Movies at home: Week of December 18
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Get your fill of Hollywood at home or on the go with this week's list of the hottest releases.
Directed by: Jason Moore (Debut)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin
Why to watch: When amateur DJ Beca (Kendrick) arrives at college, she doesn't really fit in anywhere and despite a decent singing voice and an serious interest in music, she has no plans to join the lame glee group The Bellas. When forceful A-type and self-appointed leader Chloe (Snow) gives her little choice but to sing with them, she has trouble doing what she's told when she can see what the group needs - a change in leadership and more contemporary songs - if they want to win the big competition. The msuical comedy stars a slew of very funny people, including Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins as loopy commentators, and offers fun renditions of well-known songs along with a breakout performance by Rebel Wilson of Bridesmaids.
Bonus Scene Points: 120Buy or Rent
Directed by: Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard, Underworld)
Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston
Why to watch: A new take on the classic 1990 sci-fi flick starring Arnie gets a very modern makeover and a much more conflicted anti-hero in Colin Farrell, who plays Doug Quaid as more of an introspective searcher in the world originally created by Philip K. Dick. Kate Beckinsale co-stars as the woman Quaid thought was his wife until his world starts to fall apart after a visit to the Rekall memory implant suite goes terribly wrong. Jessica Biel is the resistance fighter who tries to show him the way and "Breaking Bad" leading man Bryan Cranston is the villain in this lensed-in-Toronto slick actioner that asks what is real?
Bonus Scene Points: 125Buy or Rent
Directed by: Benh Zeitlin
Starring: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly
Why to watch: The Sundance hit, based on the play by Lucy Alibar, follows Hushpuppy (Wallis), a strong-willed six-year-old who lives with her father Wink (Henry), a heavy drinker whose ailing health makes her a perpetual orphan as she learns to fend for herself and survive without much support but plenty of smarts. When a hurricane strikes Bathtub, the ramshackle island where Hushpuppy lives in squalor, the inhabitants start to evacuate and soon father and daughter are sailing as the drama-fable becomes more fantastical. Featuring a breakout performance from the young Wallis.
Bonus Scene Points: 110Buy or Rent