Check The Drop to see what’s new in theaters, disc and digital each week. Click below for theater showtimes. If you’d rather stay home, check out Armchair Smack, where we suggest alternatives to each week’s theatrical releases. Choose one or see both, and then Smack us in the comments section below and let us know how they compare.
New in Theaters:
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Armchair Smack: The special effects look to be awe-inspiring in Gravity, and according to Bullock, some of the techniques used in making the film didn’t exist until weeks before shooting. So while the FX can’t compare with gravity, you can’t go wrong with the nail-biting suspense and national pride of Apollo 13. Check back for a full-on Smack.
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Stars: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake
Armchair Smack: Stream the high-stakes, beat-the-bad-guy gambling thriller, Rounders with Matt Damon, Edward Norton and Gretchen Mol.
Stars: Zac Efron, Tom Welling, Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Giamatti
Armchair Smack: So many intriguing films and books (read Bryce Zabel’s Surrounded by Enemies) have been made about JFK’s assassination that it is tough to choose the best. We recommend Oliver Stone’s JFK, starring Kevin Costner.
All is Bright
Stars: Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, Sally Hawkins
Armchair Smack: Another take on Christmas crime is the raucous Bad Santa, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Lauren Graham.
New on Disc and Digital:
This is the End
Stars: Seth Rogan, James Franco
Stars: Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone
The Frozen Ground
Stars: Nicholas Cage, John Cusack