Reviews of Five Big Films Debuting This Christmas Week

Reviews of Five Big Films Debuting This Christmas Week

Even without a wide release of The Interview, the outlandish comedy about the assassination of North Korea's Kim Jong-un, the Christmas movie schedule is still a cluster as studios try to deliver something for everyone. You can pick and choose between a big-budget musical (Into the Woods), a heady period piece (The Imitation Game), a kitschy family flick (Big Eyes) and a crime drama (The Gambler).

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‘Actress’ Star Brandy Burre to Appear at the Nightlight and the Cedar Lee

Sandusky-born Brandy Burre is the subject of Actress, a new documentary about her life. She studied acting at Ohio University and after graduating picked up a good gig as Therese D’Agostino on HBO’s The Wire.

Local Filmmakers Launch Kickstarter Campaign for Documentary About Swingos Celebrity Inn

Located in downtown Cleveland from 1967 to 1984, Swingos Celebrity Inn had a reputation as the place where rock bands went to party. In saying that the place should receive the award for “the Hotel that Had Been Privy to the Most Debauchery,” The Guardian has this to say about the hotel: “Swingos' notorious reputation began in earnest when Elvis sashayed into the unprepossessing hotel having booked more than 100 rooms over three floors.

Plucky Cleveland Cinemas Will Show "The Interview" at Tower City

Tower City wil be showing "The Interview" starting Christmas Day, according to a press release from Cleveland Cinemas.  "After an out pouring of criticism from politicians, including President Obama, and a strong showing of support from independent exhibitors like Cleveland Cinemas, SONY has reversed their decision to pull the film," the statement read.

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Film Review of the Week: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

There's little any critic could say or do to en- or discourage you from seeing Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, now...

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Film Spotlight: Foxcatcher

It's probably for the best if you don't remember anything about the 1996 incident involving an Olympic wrestling champion and paranoid-schizophrenic millionaire John du Pont....

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Film Review of the Week: Exodus: Gods and Kings

The Red Sea is featured prominently in the TV spots for Ridley Scott's new film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, which stars Christian Bale as Moses and...

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Film Spotlight: The Babadook

"The Babadook started out as my own vision," says Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent, of the eponymous monster in her new horror film. "It was everything...

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Film Review of the Week: Cheatin'

There's something really distinctive about Bill Plympton's animation. Perhaps it's the fact that the drawings always look like sketches that have come to life. You won't...

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Film Review of the Week: Cheatin'

There's something really distinctive about Bill Plympton's animation. Perhaps it's the fact that the drawings always look like sketches that have come to life. You won't...

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Film Spotlight: Cleveland Cinemas Announces Lineup for 2015 Melt Bar and Grilled Late Shift Series

Cleveland Cinemas has announced the titles for the first half of its 2015 Melt Bar & Grilled Late Shift Series. Late Shift, Northeast Ohio's zenith...

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‘The Homesman’ Depicts Grim Realities of Life in the 1850s

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There’s a scene in the middle of The Homesman, a period piece directed by actor Tommy Lee Jones that opens tomorrow at the Cedar Lee...

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Review of the Week: Horrible Bosses 2

The umbrage you take at Horrible Bosses 2 (if you take any at all) is likely a variation on the umbrage you may have taken at...

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Film Spotlight: The Theory of Everything

Physicist Stephen Hawking and his former wife Jane Wilde, a student he fell in love with while he was studying at college and training to...

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Film Review of the Week: Frank

Inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the comic persona of the late British comedian and musician Chris Sievey, the indie flick Frank also draws from the real-life...

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Film Spotlight: The Overnighters

You'll only get one chance to catch The Overnighters next week. It's an intimate documentary portrait of the fracking boom in North Dakota and a...

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Review of the Week: Beyond the Lights

After landing a breakthrough role in Belle, a period piece in which she portrayed a mixed-race aristocrat, Brit actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw takes a 180-degree turn...

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Film Spotlight: Miss Meadows

Miss Meadows, that Katie Holmes movie shot in Cleveland around the same time as Winter Soldier, is finally out, opening Friday exclusively at Shaker Square. As...

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Review of the Week: Whiplash

It's a fun exercise to speculate (or legitimately ascertain) what it is about certain films that have made them "critics' darlings" on the festival circuit....

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