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At the Movies: February 17

A Cure for Wellness, Fist Fight

Posted February 17, 2017

This week at the movies: A Cure for Wellness and Fist Fight.

A Cure for Wellness

A Wall Street stockbroker (Dane DeHaan) travels to a remote location in the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company's CEO (Harry Groener) from an idyllic but mysterious wellness center. He soon suspects that the miraculous treatments are not what they seem. His sanity is tested when he unravels the spa's terrifying secrets and finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all of the guests there longing for a cure.

Rated R. Mystery/Thriller. Directed by Gore Verbinski. 2h 26m.

What the Critics Say:

“An alternately intriguing and frustrating chiller has flashes of elegance but settles for unhinged hokum with bizarre results.” – The Guardian

“‘A Cure For Wellness’ comes on like a puzzle box waiting to be solved, but its pleasures are much more visceral than cerebral... Simply put, nothing stranger is likely to make it to multiplexes any time soon. Savor the oddness.” – A.V. Club

Our Take: If you're into psychological thrillers that are full of weird, spooky twists (think “Shutter Island” with Leonardo DiCaprio), than “A Cure for Wellness” should definitely be on your watch list. I mean, the trailer alone already gives us a few goosebumps…

Fist Fight

On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration, and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throwdown after school. Also starring Christina Hendricks and Tracy Morgan.

Rated R. Comedy. Directed by Richie Keen. 1h 31m.

What the Critics Say:

“[‘Fist Fight’ is] a quintessential latter-day studio comedy.” – A.V. Club

“… There’s a can’t-we-all-just-get-along message embedded as well one respecting the work teachers do in the face of often indifferent students and bureaucracy.

But that’s not what people interested in this movie is coming for… They want angry Ice Cube and nerdy Charlie Day facing off. And, in that, they won’t be disappointed.” – Detroit Free Press

Our Take: This one looks absolutely hysterical (Charlie Day and Ice Cube never disappoint) and takes us back to those nostalgic high school days – but this time from the teachers’ perspective. Very “Horrible Bosses” meets “Bad Teacher”; get ready to laugh out loud!

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