Whaddya Got On Tap? – Week of 12/22/17

by Tim Barley and DuWayne Tso

Drama, Downsizing and maybe a disaster or two this weekend

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Welcome to the second to last movie weekend of 2017, folks! And it’s a big weekend for movie possibilities, with some drama, some action/comedy, some Oscar bait, comedy and more than a few musical numbers. But, how will they do? Just like every week, we show you the bigger debuts and ask you, “Whaddya Got On Tap?”

Let’s see what’s new this week.

Just five wide releases for this week.

All The Money In The World    (Monday, Christmas Day)   

Distributor: Tri-Star
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, and Timothy Hutton
Rating: R
Run Time: 132 mins

Official Synopsis: The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.’s Take: Pure Oscar bait, but it looks good. And Christopher Plummer really sells it as the world’s richest man.

― C & M ―


Distributor: Paramount
Director: Alexander Payne
Cast: Matt Damon, Jason Sudeikis, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, and Neil Patrick Harris
Rating: R
Run Time: 135 mins

Official Synopsis: A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.’s Take: The kind of movie you take your parents to go see, even though it does have an R rating.

― C & M ―

Father Figures   

Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Larry Sher
Cast: Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, Glenn Close, J.K. Simmons, Terry Bradshow, Ving Rhames, and Katt Williams
Rating: R
Run Time: 113 mins

Official Synopsis: Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road in order to find him.’s Take: Hmmmm, not sure that this is going to cut it, dad.

― C & M ―

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle   (Wednesday, Dec. 20)   

Distributor: Sony / Columbia
Director: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Bobby Cannavale
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 119 mins

Official Synopsis: Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose.’s Take: The more that we saw newer and newer trailers, the more that we actually are sold on this and can’t wait.

― C & M ―

Pitch Perfect 3   

Distributor: Universal
Director: Trish Sie
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, and Hailee Steinfeld
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 96 mins

Official Synopsis: Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.’s Take: No, not sure there was enough of a call for this.

― C & M ―

The Greatest Showman   (Wednesday, Dec. 20)   

Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Michael Gracey
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson
Rating: PG
Run Time: 105 mins

Official Synopsis: Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.’s Take: If this had remained a drama and not a musical, this might have worked.

― C & M ―

Duwayne’s Pick: All The Money In The World!  There was a lot to choice from and I will see everything but the singing ones. However, it is the story behing ATMITW that hold my interest the most. I enjoy Michelle Williams acting and it looks like Mark Wahlberg gets to do a bit of it as well. It will be interesting to see Christopher Plummer’s scenes, considering he is already up for award nominations.

Tim’s Pick: Downsizing. I’m listening to my mother right now talk about how we need to get going…

― C & M ―

The Weekend Top Five:

1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – hard to think that this is going to come off the number one spot.
Estimated Weekend: $89 million

2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – just going to miss out on the top spot this weekend
Estimated Weekend: $87 million

3. The Greatest Showman – a distant third, and not getting great reviews
Estimated Weekend: $24 million

4. Downsizing – any other weekend, this would do better
Estimated Weekend: $12 million

5. Pitch Perfect 3 – going against my gut here
Estimated Weekend: $8 million

— C&M —

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We’ll see you around over the weekend, but until then make sure to treat your films and your drinks with equal responsibility. Skip the bad movies, and know when to say “No” to that refill! Though calling an Uber or Lyft is always an option as well!