When so many movies are released each weekend and trailers often seem better than the movie itself, what should one do? In this precarious situation, we consult the The CineMagic 8-Ball (TM) to help us see through the nebulous marketing haze. Doing so just might save us all a disheartening trip to the cinema and spare us unnecessarily springing for $7 popcorn. See what the 8-Ball says about this week’s releases…
PLAYING FOR KEEPS
A charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy’s soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an “adult” are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive “soccer moms” who pursue him at every turn.
The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Outlook Good”
Siblings-in-crime Addison and Liza are on the run after a casino heist. When a car accident leaves their driver and a state trooper dead, they split up and make a run for the Canadian border in near whiteout blizzard conditions. While Addison heads cross-country, Liza catches a ride with ex-boxer Jay who is heading home to celebrate Thanksgiving with his parents, June and retired sheriff Chet. It is there that the siblings are reunited in a terse showdown.
The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Signs Point to Win”
LAY THE FAVORITE
An unpredictable dreamer, Beth transforms from in-home stripper in Tallahassee to gambler’s assistant in Las Vegas, working for Dink, one of the most successful sports gamblers in the business. She takes to the work like a natural but makes the risky bet of falling for Dink, much to the chagrin of his retired showgirl wife Tulip. That bet goes south, and a triangular war ensues.
The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Outlook Not Good”
Also hitting theaters this weekend are Hyde Park on Hudson, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas and Cheerful Weather for the Wedding. What will you be seeing? If you’ve seen any of these already, please let us know what you thought below.