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(November 2015)

The summer is over and Fall is here and we're looking to Christmas with presents and the latest movie Oscar hopefuls. A couple of movies for the holiday season are scientific-humanism in nature. Both these movies have opened and currently in the theatres.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is the young life of Stephen Hawkins, the astrophysicist and author of A Brief History of Time, and his wife Jane. They met and fell in love while students at Cambridge. At age 21 Stephen was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the form of motor neuron disease known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and given two year to live. Jane married him anyway and they defied the odds and raised three children.

THE IMITATION GAME stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turning, the brilliant mathematician and cryptographer responsible for helping break the German Enigma code in World War II and laying the foundation for modern computing, and for creating the first test of machine sentience with what is known today as "The Turning Test". He was also a gay man in a time when being gay was abhorrent to society. He later committed suicide after losing his security clearance and being drummed out of the government.

Back to Summer

Going back to one of the hit summer movies for a moment; a movie we really enjoyed despite it’s soap opera title EDGE OF TOMORROW starring Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise. We were not the only ones to notice the soapy title, after the initial release of the movie all subsequent marketing material called the movie LIVE DIE REPEAT: Edge of Tomorrow and the "Edge of Tomorrow" is in much smaller type. Interesting no? Despite what it’s called we enjoyed this well-acted and funny movie and urge everyone to see it.

Returning to the Holidays

Some upcoming holiday movies we’re looking forward to.
At last we’re getting that audience pleasing, award winning musical INTO THE WOODS as a movie. Starring Meryl Streep as The Witch, and Emily Blunt and Tracy Ullman, it’s too bad they couldn’t find a place for Bernadette Peters who was so good as The Witch in the stage play. After all this is a musical and Bernadette is a singer and Meryl is not. The movie is slated to come out December 25 and then we’ll see. 

UNBROKEN is the true story of an pre-war Olympic winning runner who was a WW 2 hero and was captured and tortured in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Ethan and Joel Coen wrote the screenplay and Angelina Jolie directed. Also scheduled to open December 25th. 

ANNIE is back on the screen with an all-new cast. Starring Quvenzhané Wallis the young actress who was so good in Beasts of The Southern Wild as Annie. Also with Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz and Jada Pinkett Smith. In theatres December 19th.

We here at the Toast are as sad as everyone with the loss of Robin Williams. All we can do is try to enjoy his last appearances. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB opens December 19 and Robin returns as Teddy Roosevelt. Also with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ricky Gervais. This is the third outing at The Museum and we enjoyed the first two movies, and we get to see Robin Williams once more.

Chris Rock is a very funny fellow. One of the top stand-up comedians working today, TOP FIVE is his first movie directing gig. Besides starring himself, Chris has loaded this movie with comedians. Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd and Rosario Dawson all star in this funny but tender movie. Opening December 12th.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS is Ridley Scott jazzing up the Bible. Unlike The Ten Commandments of 1956 where Charlton Heston’s Moses was an angry, wise man, Ridley Scott’s Moses, played by Christian Bale, is a sword-wielding warrior much like Russell Crowe was in Gladiator in 2000, also directed by Ridley Scott. This version of the Exodus story opens December 12th.

Is it safe to make fun of Kim Jong-un, the dictator of North Korea? Who cares! THE INTERVIEW opening December 25 is the tale of a celebrity tabloid TV show the North Korean dictator is found to be a fan of. Much as he likes American basketball. James Franco, Seth Rogen play tabloid journalists recruited by the C.I.A. Lizzy Caplan and Randall Park also star in this action-comedy. Seth Rogen is co-director with Evan Goldberg. Should be fun.

December 17 - Sony Pictures Cancels Holiday Release of ‘The Interview’ After Threats

December 24 - Sony Pictures Flip Flops & Releases ‘The Interview’ in Independent Theatres

 

JUPITER ASCENDING -At last; The Wachowskis return to their first science fiction movie since The Matrix trilogy!  Mila Kunis stars as a human with royal genetics, Channing Tatum is an interplanetary warrior who clues her in to her inheritance and Eddie Redmayne is the mean alien who wants to steal her inheritance and kill her in the process. Needless to say produced, written and directed by The Wachowskis. In theatres February 6th.

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