What’s Out December 16th Edition

So another big weekend in movies is upon us! While you probably already know what that movie is, you might not know what else is coming out this weekend. So let’s take a look at what’s out!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Gareth Edwards

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One of the biggest movies of the year is upon us! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first movie in the Star Wars universe to not be directly connected to the Skywalker chronicles. Rogue One is set like right before the events of Episode IV, and it follows a group of rebels who try to steal the plans to the Death Star. This movie was a bit of a risky investment, being the first movie outside of the saga films, but with $30 million in Thursday night ticket sales I think it’s safe to say Rogue One will do just fine. The movie is currently tracking at $120-$150 million domestically opening weekend, but I’m inclined to believe that it might make even more. The tracking has been so off in recent cases it’s hard to take these numbers to heart, if I’m being honest. The movie stars Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Forest Whitaker, and this movie is said to be amazing. I’m not gonna see it ’till the whole family is together for Christmas, but as soon as that day comes I will be writing a review that will give you the big scoop on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Collateral Beauty – David Frankel

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Now for some movies that are definitely not Rogue One. The first movie is Collateral Beauty. Led by Will Smith, Collateral Beauty is the story of Howard, an ad executive (Smith) who tragically loses his daughter. Feeling lost after her death, Howard searches for answers from the universe by writing letters to Death, Time, and Love. Well one day they start talking back. In a beautiful story of loss and acceptance, Collateral Beauty shows the beauty in every element of life, even the bad stuff. Or at least, that’s what I got from the trailers. Besides Smith, the movie also stars Edward Norton (the rejected Hulk), Keira Knightley (that one British lady), Helen Mirren (the old lady with the high cheekbones), Kate Winslet (I think she’s the Titanic girl), and Jacob Latimore (I feel like he was on like So Random at one point). And yes Kate Winslet is the Titanic girl if my unsure made you unsure. Anyway s gonna do considering the weekend, but then again you go to Collateral Beauty for a very different reason than why you go to Rogue One. And from what I’m hearing, you come for the story, but you stay for the Will Smith. A movie guy I dig very much just recently said this is Will Smith’s best performance since Pursuit of Happyness. So keep that in mind the next time you’re at the theater.

Manchester By the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

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And speaking of emotionally destructive movies, the new Casey Affleck movie Manchester by the Sea is being released nationwide this week. In this movie an uncle (Casey Affleck) takes custody of his nephew after the death of the boy’s father. Now just from that you know this movie is gonna to break you emotionally. After seeing this you may never wanna see this or any Casey Affleck movie ever again. This movie is definitely in the running for Best Picture this year, as well as Casey Affleck for Best Actor. However this is a stacked year so who know what’ll happen. Maybe I should review every movie nominated for the main Oscars once the nominees are out. That’d be cool. Anyway, as you can see there is more than just Rogue One out this weekend. So if you’re only seeing it twice this weekend, maybe go out to see something a little less fantastical.

La La Land – Damien Chazelle

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Just an fyi, La La Land is now spreading to over 200 theaters across the country so look for one near you. While the movie doesn’t go nationwide officially until Christmas, I just love the thought of its movie so much I can’t stop talking about it. I haven’t even seen it yet and I just know that it’s something special.

So what are you seeing this weekend? Is Star Wars overrated? Is Will Smith overrated? Are movie musicals underrated? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on What’s Out and other things in the world that is movie news.

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