ByRyan Murphy, writer at
Ryan Murphy

Wow! Five films opening wide! What a week! And it would have been even more if Burnt hadn't been pushed back a week! Let's take a look!

Steve Jobs

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Directed by Danny Boyle
Based on the book by Walter Isaacson
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Produced by Danny Boyle, Guymon Casady, Mark Gordon, & Scott Rudin
Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, John Ortiz
Music by Daniel Pemberton
Cinematography by Alwin H. Küchler
Edited by Elliot Graham

The second film based on the life of Steve Jobs in the last two years, this one has a much more distinguished cast and crew Directed by Danny Boyle, with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, and produced by Scott Rudin and Mark Gordon, with a cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, and Jeff Bridges. Oh yeah, and Seth Rogen, too! The film already has plenty of Oscar gold in involved in it, and undoubdedly hopes to add to that this January.

Jem and the Holograms

Directed by Jon M. Chu
Based on the animated television series Jem created by Christy Marx
Written by Ryan Landels
Produced by
Jason Blum, Scooter Braun, Jon M. Chu, Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis, & Bennet Schneir
Starring Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau, Juliette Lewis, Molly Ringwald, Ryan Guzman
Music by Nathan Lanier
Cinematography by Alice Brooks
Edited by Jillian Twigger Moul

An adaptation of the 1980s cartoon series about a girl band that hits it big. Jon M. Chu has previously directed Step Up 2 & 3, and G.I. Joe: Retalitaion, not to mention the Justin Bieber concert movie Never Say Never. It is also from Blumhouse, a major force in producing horror films, which has also put out the Oscar-winning Whiplash.

The Last Witch Hunter

Directed by Breck Eisner
Written by Cory Goodman, Matt Sazama, & Burk Sharpless
Produced by Mark Canton, Vin Diesel, & Bernie Goldmann
Starring Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, Rose Leslie
Music by Steve Jablonsky
Cinematography by Dean Semler
Edited by Chris Lebenzon & Dean Zimmerman
Distributed by Summit Entertainment

From the writers of last year’s Dracula Untold, the writer of Priest, and the director of Sahara and The Crazies, Vin Diesel’s first major starring role in some time to not involve fast cars, The Last Witch Hunter seeks to be the kind of fun popcorn action that’s always in demand. For Diesel, it could mean a resurgence of his outide-Fast-and-Furious action career. Movie fans have long been complaining of the lack of original adventure films anymore, so perhaps this film will be fun enough to slake that thirst.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Directed by Gregory Plotkin
Based on situations created by Oren Peli
Story by Brantley Aufill, Jason Harry Pagan, & Andrew Deutschman
Screenplay by Jason Harry Pagan, Andrew Deutschman, Adam Robitel, & Gavin Heffeman
Produced by Jason Blum & Oren Peli
Starring Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Dan Gill, Ivy George, Katie Featherston
Cinematography by John Rutland
Edited by Michel Aller

The sixth and apparently final installment in the Paranormal Activity series sees a new family move…Oh, who the heck really cares?!

Rock the Kasbah

Directed by Barry Levinson
Written by Mitch Glazer
Produced by Steve Bing, Bill Block, & Jacob Pechenik
Starring Bill Murray, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, & Bruce Willis
Music by Marcelo Zarvos
Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt
Edited by Aaron Yanes
Distributed by Open Road Films

Barry Levinson, the Academy Award-winning director of Rain Man and several other great films, is a major staple of Hollywood greatness, and one of the few truly renowned directors to specialize in comedy. Likewise, Bill Murray’s films of the past several years have been critically acclaimed and showcased his true talent. This one looks like a typical zany comedy/tug-at-your-heartstrings story full of cooky characters that we've seen from artists like these in recent years.


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