The Big Short Adam McKay interprets the true story of several people who tried to benefit from the coming financial collapse of 2008. The movie has already been criticized in some corners as sexist, and I don't get how that can happen. Co-star Christian Bale is the stepson of Gloria Steinem. And doesn't she control all this stuff? (R)
Concussion Will Smith plays a doctor who discovers the incidence of head trauma in the NFL. But if Smith is really concerned about damage to the noggin, maybe he should be warning his own kids that the best way to get a concussion is when you whip your HAIR back and forth. (PG-13)
Daddy's Home Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, stars of the underrated The Other Guys, reteam for this story of an earnest stepdad whose efforts are undermined by the return of the kids' real papa. Director Sean Anders co-wrote the underrated We're the Millers. Boy, that's a lot of underrateds, huh? (PG-13)
Joy This reality-based portrait of a home-products impresario represents a reunion of Silver Linings Playbook principals David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. Three guesses which one got shafted on her paycheck. (PG-13)
Point Break For weeks, this remake of Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 surfer action drama has been Hollywood's odds-on favorite for the film most likely to get swallowed in the Star Wars maelstrom. As the devil's emissary said in Crossroads, "Who's going to be the next to get their head cut?" (PG-13)
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