The Round-Up

THE ROUND-UP | December 5’s movies rated

What were the best films that came out in the last week? What were the worst? Were there any you weren’t sure of seeing? Below are quick and easy star ratings of the past week’s releases to help you decide, including short plot details from IMDB. Full comment and opinion can be found in The Film Journal.


Black Sea
Stars_4-0Black Sea

In order to make good with his former employers, a submarine captain takes a job with a shadowy backer to search the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold.

115 min
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Writer: Dennis Kelly
Stars: Jude Law, Jodie Whittaker, Ben Mendelsohn

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Get Santa


A father and son who team up to save Christmas once they discover Santa Claus sleeping in their garage after crashing his sleigh and finding himself on the run from the police.

102 min
Director: Christopher Smith
Writer: Christopher Smith
Stars: Warwick Davis, Rafe Spall, Jim Broadbent

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Men, Women & Children

A group of high school teenagers and their parents attempt to navigate the many ways the Internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.

119 min
Director: Jason Reitman
Writers: Jason Reitman, Erin Cressida Wilson
Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort

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St. Vincent

A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.

102 min
Director: Theodore Melfi
Writer: Theodore Melfi
Stars: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts

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The Grandmaster (Yi dai zong shi)

The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.

130 min.
Director: Kar Wai Wong.
Writers: Kar Wai Wong, Jingzhi Zou, Haofeng Xu.
Stars: Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Jin Zhang.

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Still showing

2001: A Space Odyssey • Unmissable | Read the essay

Horrible Bosses 2

Paddington • Recommended

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