Winter Movie Releases


Written by Justin Rader

Joy  (December 25, 2015) David O. Russell directs another film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro. The plot focuses on love and the “American Dream” love like the director’s last movie, ‘American Hustle.’ It tells the story of a divorced housewife (Jennifer Lawrence) who has the will and ingenuity to create an invention while dealing with strict patent laws and infringement. A hardworking benefactor (Bradley Cooper) aids the inventor in achieving her goals.


Krampus (December 4,2015) The story of an ancient Austro-Bavarian Alpine tale drives the film’s main plot. ‘Krampus’ tells the story of a young boy who is so disheartened by American greed and his own unloving family that he summons the Germanic being, Krampus. The film relies on horror movie clichés that people have come to love, but does so in its own original way. The family is doomed to the punishment Krampus has to deal out, but they still try to avert their inevitable fates. Blockbuster actors seem to dominate movies nowadays, so the opposite is welcome in this holiday horror movie where the cast is mostly unknown.


The Good Dinosaur (November 25, 2015) Pixar tries to tell the familiar tale of overcoming one’s past self in this holiday movie. A dinosaur named Arlo and others like him survive the fatal meteor that wiped the rest of the dinosaurs out. When Arlo meets an unlikely friend, he learns how to confront his fears. Pixar seems to just go through the motions with this movie, and the most interesting characters are downplayed. This was an average movie at most, even by Pixar standards.


The Big Short (December 11, 2015) With many blockbuster actors at the helm in different roles, ‘The Big Short’ delivers in all the aspects of a meaningful film. It tells the civilian side of the 2008 recession through a private banker, a retired genius, two entrepreneurs, and a quirky investor. Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Steve Carell deliver compelling performances conforming precisely to the characters they are chosen to display. The film, however, stagnates in the 15 minute homestretch at the end.