Quentin Tarantino’s career-long itch to put his stamp on the beloved Spaghetti Western finally takes form with the release of Django Unchained to begin the Christmas weekend. It’s going head-to-head with Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the epic musical drama, Les Miserables. Rounding out the long weekend is Gus Van Sant’s latest, Promised Land.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx
Django, a bounty hunter and former slave, sets out with the help of his mentor to free his wife from a brutal plantation owner. See what Clayton had to say about Tarantino’s latest.
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
After decades of pursuit by ruthless policeman, Javert, Jean Valjean takes on the fateful responsibility of caring for factory worker Fantine’s daughter. Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper helms this adaptation of Victor Hugo’s treasured literary masterpiece in another awards-worthy effort.
Director: Andy Fickman
Starring: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei
Artie and Diane find their old-school methods challenged when they agree to look after their three grandkids when their parents leave town for work.
West of Memphis
Director: Amy Berg
Starring: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley
An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.
Director: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski
A natural gas corporation sends a salesman to a small town with the intention of tapping into available resources, where he encounters life-changing events. Clayton calls it “one of the year’s smartest issue films.”
What will you be seeing this Christmas weekend?