New movies this week: 'Unbroken,' 'American Sniper'
Posted December 24, 2014
Updated December 26, 2014
This holiday week means several big releases on Christmas Day.
Unbroken (Drama, PG-13, Starring Jack O'Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund) - This is an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII-only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Directed by Angelina Jolie.
American Sniper (Action, R, Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman) - Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind. - IMDB
Into the Woods (Comedy, Musical, PG, Starring Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt) - This modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales intertwines the plots of a few choice stories and explores the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel - all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
The Gambler (Drama, R, Starring Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Brie Larson) - Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett's future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance...
Big Eyes (Drama, PG-13, Starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter, Danny Huston) - The outrageous true story of one of the most epic art frauds in history. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, painter Walter Keane had reached success beyond belief, revolutionizing the commercialization of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The bizarre and shocking truth would eventually be discovered though: Walter's works were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife Margaret. The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a colossal lie that had fooled the entire world. A tale too incredible to be fiction, BIG EYES centers on Margaret's awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.