective as George is never seen as a proper person. You are given a voyeuristic perspective on George’s life.
  • Richard Gere is fantastic and unlike we are used to seeing him (handsome, well put together, womanizer, etc).
  • Cons: As the viewer, you are not given much to feel sympathetic towards George. Although he is homeless, he consistently engages in activities that are keeping him in his position.
  • Why Hit? It is a simple film that divulges into a lifestyle many of us do not have to deal with and allows it to be seen in a relatively realistic way.

Pawn Sacrifice: Hit

  • Based on a true story, Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) is a chess prodigy who must overcome his own personal struggles to defeat the worlds best chess player during the Cold War.
  • Pros: Tobey Maguire is excellent as Bobby Fischer. He is battle more demons than people knew and we get an inside look at it here.
  • Even though this is a movie about chess, the story itself is very intriguing.
  • The chess games were very well done and quite entertaining.
  • Cons: It is a movie about chess.
  • Why Hit? For a movie about chess it is about as good as you’d expect.

War Room: Miss

  • A family is looking to rebuild their relationships with one another with the help of an elderly woman.
  • Pros: The only one we can think of is that the message of the movie was very positive (even though quite unrealistic)
  • Cons: the writing, the acting, the ridiculous montage scenes.
  • There is one point where two of the characters are about to be robbed and the elderly woman screams “Put that knife down in the name of Jesus!”. Take that as you will
  • Why Miss? Overly preachy and unbelievably unrealistic

Sleeping With Other People: Hit

  • A serial cheater and a serial womanizer form a friendship that helps them reform themselves and brings forth an unspoken attraction.
  • Pros: Jason Sudekis and Alison Brie make an excellent comedy duo.
  • It may not be the most original story but the script and funny moments make it shine.
  • Cons: As mentioned, it is not a very original script and may remind you of When Harry Met Sally more than anything.
  • Why Hit? It’s a cute romantic comedy that thrives on its leads and comedic moments.

He Named Me Malala: Hit

  • A look into the life of Malala Yousafzai from the attack on her life up until her speech to the United Nations.
  • Pros: Instead of making a documentary glorifying Malala, the director simply showcases her real life and what she does in her everyday life.
  • The documentary does not just focus on Malala but her family as well
  • Cons: The only downfall to some viewers is that this is a documentary but otherwise is it extremely well done.
  • Why Hit? This is a must watch, especially if you have no idea about the story of Malala.



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