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JUPITER ASCENDING (Release Date: Feb. 6, 2015)
The Wachowski brothers are back! Mila Kunis is Jupiter Jones, born under a night sky and destined for great things. But Jupiter’s path to cosmic domination has a bumpy start – she earns her living working as a maid. Caine (Channing Tatum), arrives on earth to track her down. Of course, Jupiter’s destiny is to be next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. Jupiter has the skills for such a mission – she already knows how to clean a bathroom.
SEVENTH SON (in 3D) (Release Date: Feb. 6, 2015)
Based on The Last Apprentice (or The Wardstone Chronicles) book series by Joseph Delaney, young Thomas is apprenticed to the local spook to learn to fight evil spirits. The sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). They must vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and her army of supernatural assassins. All I want to know is this: Does Bridges play guitar and sing a few songs?
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (Release Date: Feb. 13, 2015)
Jamie Dornan won the coveted role of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey. Dakota Johnson (daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson) is the silly heroine/college student, Anastasia Steele. The only good news about Fifty Shades: It’s directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy). Taylor-Johnson should have campaigned for her young husband Taylor-Johnson for the role of Grey. Or would that have been creepy? Will Fifty Shades make S&M cool for Middle America couples, or ruin it with a silly “safe” word and a sadist who cries? Three screenwriters are taking credit – never a good sign.
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (Release Date: Feb. 13, 2015)
Director Matthew Vaughn’s latest comic book action movie adaptation is about an unsuspecting street kid known as “Eggsy” (Taron Egerton), who is recruited by a top secret spy agency. He is unrefined, but the agency thinks he can succeed in their ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. Eggsy’s mentor is Colin Firth, but the real villain is a lisping Samuel L. Jackson. Kingsman also stars one of Vaughn’s go-to actors, Mark Strong.
THE LAST 5 YEARS (Release Date: Feb. 13, 2015)
Oh, NO! It’s a love story told almost entirely through songs! If you are an adolescent girl, this is your Valentine’s Day movie. Written and directed by Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra, P.S. I Love You), this adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical, follows a love affair and marriage, taking place over a five-year period. All of Cathy’s (Anna Kendrick) songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie’s (Jeremy Jordan) songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage.
MCFARLAND, USA (Release Date: Feb. 20, 2015)
(No relationship to Seth McFarland…) We haven’t seen much from Kevin Costner in the past ten years, and then in 2014 he was everywhere, starring in four movies! Whatever he did to get blacklisted, he righted it. McFarland tells the story of a coach living in a predominantly Hispanic California town back in the ‘80s, where he builds a high school track team who must face adversity to become champions. Costner is playing the coach and I bet he’s mean, but his heart softens when he realizes how much good is in the disadvantaged boys.
FOCUS (Release Date: Feb. 20, 2015)
Nicky Spurgeon is a seasoned conman who becomes romantically involved with a young attractive woman, while introducing her to the tricks of his conman trade. When she gets too close for comfort, he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires as opposing sides of the same mark: a billionaire international racecar owner. Apollo Robbins, world-famous theatrical pickpocket and Vegas local, served as a consultant, conceiving and choreographing original sleight-of-hand maneuvers. Robbins describes himself as a “gentleman thief”. Focus stars current “It-Girl” Margot Robbie, Will Smith, and Xerxes himself: Rodrigo Santoro.
MAPS TO THE STARS (Release Date: Feb. 27, 2015)
Director David Cronenberg brings us on a tour into the hearts of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another, and the relentless ghosts of their past. Starring Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Robert Pattinson, (remember the teen vampire dreamboy from the Twilight saga? He hasn’t had many “moving” roles – let’s hope in this one we will see him shine.