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At the Movies: December 15

December 14, 2017


Ferdinand is a young bull who escapes from a training camp in rural Spain after his father never returns from a showdown with a matador. Adopted by a girl who lives on a farm, Ferdinand's peaceful existence comes crashing down when the authorities return him to his former captors. With help from a wisecracking goat and three hedgehogs, the giant but gentle bovine must find a way to break free before he squares off against El Primero, the famous bullfighter who never loses. Starring the voices of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Daveed Diggs, Gina Rodriguez, and Peyton Manning.

Rated PG. Family/Animated. Directed by Carlos Saldanha. 1h 47m.

What the Internet Says:

“Any picture book that a parent can read to kids in a few short minutes, no matter how delightful, requires fattening up to become a film. Sometimes Hollywood’s crassness kills the charm. Happily, that is not the case with ‘Ferdinand,’ an animated film inspired by Munro Leaf’s 1936 children’s classic that brims with bumptious fun, droll characters and poignant emotions.” — The Washington Post

Our Take: Kids of all ages will love the delightfully funny ‘Ferdinand.’ Before you head to the theater to see this family-friendly flick, be sure to read the sweet story that inspired it.


Rey (Daisy Ridley) develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order. Also starring John Boyega, Adam Driver, Gwendolyn Christie, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, and the late Carrie Fisher.

Rated PG-13. Fantasy/Sci-Fi. Directed by Rian Johnson. 2h 32m.

What the Internet Says:

Writer-director Rian Johnson delivers some genuine surprises, and has dotted the movie with its share of pleasurable moments, from disarming humor to the first space battle to callbacks to earlier films — practically flashing a sign to ensure opening-night audiences will have opportunities to whoop and holler… Carrie Fisher's death last year serves as a somber footnote to the movie, and beyond her warming presence, there's a lovely dedication to her in the closing credits.” — CNN

“Johnson finds plenty of room for familiar thrilling Star Wars adventure, from a ‘Rogue One’-style information-and-infiltration scheme to ‘Phantom Menace’-style rambunctious, CGI-forward chase sequences. He piles on the space dogfights and lightsaber duels. He significantly expands the roster of Force-related powers, in ways that are going to prompt endless fan debate (and resistance, and resentment, and backlash) after the fact, but that provide plenty of surprises along the way.” — The Verge

Our Take: This could be the biggest movie of the year (it’s Star Wars, guys). This 8th installment is definitely worth seeing on the silver screen this holiday season – fans will be flocking so get there early!