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EDDIE THE EAGLE Whether it’s the forced underbite, the shaggy overcut, the awful ‘70s glasses, or all three, there’s something so adorable about Taron Egerton as Eddie Edwards that we’re even willing to overlook the fact that Hugh Jackman is in the film. Even better is that it’s based on the true story of the real Eddie Edwards, who was also really farsighted and equally as huggable. We love all Eddies. Dexter Fletcher directs. Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken co-star. (PG-13) 105 minutes.

GODS OF EGYPT While a history major might have several qualms with any story told of ancient Egypt where a majority of the actors are white (yes, Macedonians often had lighter skin, we know), we’ll chalk this one up to the whole ‘oh, it’s a fantasy film’… right? Then again, the flying Egyptian deities and giant monsters do look pretty cool. Plus, Jaime Lannister! Alex Proyas directs. Brenton Thwaites, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler co-star. (PG-13) 100 minutes.

TRIPLE 9 “Out here you gotta out-monster the monster,” says Woody Harrelson to Casey Affleck, playing an idealistic cop entering a harrowing maze of corruption, deceit, and the politics of the police code. A lot of bang-bang, blow ups and so on with top-billers like Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, and Chiwetel Ejiofor on the sleeve. John Hillcoat directs. Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackle co-star. (R) 115 minutes.

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CONTINUING EVENT: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MOVIES Film buffs are invited Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. to downtown Santa Cruz, where each week the group discusses a different current release. For our location and discussion topic, go to: https://groups.google.com/group/LTATM.

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THE BIG SHORT Based on the book of the same name, The Big Short follows the players and profiteers of the 2007-2010 financial crisis who bet against collateralized debt obligation, and sent the system reeling. Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt co-star. Adam McKay directs. (R) 130 minutes.

THE BOY Good rule of thumb: when you get hired as a nanny for a family that keeps a life-sized doll around as their stand-in son, run fast, run far. William Brent Bell directs. Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell co-star.

BROOKLYN From far across the cavernous pond, Eilis is an Irish immigrant who lands in 1950s Brooklyn only to face crippling homesickness, glaring cultural differences, prejudice, and hardship. When Eilis falls in love with a young Italian boy from a totally different world, she’s forced to choose between her old home and her new life. John Crowley directs. Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson co-star. (PG-13) 111 minutes.

DEADPOOL He’s a special ops dude who’s transformed into a super-human in a rogue experiment, left with an indestructible body and the face of chopped liver. How many almost-funny superheroes with the voice of a Disney prince has Ryan Reynolds played now? Tom Miller directs. Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller co-star. (R) 108 minutes.

HAIL, CAESAR! They’re the geniuses who brought to the world The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, True Grit, and Inside Llewyn Davis. And besides the Coen brothers magic behind the camera, you’ve got campy, screwball 1950s Hollywood with this beautiful bunch: Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, and Jonah Hill. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen direct. (PG-13) 100 minutes.

THE 5TH WAVE In a very logical sequence of alien attack events, first all the power goes out, then a global earthquake rips the earth apart, then disease spreads, and finally the aliens invade human hosts. So, naturally, Chloë Grace Moretz grabs an AK and runs to save her younger brother, gets trained by Liev Schreiber in camo with a bunch of other teens, and still finds time to snog a blonde teen heartthrob equivalent. J Blakeson directs. Chloë Grace Moretz, Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez co-star.  (PG-13) 112 minutes.

FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK The wait is over: someone finally took all that overblown Fifty Shades of Grey innuendo with its overly dramatic score, slow steely stares, underwhelming lack of chemistry (and talent), and created something beautiful. Oh, Marlon Wayans, how we missed you. Michael Tiddes directs. Kali Hawk, Marlon Wayans, Jane Seymour co-star. (R) 92 minutes.

THE FINEST HOURS Even if it’s based on a true story and not meant to be a horror flick—is there really anything more terrifying than being stuck in the ocean during a blizzard on a sinking ship? The fact that it’s based on the true story of two oil tankers being destroyed off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952 makes it all the more astounding. Craig Gillespie directs. Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger, Casey Affleck co-star. (PG-13) 117 minutes.

45 YEARS Oscar-nominated Charlotte Rampling plays Kate Mercer, a woman on the eve of her 45th wedding anniversary confronted with a shocking ghost from the past—a ghost that will change the couples’ perspective on their marriage forever. Andrew Haigh directs. Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James co-star. (R) 95 minutes.

HOW TO BE SINGLE Because being single means free drinks, maintaining a man-rack of hookups, and getting free hangover cures by showing your cleavage? With all the “ughs” implied, who are we kidding, we still want Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann to be our best friends, and will definitely be funnelling to the theater with a bevy of best friends and a happy hour receipt of champions. Christian Ditter directs. Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann co-star. (R) 109 minutes.

LADY IN THE VAN Maggie Smith plays an unflappable transient woman living in her car who, despite being quite the vitriolic grouch, manages to form an unlikely bond with the man whose driveway she occupies. Nicholas Hytner directs. Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent co-star. (PG-13) 104 minutes.

OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: Grab the popcorn and delve into this year’s Academy Awards nominees for best animated shorts and live action shorts. Check the movie times section for showings.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Apologies in advance, but Jane Austen is really, really hard to read. If you fell into the same
camp of high-school readers who desperately wished for zombies thrown into the dusty classics (it’s OK, we loved Chaucer, so it balances out), this might be the brilliantly bad or terribly clever rendition you’ve been waiting for. Plus, hello, classy female gentry wearing empire-waisted gowns with hidden daggers underneath and slicing through zombie skulls! Burr Steers directs. Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston co-star. (PG-13) 108 minutes.

RACE In 1936, there was no better Olympic middle-finger to Adolf Hitler than a black man dominating in Berlin. Jesse Owens broke five world records and won four gold medals in a time and place where the Aryan vision of the world was dominant, thrusting his story into an international fight against racism abroad and at home. Stephen Hopkins directs. Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree co-star. (PG-13) 134 minutes.

THE REVENANT Leonardo DiCaprio fighting, grunting, running, shooting—a bear, among other things—and seeking revenge for the death of his son. From the director of Birdman and Babel, it’s the rugged frontier in the 1820s snow and ice, every man for himself: chills, just chills. Alejandro González Iñárritu directs. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter co-star. (R) 156 minutes.  

RISEN It’s the Resurrection from the Roman perspective—and the “biggest manhunt in history” which ensued, in which the full force of the Roman military tried to find the risen Jesus. Joseph Fiennes and Draco Malfoy—cough, erm, Tom Felton—play the Roman tribunes responsible for keeping the peace in Jerusalem as rumors of the divine inspire an uprising. Kevin Reynolds directs. Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth co-star. (PG-13) 107 minutes.

ROOM To Jack, there is nothing outside Room: Room is the entire world. He wakes up and says hello to Lamp, to Table, and to Plant. Now it’s up to the 5-year-old to break his mother out of Room, so they can both find freedom in a harrowing outside world that he’s never even heard of. Lenny Abrahamson directs. Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridges co-star. (R) 118 minutes.

SON OF SAUL Nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film, Son of Saul is the story of a man in the horrifying Auschwitz concentration camp who is forced to burn the corpses of his own people. László Nemes directs. Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn co-star. (R) 107 minutes.

STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS Ooh, what a neat-looking indie flick! Lots of pew-pew and bang-bang somewhere in the desert, maybe Nevada? And some grumpy old man mumbling about the Dark Side. At least the really tall lady from Game of Thrones is in it, otherwise it’d so be a total flop, right? J.J. Abrams directs. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher co-star. (PG-13) 135 minutes.

WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Oddly beardless and slightly thinner, Michael Moore returns as angry and ferocious as ever, investigating the absurdities of modern politics across the entire globe. From public school cafeterias to Wall Street, Moore’s latest documentary takes on the American Dream. Michael Moore directs. Michael Moore, Krista Kiuru, Tim Walker co-star. (R) 110 minutes.

THE WITCH Spoiler alert: despite the misleading typeface of this film’s posters, apparently it is not “The Vvitch,” and is actually a story about a witch. Ah well, guess a witch who torments a Puritan family in 1630s New England will suffice, although what incredible potential would a vvitch have had? Robert Eggers directs. Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie co-star. (R) 93 minutes.

ZOOLANDER 2 They’re back: La Tigre, Magnum and Blue Steel. Benedict Cumberbatch as an ambiguous male model named All. Kristen Wiig is “amousing” with enough faux-botox to treat a small country. Penélope Cruz struts, Owen Wilson pouts (as usual), and Justin Bieber dies. How many other reasons do you need? Ben Stiller directs. Olivia Munn, Kristen Wiig, Benedict Cumberbatch co-star. (PG-13) 102 minutes.



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