Genre: Animated Fantasy
Director: Chris Buck (Surf's Up), Jennifer Lee
Starring: (Voices) Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan TudykThe Story: A newly crowned queen — with the ability to freeze things — plunges her country into perpetual winter. The Lowdown: It's certainly dazzling to look at, but apart from the presence of two female leads and no real male hero, it's pretty standard Disney fare, decked out in a largely forgettable, but occasionally irritating, songs. Not a bad movie, but far from a great one.
Director: Gary Fleder (Don’t Say a Word)
Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela VidovicThe Story: A former Drug Enforcement Administration agent gets on the wrong side of a small-time meth dealer. The Lowdown: An unfortunately straight-faced actioner that never embraces its own inherent trashiness.
Director: Joseph Levy
Starring: Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, Cindy Breitback, Mike Breitbach, Thomas Keller, Francisco Martinez. Gabby MartinezThe Story: A look at three different restaurants of wildly different kinds. The Lowdown: Entertaining documentary that never quite manages to tie its three stories together. Definitely worth a look — especially if you need a break from the awards-season onslaught.
Genre: Holiday Musical
Director: Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me)
Starring: Jacob Latimore, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese GibsonThe Story: A frustrated teen is sent to Harlem for Christmas to stay with his estranged grandparents. The Lowdown: Despite a good heart and a respectful nature, the film lacks visual flare, has no memorable songs and relies too much on contrivances and melodrama.
Director: Ken Scott (Starbuck)
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Simon Delaney, Bobby MoynihanThe Story: A deadbeat who donated sperm over 600 times in the ‘90s discovers that he has more than 500 children, with a hundred or so wanting to track him down. The Lowdown: While a low-key performance from Vince Vaughn and an overall kindhearted nature help, the movie’s just too schmaltzy and can’t maintain any dramatic momentum.
Genre: Futuristic Action Thriller
Director: Francis Lawrence (Constantine)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour HoffmanThe Story: Sequel to The Hunger Games. The Lowdown: Mostly an improvement on the first film — until it gets to the action centerpiece of the game, whereupon it not only spins the same wheels, but relies too heavily on the assumption that you have seen the first movie.
Genre: Fact-Based Drama Comedy
Director: Stephen Frears (The Queen)
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Barbara Jefford, Ruth McCabe, Peter HermannThe Story: Fact-based story of the search for a child given up for adoption 50 years after the fact. The Lowdown: Beautifully crafted, intelligently written and anchored by marvelously nuanced performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena is a delightful, emotionally satisfying awards-season surprise.
Genre: WWII Drama
Director: Brian Percival
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, Barbara AuerThe Story: Story of a young girl living with a foster family in Nazi Germany. The Lowdown: Old-fashioned, a little stolid and safe, but well made and generally effective drama with some terrific performances that make up for most of its shortcomings.
Genre: Melodramatic Comedy
Director: Malcolm D. Lee (Roll Bounce)
Starring: Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Harold PerrineauThe Story: A group of old friends reunite for a week together during the holidays. The Lowdown: A mostly pleasant film that’s just too long and too melodramatic to work.
Genre: Fact-Based Drama
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria)
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Denis O'Hare, Dallas Roberts, Steve Zahn, Griffin DunneThe Story: Fact-based story of a Texas homophobe who contracts AIDS and almost inadvertently becomes a major force in the gay community in battling the disease — if not in exactly orthodox methods. The Lowdown: Brilliant performances from Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto propel this finely-crafted film into the realm of the must-see. It's a strong work that refuses cheap sentimentality.
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