What's playing at Cortland's Plaza 6 Cinema this week?

Below is a review of several films being featured this week at Plaza 6 Cinemas in Cortland.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (NEW)

Adapted from a 2009 novel of the same name, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies presents a unique take on Jane Austen’s 1813 classic Pride and Prejudice. Set in Regency-era England, the film revisits the time-honored tale of star-crossed lovers with a frighteningly gory twist. Despite the ongoing zombie outbreak, Mrs. Bennett (Sally Phillips) is intent to marry her five daughters off to wealthy suitors. The opportunity to do so presents itself when the Bingleys, a fellow family of elites, decide to hold a ball. With the Bennett sisters in attendance, Mr. Bingley (Douglas Booth), a young and handsome bachelor, attempts to court the eldest Bennett sister Jane (Bella Heathcote) while the rest of Bennett sisters are left to their own accords. Then all hell breaks loose. As a mass of zombies descends on the party, the Bennett sisters, who have been trained in the art of zombie slaying, leap into action. With the zombies slaughtered and certainly more bloodshed to come, Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley), the prideful yet misunderstood friend of Mr. Bingley, becomes infatuated with Elizabeth (Lily James), the second-eldest Bennett sister, after witnessing her in combat. As the zombie apocalypse sweeps England, Elizabeth and the Bennett sisters must overcome two of life’s greatest challenges: the trials of love, and an endless horde of flesh-craving undead.   

The film was directed and written by Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud, 17 Again) and co-stars Jack Huston, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey.  

The Finest Hours

In another book-to-film adaptation, this time of Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman’s 2009 novel The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue, the events of a 1952 Coast Guard mission off the coast of Massachusetts are recounted in vivid, heart-stopping fashion. When the SS Pendleton is stranded off the Chatham coast during a violent nor’easter, Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) is tasked with the search-and-rescue of the vessel’s crew. But this task is far from simple. With the raging storm and treacherous waters battering their craft and quickly swallowing the Pendleton into the sea, Webber and his crew must overcome incredible odds and battle the forces of nature in a desperate fight for survival.

Directed by Craig Gillespie (Mr. Woodcock, Lars and the Real Girl) and co-written by Eric Johnson (The Fighter), Scott Silver (8 Mile), and Paul Tamasy (Air Bud), the film co-stars Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, and Eric Bana.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

One of the most anticipated movies of 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens marks the seventh entry in the Star Wars franchise and is the first in a new trilogy of films to be produced under the Walt Disney Pictures brand. Picking up where Return of the Jedi left off, The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after the fall of the Galactic Empire. But all is not well in the galaxy. A new threat, known as the First Order, has emerged from the ashes of the Empire with grim intentions: to conquer the galaxy and destroy Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi. There’s just one problem: Luke has vanished, leaving his whereabouts unknown to even his most trusted of allies. As the hunt for Skywalker and the war between the First Order and the New Republic wage on, the fate of the galaxy comes to rest upon the shoulders of Rey (Daisy Ridley), a desert scavenger, and Finn (John Boyega), a rogue Stormtrooper, after the duo stumbles upon a map of Skywalker’s location contained within a BB-8 droid. With the likes of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and the evil Kylo-Ren (Adam Driver) closing in and the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance, Rey and Finn must enlist the help of some familiar faces in order to fend off the First Order and delve deeper than ever before into the vast secrets of The Force.  

Directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8) and co-written by Abrams, Lawrence Kadsan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), and Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), this film features a storied cast, including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels (reprising their roles as Han Solo, Leia Organa, Chewbacca, and C-3PO, respectively) as well as franchise newcomers in Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Gwendoline Christie.

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