February has just rolled around (already? January flew by) and with it comes a new batch of films, will they be good, will they be bad? Well I can’t wait to find out. (US release dates by default).
Jupiter Ascending, released 6th of February
The Wachowskis’ are back, with a grand space drama that looks a bit confusing, but is basically centred on Jupiter (Mila Kunis), a secret heir to the Earth, not knowing her royal heritage, she’s informed of it by an interplanetary warrior, Caine, (Channing Tatum), set to protect her from people who would rather she not reach her potential. Channing Tatum with blonde eyebrows is a thing in this but Jokes aside, Jupiter Ascending looks alright, probably one of the more ambitious sci-fi films out this year. And while it’s no Matrix, it does look to be quite a visually packed film.
Starring Mila Kunis, Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth.
Fifty Shades Of Grey, released 13th of Februar
Well we all know it was coming.. and it’s almost here, the sure to be controversial film to the controversial novels that I’m not hugely bothered about, I probably won’t watch the film but hey, I’m sure millions of people will. The 18 rated film is about the erotic and romantic relationship between the suave lethario Christian Grey and Ana Steele, starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan.
The Duff, released 20th of February
The Duff, based on the novel by Kody Keplinger is a teen comedy in the style of Not Another Teen Movie and the somewhat dead re-make an unpopular girl into a popular one sub-genre of teen movies, this specifically being about a ‘Duff’ a designated ugly fat friend, of course. And the role said friend is suppose to play in teenage social circles, yes the film is a bit crude, characters will be over the top and cliché but it looks like a fair bit of fun and we haven’t had enough fun teen movies in recent years so this is something to look forward to.
Starring Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Allison Janney, Ken Jeong, Bella Thorne.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2, released 20th of February
Sequel to the somewhat ridiculous Hot Tub Time Machine, the time travelling group of friends are back, now having changed their lives with the use of time travel, they get into a bad situation and have to use the time machine to set things straight. Bizarre premise, crude humour and definitely not for everyone, but one thing I do like about the movie is Adam Scott, he’s great in Parks and Rec and quite funny without trying to hard to be.
Starring Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Rob Corddry, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs.
Focus, released 27th of February
A slick looking heist movie starring Will Smith as a professional con-artist and Margot Robbie as his protegé, he trains her in his ways but gets weary as he starts to grow closer to her. They later meet a few years later on opposing sides of the con trade, this is one of the better looking films for February no doubt, with a solid cast and an interesting plot, plus seeing Will Smith and Margot Robbie in the same film will be cool.
It Follows, released 27th of February (UK), 27th of March (US)
This isn’t a February US release but it’s still a great looking film, a psychological thriller about a force that must be passed from person to person that follows one cursed person around at time, mentally torturing them. It looks a bit old school in terms of horror and doesn’t look to be full of CGI spirits/demons or cheap jump scares, so it’s one for horror fans to look out for. Check out the trailer if you’re interested by the sound of it/a horror fan.
Kingsman Secret Service (out in the UK already) is also out in the US, February 13th.