1) The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino writes and directs this violent Western set in the same time period and cinematic universe as his 2012 violent Western Django Unchained. In a bitter Wyoming winter Samuel L. Jackson shows up as a bounty hunter bringing deranged hellcat murderess Jennifer Jason Leigh to the big city where she’ll be hanged. They decide to stop at a remote cabin where they meet up with a bunch of reprobates played by, among others Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Walton Goggins. Soon enough the blizzard strikes and all of them, each with a reason to want the other dead, are trapped inside. Tarantino has been making the publicity rounds letting everyone know that he’s filmed the movie in anamorphic 70mm with the same camera lenses used to shoot Ben-Hur. You’d think he did it to capture the frozen tundra of Wyoming–but early viewers are questioning why nearly two-and-a-half of this film’s three hours takes place inside one room. Considering that it’s Tarantino, I guess he just wanted to make sure you got a good look at the blood and viscera. Check Fandango for screens and times. (TH)
2) Joy – It’s reunion time for Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and writer/director David O. Russell. The four worked together on Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. (De Niro only had a bit part in that.) This latest film finds Lawrence as Joy Mangano, a single mother of three living on Long Island. She invents something called “The Miracle Mop,” which becomes a consumer sensation, and the film charts the four-generation dynasty of the Mangano empire. De Niro plays her father and Cooper a TV pitchman. Édgar Ramirez, Virginia Madsen, Diane Ladd, and Isabella Rossellini also appear. Check Fandango for screens and times. (TH)
3) Getaway to the tropics with a trip to Brillobox for Tropical Tuesdays. There you’ll feel the trade winds (breeze from the fans) soothing your overdue vacation bones. Here’s a sampling of their specials: $3 select craft cans, $4 frozen drinks, $10 California bubble bath, $10 Eva Peron, $7 Fernet con cola, and $6 Coronita Margaveza. You can also sop up the island drinks with $7 pineapple soy-glazed chicken or tofu skewers served with Caribbean sweet potato salad. Shoes and shirt required. 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield.