Longtime local film critic Hap Erstein gives us his take on the latest releases, during a very busy holiday season at the movies.
Several brand new movies are out this weekend, others will be coming out on Christmas Tuesday. Here are the ones that start playing pre-Christmas, along with Hap Erstein from PalmBeachArtsPaper.com's Art House Pick of the Week. Below the art house movie are the films out on Christmas day.
"Jack Reacher" - A sniper scene that opens the film could make for a difficult time for moviegoers who are still reeling from the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, plus the short Tom Cruise playing a character who is described as 6'5 in the novel series isn't sitting well with fans of the books. Click Here for Hap's review.
"The Guilt Trip" - The apparently un-funny comedy starring Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand as son and mother on a road trip. Click Here for Hap's review.
"This is 40" - Judd Apatow is out with another film, starring his wife, actress Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd. It's a comedy about two characters who were in Apatow's Seth Rogen film "Knocked Up".
"Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D" - If you enjoy cirque on stage, this may be for you.
"Monsters Inc. 3D" - Disney re-releases another one of their recent classics in the third dimension.
If you are looking for the film "Zero Dark Thirty", about the Osama bin Laden mission, it is only in limited release right now and expands on 1/11/13.
Hap's Art House Pick of the Week
"Chasing Ice" - A documentary about ice melting may not sound entertaining, but Hap tells us it's informative and extremely interesting. Click Here for Hap's review.
Christmas Day Releases (Note: Hap will review some of these films next week):
"Django Unchained" - Quentin Tarantino once again directs Samuel L. Jackson ("Pulp Fiction"), along with Leonardo Dicaprio and Jamie Fox. Fox plays a slave in the pre-Civil War days.
"Les Miserables" - The motion picture version of this Broadway classic. It stars Hugh Jackman, Russel Crow and a bald Anne Hathaway.
"Parental Guidance" - Billy Crystal and Bette Midler babysit their grandkids in a family comedy.