Being stuck with the family over a long holiday weekend can be one of those cruel tortures that test the tenuous nature of your familial relations. Why not ease the burden with the sweet escapism of a good flick? If you’re interested — and we’re betting you are, poor devil — here are some good possibilities.
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Movie Meter: The Theory of Everything Is Ready for Award Season, Dumb and Dumber To Is Ready for the Trash
The Theory of Everything: This biopic concerning the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, stricken to a wheelchair from ALS as a young man, sagely avoids many of the common melodramatic liberties that so often plague the genre. James Marsh’s film — which stars the phenomenal Eddie Redmayne as Hawking, and the luminescent Felicity Jones as his long-suffering wife — is a shoo-in for Oscar-nom glory. Expect nominations for its two young stars and likely for the film itself, which is a good deal more honest in its warts-and-all depiction of its subject than you might expect. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%
Earlier this year—smack dab in the middle of a snowpocalypse—I reported on a low-budget thriller M. Night Shyamalan was shooting around his home in rural Pennsylvania. At the time, he was calling it Sundowning, but now, according to Deadspin, the film has been given a new title, The Visit, and gotten picked up by Universal Pictures.
My Trekkie officemate Joel is flipping out right now: To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Philadelphia Film Society just announced it is teaming with, who else, Geekadelphia, to screen all six of the original films on six consecutive nights at The Roxy. “Star Trek–35 Years on 35mm: A Retrospective” begins on December 5th, with each night hosted by an array of local cinephiles, like Phil Nobile Jr of Badass Digest and Dan Tabor of Geekadelphia. There will also be a string of pre- and post-screening events, like Q&As, a Star Trek-themed wine night, a William Shatner impersonation contest, and a screening of fan-made Star Trek Web Series Starship Farragut.
There are a variety of ways to purchase tickets—individually, a full series pass, or a four pack—but I’d hurry. If Joel’s glee is any indication, these suckers are going to go fast. For more information and purchase tickets, go here. I’ve pasted the full schedule below:
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Interstellar: Please consider this a vote based more on the spectacle of the film—which director Christopher Nolan shot in wondrous 70mm—than the film itself. Essentially, a large, well-rounded cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine, receive a timely lesson in gravitational physics that involves ripping through space-time in search of a new planet for human beings to populate. Long-winded, stilted, and weirdly unsatisfying, the film’s brilliant effects and all-out audaciousness help save it from Nolan’s more fanciful notions about physics and quantum mechanics. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%
This is not a drill: local funny lady Tina Fey has finally reunited with the cast of Mean Girls. Entertainment Weekly made our dreams come true, getting the Upper Darby native together with Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried for a beautiful photo shoot and a lengthy interview.
While we’re all chomping at the bit for tomorrow’s release of the much-much-anticipated final Into The Woods trailer, producers are giving us something to bide our time: 10 character posters from the movie. Most everyone is there: The Baker’s Wife (Emily Blunt), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), The Prince (Chris Pine), and most importantly The Witch (Meryl Streep. Check them out in the slideshow below.