Luckily, we’ve got a diverse range of new releases to aid in your movie-going quest: an inspiring tale about real-life heroism during the Boston Marathon Bombing (Patriots Day), a crime thriller about a 1920s outlaw (Live by Night), a family-friendly adventure about a slimy creature turned truck engine (Monster Trucks), a spooky story about a malevolent and murderous entity (The Bye Bye Man), and a coming-of-age drama about a boy and his single mother (20th Century Women).
Read on to learn more about the awesome flicks hitting theaters today! ~Shelby Morton
Patriots Day- An account of the bravery of the police force during the events surrounding the unspeakable April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. In the brutal aftermath of the explosions, courageous Sgt. Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg), FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) spring into action to help those injured and/or track down the terrorists responsible for the attack. As lives are lost and fear runs rampant, a select group of individuals rally to combat hate and demonstrate heroism. In theaters everywhere today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Patriots Day
Live by Night- In 1920s Boston, Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck) is a WWI vet and self-described anti-establishment outlaw. He’s also the son of a Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. When Joe crosses a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll, he pays for it. The affair ends in tragedy and he sets out on a path of revenge and ambition that leads him out of Boston and up the ladder of Tampa’s rum-running underworld. As he navigates Prohibition-era Tampa, his moral code is tested and he learns that his desire to see justice served comes with a hefty price tag. Opening nationwide today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Live by Night
Monster Trucks- Tripp (Lucas Till) is a high school senior with a serious passion for trucks and builds his own, using bits and pieces of old cars. What he never expected was that he would find a monster in his truck. Tripp discovers a creature who can act as the engine, allowing him to perform superhero feats. Tripp names him “Creech,” and the two go on an unforgettable adventure together, forming an unbreakable bond. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Monster Trucks
The Bye Bye Man- When three college students move into an old house off campus, they find a Ouija board. While playing with it, they receive messages from “The Spirit of the Board” — an entity who acts an interlocutor between other entities and the students. The students ask to speak with someone who once lived, whose existence they can verify. Despite warnings from the Spirit that this could be dangerous, they persist. They discover a sinister entity who is still alive. The Spirit tells them about the entity, known as the Bye Bye Man, who is now on the way to visit them. When he arrives, the friends try to save each other, while keeping the Bye Bye Man’s existence a secret to save others from the same fate. Hitting theaters nationwide today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: The Bye Bye Man
20th Century Women- In 1979 Santa Barbara, Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening) is a determined single mother and divorcée in her mid-50s doing her best to raise her adolescent son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) in a time of sweeping cultural change and rebellion. More than anything, she wants to make a good man of her son without the influence of a male presence. The boy’s coming-of-age is further shaped by a free-spirited photographer (Greta Gerwig) living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and a provocative teenage neighbor (Elle Fanning), both of whom impart the ways of the world and teach him different lessons about love and freedom. Opening in Toronto today and other select cities in Canada on Jan. 20, 2017. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: 20th Century Women