January was a tough month for releases. Out of the movies I saw in theaters only The Grey stood out as anything above mediocre, I hope February turns out better. And from the looks of the release schedule, it should turn out better. As usual, while there are probably more than a few smaller films that are getting a limited release, I can’t guarantee that they will be playing anywhere near me so I’ve stuck to wide releases for this list.
February 3rd – Chronicle
I have never been a huge fan of found footage films but for some reason I keep going to see them. Chronicle looks to be an interesting take on the genre, forgoing the horror aspect that is normally associated with it and instead going with a super power tint. Like most found footage films, I am not holding my breath for this one to be good but it has an interesting premise that I am looking forward to exploring.
February 3rd – The Woman in Black
I love the horror genre but ghost stories are not really my thing, so why then is The Woman in Black on my list? To be honest I am interested in seeing how Daniel Radcliffe performs as someone not named Harry Potter. I know he has done some other projects, including one where he rode a horse naked or something, but I’ve never seen him outside his Potter box so that alone has me intrigued.
February 10th – Journey 2 The Mysterious Island
Go ahead laugh it up. I like The Rock and this seems like it might be a solid film for me to take my kids to see.
February 10th – Safe House
Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in a film that practically screams it is a Tony Scott film (it isn’t), yeah you can count me in. Simply put, this looks like the first big action movie of the year.
February 10th – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 3D
Look, I get that the prequel trilogy is hated by a ton of people but I don’t fall in that camp. Sure, The Phantom Menace is an awfully assembled, stiffly acted, terribly paced film but it is still Star Wars and I still love it. Additionally, this past year I introduced my son to the franchise and he loves all of them, so this will be a special treat for him.
February 14th – This Means War
My wife does not have the same love for going to the movies that I do but every once in a while I can coax her out to see a film with me. I think this one might be one of those movies. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are great and say what you will about Reese Witherspoon’s acting ability but I like her.
February 17th – Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Nic Cage is crazy and I kind of love him for that alone but even his crazy couldn’t save the first Ghost Rider from being a mess of a film. But maybe Cage’s crazy and the guys behind Crank could make this into something amazingly fun. I have to hold out hope right?
February 24th – Act of Valor
From the surface Act of Valor looks like any other special forces film done in the last 20 years. The difference is that this one uses real soldiers. That to me sounds like a huge gamble and I’m excited to see where the chips fall with it.
February 24th – Gone
Amanda Seyfried’s recent filmography has been absolute crap however thrillers of this type always grab my attention and as such, I am willing to give it a chance.