Here is a look at what to see in February, enjoy! A suprisingly solid month, especially the first Friday.
Coraline-From the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman’s novel comes this stop motion tale, in 3-D no less, about a girl who discovers another world in her house through a Being John Malkovich like portal, and while things start all fine and dandy, she quickly begins to doubt if this is really the world that she wants to live in forever. This one should be a big hit, and one of the first must see films of 09 in this writers opinion. directed by Henry Selick; featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShaneHe’s Just Not That Into You-This ensemble romantic comedy has a pretty good preview, and the cast is solid from head to toe. I am always weary of jumping into a rom-com, but this one has already sold me on wanting to at least see it, lets just hope it turns out to be one of the better films in the genre in a while. The film follows a smattering of intertwining couples and lovers and focuses on the modern age of dating and what it takes to find love in these times. directed by Ken Kwapis: starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Kris Kristofferson, Justin LongPush-This intriguing looking sci-fi actioner looks like it could be a sleeper hit. If anything this will garner a good size cult following, and the film’s background and built in history shows a bit of intelligence to the picture. I am excited for this one, and the cast while not full of huge stars has a number of very good actors in it’s ranks. The films action looks fresh, and the psychic super natural elements could be pretty cool as well. Either way, keep an eye on this if you are a sci-fi/action fan as this will hopefully be one of the better options in the genre this year. directed by Paul McGuigan; staring Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou
One to keep an eye on: Fanboys, long delayed and fought over, this comedy about a group of kids who try and sneak into Skywalker Ranch to watch/steal Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace has received mixed reviews and been butchered by the studio, but it’s Star Wars comedy, and a lot of Apatow suspects are present, including Kristen Bell in a Leia slave girl outfit; for those that are interested. So be wary, but might be fun.
What not to see this week: The Pink Panther 2
Gomorrah-a soon to be likely nominated Oscar candidate for best foreign film (edit-or not), this Italian film takes a look at the modern day crime world in and around the country. Based off real people and events, the reviews have been pretty good, and who isn’t up for a good crime film from time to time. Only to get a limited release, this should still be one to seek out if you can. Scorsese also puts his stamp of approval on this, that must be saying something. directed by Maurizio Braucci; staring Toni Servillo, Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Cantalupo
The International-A globe trotting thriller surrounding a corrupt bank and one’s man mission to bring it all down seems like it could be a decent effort based on the trailer, but its stars and director are of the highest quality; with the directors last effort Perfume: Story of a Murderer being one of my favorite films of 07 (he also did Run, Lola, Run). With that said, I am going to give the trailer the benefit of the doubt and expect a solid flick with those involved. directed by Tom Tykwer; staring Clive Owen, Naomi Watts
New York, I Love You-the next film in the I Love You series, a collection of short films from a number of big time directors and stars showcase the city and the love inside it and inspired by it. The previous film in the series was fantastic, and the talent involved in this one is just as good. This should definitely be earmarked on your list of movies to see this early season as this will not disappoint, I guarantee it. I can’t wait. directed by various; staring Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Julie Christie, Shia LabeoufOne to keep an eye on: James Gray’s Two Lovers looks decent in it’s trailer and stars Joaquin Phoenix (in his “final” acting role) and Gwyeneth Paltrow who share an alley and become friends while their lives pull them towards different significant others even though they might be meant for each other. The preview is tough to gauge, but it could be good. Confessions of a Shopaholic, Friday the 13th
Nothing here, Michael Cera’s Youth in Revolt was just pulled from release.What to skip this week: Fired Up, Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to JailAssasination of a High School President-This indie film from Sundance 08 received plenty of critical acclaim then, and was something on my radar to see this year. A high school based dark comedy, which I am always up for, is a staple every year and lets hope this one can match up with some of the better ones from the past. The film follows one students rise in popularity after the ousting of a scandal involving the school’s president but with fame, she gets into more then she might have hoped for. directed by Brett Simon; starring Reece Thompson, Mischa Barton, Bruce Willis, Michael Rappaport
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