Weekend Openings: 12/25-12/28

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.

Django Unchained
Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Action/Drama/Western
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.

Les Miserables
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama/Musical/Romance
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.

Parental Guidance
Language: English
Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy
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
Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Documentary
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.

Promised Land
Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
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?