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Some big hitters this week, films that could look like Oscar contenders in the next few months coming up. We have Allied starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, Patriot’s Day starring Mark Wahlberg, and Jackie starring Natalie Portman.

Let’s get it going.

Allied

This film stars Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt as two spies during World War II who are working as spies, and come to help each other survive the war and eventually fall in love and marry. After the fairy tale ending, the pressures of war threaten to tear them apart and question who which side everyone is on.

Isn’t this really just Mr. and Mrs. Smith 2: World War II? Just kidding. But to be honest, you can’t deny the similarities. Two spies living together. They look like they could be on opposite sides. They fall in love, again. And in reality, Brad Pitt’s with Angelina Jolie marriage is dissolving due to rumors of an affair with the lead actress Marion Cotillard. Is that too soon? Anyway, this trailer makes the film seem much more intriguing than the first trailer, and we should all be happy about that. The first trailer was pretty bad.

Interest Level: 4/5

Release Date: November 23, 2016

Patriots Day

This film is about the story of the Boston Marathon bombing that happened back in 2013, following one Police officer’s experience during that day. Based on the book “Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy” written by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, the film stars Mark Wahlberg as a Boston Police Officer, not to be confused with the Massachusetts State Police (The Departed). Costars include Michelle Monaghan, JK Simmons, Kevin Bacon and John Goodman. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone SurvivorDeepwater Horizon).

“Hero Man” Mark Wahlberg is back saving the day. And if you don’t like that, screw you! He’s teaming up with his pal and directing buddy Peter Berg who have worked together on Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon (which is out now in theaters). I guess these two really enjoy remaking devastating tragedies that have occurred in real life. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Mild intrigue on this one, but could be a player come Oscar time depending on the review circuit. We’ll have to wait and see on this one.

Interest Level: 3.5/5

Release Date: December 21, 2016

Jackie

Wow, does Natalie Portman look good in this trailer or what? This is an obvious attempt at Portman to get another Best Actress statue (Black Swan) and I don’t care because this one looks great. Jackie stars an array of great actors and actresses, but none more important than Natalie Portman who plays Jacqueline Kennedy, the wife of former President John F. Kennedy. The story is set to follow Jackie Kennedy during her time as First Lady in the White House to after the assassination of her husband. The film also stars Greta Gerwig, Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup, Beth Grant and John Hurt.

What struck me about this film is that it is being directed by Chilean filmmaker, Pablo Larrain, whom I have never heard but has some critically acclaimed films to his name (NerudaThe ClubNo). Not that Mr. Larrain is not capable of doing so, I was just expecting someone whose name may have a little more recognition with American audiences. But, nonetheless, this one looks good and primed for Oscar season. Oh, and Darron Aronofsky is listed as a producer on this one. Just thought I’d throw that in there.

Interest Level: 5/5

Release Date: December 2, 2016

See you next Sunday.

L2L

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