Haunted by a tragic past, ex-Marine Tommy Conlon (Hardy) returns home for the first time in fourteen years to enlist the help of his father (Nick Nolte) to train for SPARTA, the biggest winner-takes-all event in mixed martial arts history. A former wrestling prodigy, Tommy blazes a path toward the championship while his brother, Brendan (Edgerton), an ex-fighter-turned teacher, returns to the ring in a desperate bid to save his family from financial ruin. But when Brendan’s unlikely, underdog rise sets him on a collision course with the unstoppable Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront each other and the forces that pulled them apart, facing off in the most soaring, soul-stirring, and unforgettable climax that must be seen to be believed. — (C) Lionsgate
Scott’s Take – 4 Stars
Warrior isn’t just a great movie, it is the BEST movie I saw in 2011. LionsGate did a terrible job marketing Warrior and it is a movie that demands to be seen. I’ve already seen it 3 times. Go buy this one on Blu-Ray, you can thank me later.
Steve’s Take – 4 Stars
Fantastic movie. Enough said.
In the action film Colombiana, Zoe Saldana plays Cataleya, a young woman who has grown up to be an assassin after witnessing the murder of her parents as a child. Turning herself into a professional killer and working for her uncle, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: to hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents’ deaths. — (C) Sony Pictures
Midnight in Paris
This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It’s about a young man’s great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better. It stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, among others. — (C) Sony Classics
Scott’s Take – 4 Stars
Midnight in Paris is funny, well acted, and well-directed. It’s a movie about reflection, mistakes and time travel. Fantastic. Definitely worth an add to your Blu-Ray collection.
Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Without a tail, Winter’s prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle-a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world. — (C) Warner Bros
Scott’s Take – 3 Stars
Based on a true story Dolphin Tale is the incredible true story about what happens when people go above and beyond to help someone or something out. I have to admit I wasn’t looking forward to Dolphin Tale, but it got to me in the end. This is a great movie for the whole family.
I got so fed up with the amount of times I saw this trailer on television that I decided to sit it out. However, I have heard from many people who think this was a very good movie for the family to see.
David and Amy Sumner (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth), a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife, return to her small hometown in the deep South to prepare the family home for sale after her father’s death. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, including Amy’s ex-boyfriend Charlie (Alexander Skarsgard), leading to a violent confrontation. — (C) Sony Pictures
Scott’s Take – Unreviewed
I didn’t get a chance to see Straw Dogs because my wife was absolutely mortified by the trailer. You can never mention “home invasion” to my wife or it’s game over. I will check this one out on Blu-Ray.
Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. Writer/director J.C. Chandor’s enthralling first feature is a stark and bravely authentic portrayal of the financial industry and its denizens as they confront the decisions that shape our global future. — (C) Roadside Attractions
Scott’s Take – Unreviewed
Is it just me or has Kevin Spacey recently starred in 47,000 investment/financial scam movies? I didn’t even see Margin Call in any theater in a 100 mile radius from where I live. Maybe this should have been a straight to DVD release.
Never heard of it.
That’s all for this week. Lots to choose from. We slow down next week with Apollo 18 and Final Destination 5. Merry Christmas everyone!