Five Movies You Have To See Before (Or On) New Years Day
By Harris Decker, The Truth About Music
Champagne, cocktail dresses and fancy parties aside, New Years Eve is as important to the Hollywood movie season as it is to your social calendar. With plenty of buzzworthy movies hitting theaters this month, here are five movies that are worth the trip to the theater before 2016 arrives!
Concussion – Starring Will Smith in a true story about the doctor that discovered CTE, otherwise known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Concussion takes a riveting look inside the NFL’s history of brain injuries. What makes this movie even more appealing is the controversy it is sure to cause. Concussion left out some of the most damaging information after the NFL protested the films release. Still, Smith gives an incredible performance alongside Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks in one of the more anticipated moves of 2015.
Spotlight – The current front runner for the top award at the 2016 Golden Globes (Best Movie Drama), Spotlight is the story of the Boston Globes investigation into abuses by the Catholic Archdiocese against children. While the cast isn’t filled with superstars, it is loaded with Oscar quality talent including Mark Ruffalo, Micael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber. When you combine that cast with the writing of Tom McCarthy, known for writing Pixar’s UP, you’re left with a film that’s going to bridge the gap between mainstream movie audiences and Oscar voters.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens – Blockbuster movies are usually reserved for release over the summer. Moving against conventional wisdom, George Lucas decided to release the seventh and arguably most anticipated sequel in history during the peak of the movie awards season. All it’s done since its release on December 18th is gross over $1 billion, shattering dozens of records. Filled with geeky nostalgia, the movie is fun for even the most novice Star Wars fans and is a must see this winter so that you can hold up intelligent (yet geeky) conversations while out to dinner.
Sisters – With plenty of hard hitting movies in theaters, Sisters is the release to all of that seriousness. Starring the dynamic duo of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey (yes, again) this coming of age tale centers around the sisters (see what they did there?) who are coping with the sale of their childhood home. Written by longtime SNL contributor Paula Pell and directed by Jason Moore, the man behind Pitch Perfect, this easy-to-watch movie is a great distraction from the serious nature of Spotlight and Concussion.
The Danish Girl – Following up on his Oscar winning performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne returns in an even more oddball performance as Lili Elbe, a transgender pioneer. Starring alongside the relatively unknown actress Alicia Vikander, the film is a deep and emotional journey, similar to Redmayne’s role last year. Another big win for this film is the direction of Tom Hooper, who won an Academy Award in 2012 for directing The Kings Speech. This movie is sure to garner a ton of attention from both the Golden Globes and Oscars so why not get a jump start and see it before 2015 comes to an end?