Movies Opening this week
The Big Short (R) The director of "Anchorman" and a powerhouse ensemble (Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt) probe the housing credit bubble of the 2000s.
Carol (R) A young woman (Rooney Mara) falls for the slightly older, married Cate Blanchett in a complicated midcentury love story by celebrated filmmaker Todd Haynes.
Concussion (PG-13) Set in 2005, pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) fights to reveal the truth about brain damage in professional football players due to common concussions.
Daddy's Home (PG-13) It's Will Ferrell vs. Mark Wahlberg in this comedy about a stepdad battling for cool points with his wife's kids after their hip biological dad shows up again.
The Hateful Eight (R) In Quentin Tarantino's latest, a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner find shelter from a blizzard in a stagecoach stopover inhabited by six other nefarious strangers (including Samuel L. Jackson). All is not what it seems, and violence most likely ensues.
Joy (PG-13) The story of entrepreneur Joy Mangano, who invents the Miracle Mop and struggles to retain her family. Director David O. Russell's film stars the trio of his last two hits: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.
Mustang (PG-13) The Golden Globe best foreign film nominee follows the lives of five girls in a Turkish village, where each is being prepared for an arranged marriage.
Point Break (PG-13) Remake of the cult-loved 1990s action movie about an FBI agent who infiltrates a gang of bank-robbing surfers. Only now the crew's interest in extreme sports is much more diverse — and there's no Keanu Reeves.