A better than average week has three worthy efforts for adults and one iffy pick for the kids.
THE BIG SHORT – The banking crisis that saw homeowners in foreclosure all over the country is the subject of this fats based drama. The story charts how four financial experts saw the crisis coming and later went after the industry for its lack of foresight. A solid cast includes Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, and Brad Pitt.
CAROL – New York, circa the 50’s, is the setting for this powerful drama about two women who fall in love and the impact this has on their friends and family. Ronny Mara and Cate Blanchett are the lovers but there bliss is complicated by society norms and Blanchett’s angry husband. Thoughtful material that examines the mores of Cold War America. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, “The Price of Salt “and yet another contemplation on attitudes form the author of ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley.”
SISTERS – A pair of 30 something siblings are saddened when their parents put the family home up for sale. They cope by having one last party in the house where they grew up in that gets way out of hand. Funny stuff, from the team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler(Baby Mama).
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS:THE ROAD CHIP – The kids might enjoy this goof fest that has the trio of singing rodents travelling to Florida to break up the engagement of their surrogate dad, Dave. Not a lot here for the grownups.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.