ALMOST CHRISTMAS || iTunes Synopsis: A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series, This Christmas), Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle. The all-star cast of Almost Christmas is led by Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover, John Michael Higgins, Romany Malco, Mo’Nique, JB Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, Nicole Ari Parker, Jessie T. Usher and DC Young Fly
ARRIVAL || Director Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners” and “Sicario”) tackles the science fiction genre, with a superb cast of Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whittaker, in the mildly budgeted, smartly written alien fare. With an intricate plot and nicely timed plot points, the end of the film is something unique and will require more than one viewing to appreciate.
BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK || Following up “Life Of Pi,” the film that won him an Academy Award for Best Director, Ang Lee delivers an interestingly told war story, featuring a first time actor, Joe Alwyn, in the title role. Surrounded by a well known supporting cast including Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin, a soldier’s story is told through flashbacks while involved in a victory tour.