Movies galore for the upcoming winter season

Jonathan Garcia & Victor Rhodes

Several new movies are be- ing released during the holiday season, just in time for the turkey-stuffed among us to unwind after a big family gathering.

The following films are sure to pique some interest.

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‘The Good Dinosaur’ is one of Pixar’s latest films depicting what life would be like if dinosaurs lived along side humans.


Pixar explores a what-if scenario in its latest animated feature.It imagines an asteroid passing by Earth, allowing dinosaurs to survive and live along humans. Young Apatosaurus, named Arlo, befriends a caveboy during his journey home.“The Good Dinosaur” is directed by Peter Sohn, written by Meg LeFauve and produced by Denise Ream. The film is already out.

“The Good Dinosaur” has been development since 2009. Bob Peterson was originally attached to direct, until Sohn replaced him. Peterson’s origi- nal idea was revamped into something new. Disney revealed concept arts and information at its annual D23 Expo on 2011. “The Good Dinosaur” is perfect for children who are into dinosaurs.


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Jennifer Lawrence stars as Joy Mangano a struggling single mother of three in the latest winter film to hit theaters.


Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper team up once again with director David O’Russell after working on “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” together. “Joy” tells the story of Joy Mangano (Lawrence) as she struggles as a single mother with three children. She takes it upon herself to use her creative skills to invent stuff and create her business empire from scratch.

Lawrence is one of the most successful leading ladies in the movie business. And with the help of Cooper, and O’Russell’s writing and directing, this movie is worth checking out on the big screen.


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Will Smith takes on the role as Dr. Bennet Omalu in the film ‘Concussion.’ The movie is based on the true story of Omalu who took on the NFL in order to protect and save the lives of players who suffered brain damage due to playing football.


This film is based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu and his stance against the NFL revealing CTEs (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) among its football players.

Will Smith takes on the roll of Omalu showing the process of him discovering this brain activity. When the word gets out he found out all about this the NFL goes to great lengths to cover it up and makes Omalu’s career difficult as they try to bring him down.

This event was one of the most talked about things in football. Many changes and precautions have been made to prevent these things from happening and this movie will definitely be an intriguing watch.


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Sylvester Stallone (left) returns as Rocky Balboa alongside Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed the son of Apollo Creed in the spinoff of the “Rocky” series “Creed.”


Apollo’s son enters the ring in “Creed.” Directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Sylvester Stallone, the film focuses on Adonis Johnson Creed (Michael B. Jordan), son of Apollo Creed, a young individual who requests Rocky to train him. It is the seventh film and spinoff featuring Stallone as Rocky Balboa. Phylicia Rashad, Tessa Thompson and Tony Bellew star alongside Jordan in the film.

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Chewy and Han Solo return in the latest films in the Star Wars franchise.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

This long awaited “Star Wars” sequel is finally being released this holiday season. “The Force Awakens” is set decades after “Return of the Jedi” and features a host of new characters. Storm trooper Finn (John Boyega) meets desert scavenger Rey on planet Jakku during a Galactic Empire raid. Little is known about the plot because Disney is keeping it under wraps. J.J. Abrams directs “The Force Awakens” with music composed by John Williams.

“The Force Awakens” is part of Disney’s new canonically universe. Future episodes, spinoffs, comic books, novels, television and video games fall into the category. Two new spinoff films were revealed. One focuses on Han Solo’s adventures and another follows a rebel fighter’s mission to retrieve Death Star plans from the Galactic Empire. More news on future merchandise is expected to drop soon.

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