Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers. Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about. Movie release dates are subject to change.
We are back again for another round of movie trailers for films opening in February. And up first, it would seem to be a pretty exciting week to ward off the winter blues. First up, we have Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum in the sci-fi blockbuster Jupiter Ascending. But there may be some reservation after hearing that this was supposed to be served up to audiences last summer and was instead dumped to the post-Christmas studio graveyard months. Time will tell! For the fantasy action fans out there, Seventh Son hits theaters based on the popular book series by Orson Scott Card. Featuring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, there is no doubting the acting talent within the film but will the result measure up to the bar set by other recent fantasy fare, most notably Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy? For the kids, there is The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water…..yeah, I just don’t get the appeal of this one (speaking from the standpoint of someone who loves kid movies). And rounding out the first week is Ballet 422, a documentary that takes you backstage at the New York City ballet. Our money is on Jupiter Ascending, after a strong-looking trailer, that will at least impress visually. Hoping that the release date does not foretell our worst case scenario that could result in this one being one spectacular inter-galactic flop.
Leading off the second week of the month is Kingsman: The Secret Service stars Colin Firth in an unlikely action star role based on the comic book mini-series by Mark Millar. Samuel Jackson lends his support as the chief villain. The controversial Fifty Shades of Grey will certainly do strong box office as curious moviegoers seek some scandalous entertainment with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan headlining. Serving as the counter-point to Fifty Shades, more traditional Valentine romantics will have Old-Fashioned as a cineplex option about a two former free spirits who meet and do their best to engage in a committed courtship amidst the challenges offered by a contemporary society. In The Last Five Years, an actress (Anna Kendrick) and novelist (Jeremy Jordan) navigate and deconstruct their love affair in a dramatic comedy based on a Broadway musical. And in What We Do in the Shadows, a trio of vampires living as flatmates struggle through problems like paying the bills, splitting the chores, and developing their social lives in a new spin on the blood-sucker genre. We want action tonight, and if Kingsman delivers on the big screen as well as Millar delivered in his comic book about drafting a directionless street kid into super spy service, then we will be very pleased!
Hot Tub Time Machine 2, a John Cusack-less comedy sequel rolls into theaters to attempt to bring laughter to crowds of people who may or may not have had to shovel two feet a snow to get out of their driveways. Those of you that did just that will likely need a real hot tub, however, instead of this particular movie ticket. Bella Thorne stars in The Duff, about a girl who has been labelled the Designated Ugly Fat Friend to a group of popular girls (has anyone else ever heard this term before?). This one was adapted from a novel by Kody Keplinger. Kevin Costner takes the lead in McFarland, USA with Maria Bello in support. In this one Costner plays a cross-country coach who helps to bring an unlikely group of athletes to the edge of glory. After visting the stars in week one, getting all rowdy in the streets of London in week two, we are more than ready for an uplifting sports story and McFarland, USA could do for the sport of cross-country what Rudy did for college football on the big screen. It has to be better than Chariots of Fire, right? LOL.
We round out the shortest month of the year with a longer list of new releases than seen in the previous three weeks. Focus tells the tale of a master con-artist (Will Smith) who takes an attractive and charismatic female (Margot Robbie) under his wing but things get more complicated as their attraction to each other grows. A seven year old boy is willing and maybe even able to do whatever it takes to reunite with his father who is away fighting in WWII in the movie Little Boy, starring Michael Rappaport and Kevin James. In The Lazarus Effect, starring Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass, a team of researchers attempt to play God with a new serum that can bring life back to the dead with horrible consequences. David Cronenberg directs Maps to the Stars, featuring Julianne Moore (her second starring role of the month), about a seriously messed up Hollywood family chasing celebrity and their station in life in what appears to be a creepy film. It also stars John Cusack (who escaped the Hot Tub Time Machine apparently) and Mia Wasikowska. In ’71, a British soldier fights for survival after finding himself stranded in Belfast after riots tear through the city, starring Jack O’Connell. And finally, Everly features Salma Hayek as a deadly woman who is targeted for assassination in what appears to be a cross between Smokin’ Aces and Kill Bill. In a move not typical for us, we are taking the foreign film as our top pick of this crop. ’71 looks to be a riveting movie based on a true story.
And that wraps another installment of Fresh Popped Corn, but we first want to know what YOU will be watching this month?
-The Great Stories Team