UPCOMING MOVIES - January 2015

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UPCOMING MOVIES
By The Commander

SELMA (Release Date: Jan. 9, 2015)
Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Acts Rights of 1965. Starring: David Oyelowo, Cedric the Entertainer, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson

BLACKHAT (Release Date: Jan. 16, 2015)
Blackhat is an upcoming action thriller film directed, produced, and co-written by Michael Mann.  American and Chinese agencies work together to stop a conspiracy involving a cyber criminal. With the help of Nicholas Hathaway, the authorities pursue the mysterious suspect as the dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong. Set within the world of global cybercrime, Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Starring: Viola Davis, William Mapother, Chris Hemsworth, Wei Tang

STILL ALICE (Release Date: Jan. 16, 2015)
Based on Lisa Genova’s 2007 Best-Selling novel of the same name. It is co-directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer.  The film stars Julianne Moore in the titular role of Alice, a Columbia cognitive psychologist diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Another tear-jerker with Baldwin playing a sensitive husband? Starring: Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth

AMERICAN SNIPER (Release Date: Jan. 16, 2015)
An upcoming American biographical action film, directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Dean Hall. It is based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography, American Sniper. From 1999 to 2009, Texas native Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL, records the highest number of sniper kills for an American. Eastwood was rightly criticized for directing Jersey Boys, so he’s back on track. But will he play a grumpy old Navy Seal in American Sniper? Starring: Bradley Cooper, Luke Grimes, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner

MORTDECAI (Release Date: Jan. 23, 2015)
This trailer looks fantastic and once again, Depp (following his career-path) plays an unusual character. But at least Mortdecai is a human being. Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Starring: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany

BLACK SEA (Release Date: Jan. 23, 2015)
A submarine captain is laid off by a salvage company and makes a deal with a shadowy backer to look for a storied sunken submarine reputed to be loaded with gold at the bottom of the Black Sea. Since this find would get him even with his ex-bosses, he puts together a crew of English and Russian sailors for the task, taking off to uncharted depths with his motley crew. The closer they get to the prize, the riskier it becomes to trust one another. Starring: Jude Law, Jodie Whittaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Michael Smiley

THE BOY NEXT DOOR (Release Date: Jan. 23, 2015)
A single mom becomes attracted to the teenage boy who moves in next door and befriends her son. She starts and ends the romance, but he doesn’t let go so easily. Barbara Curry wrote the screenplay and Rob Cohen directs. John Corbett plays the role of ex-husband to Jennifer’s character.  Lopez insists on acting and so does Chenoweth. If it was written especially for La Lopez, it’s already in trouble. Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Kristin Chenoweth, John Corbett, Ian Nelson

PROJECT ALMANAC (Release Date: Jan. 30, 2015)
The film will be presented in found footage, and the plot centers on the creation of a time machine. A group of friends discover plans to build a time machine and then build one themselves. They use the time machine initially to undo past mistakes, and eventually their goals turn towards their own gain and pleasure, but soon realize that changing the past has dire consequences in the future. So they get the numbers for Super Lotto, am I right? Starring: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Allen Evangelista, Ginny Gardner

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