January’s film selections were largely abysmal. Fortunately we’ve made it through to February where there’s a whole new batch of blockbusters set for the multiplex. Here’s our guide to 6 films for you to fall in love with this month.
New month, new outlook. For those who aren’t aware, January usually become the toilet month were studios dump their crap and flush.
Besides maybe Kung Fu Panda 3, and the fact The Revenant’s Canadian opening was delayed to the beginning of January, there really wasn’t a film that stood out last month.
But that’s okay. February is here to save us and there is a plethora of films to be excited about. Here are 6 films to see in February to get you out of the cold, and or maybe get you a little Valentines Day action…you know what I’m talking about.
Official Synopsis: Four-time Oscar winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.
Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Christopher Lambert
Why you should check it out: The Coen brothers have continually made quality films. Fargo and The Big Lebowski are two of my favorites. Their newest film Hail, Caesar! is a humorous take on the film industry during the golden age of 1950s Hollywood. There are some great dance numbers, fantastic cameos and tremendous performances from Josh Brolin, George Clooney and Alden Ehrenreich. It has such a strong cast and so far reviews have been positive. Joel and Ethan Coen have always done interesting work so this is one of those films you will want to check out sooner than later on the big screen.
Release Date: February 5
Official Synopsis: Based on Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. (C) Fox
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand
Why you should check it out: Known as the “Merc with the Mouth,” Deadpool is one of those adult-orientated superhero films where the taboo is welcomed and the killing is plentiful. It’s Rated R, and is squarely aimed at grown ups – or those kids that can successfully sneak into the movie theatre. But you can fully expect guns, rude stuff and F’bombs galore which makes for a fantastic night out on Valentines Day. It also stars a great local actor named Mrs. Georgia Viaduct, so let’s support the local Vancouver talent…instead of tearing her down?
Release Date: February 12
Official Synopsis: Ben Stiller returns both in front of and behind the camera for Zoolander 2, a comedy that finds the beloved model Derek Zoolander (Stiller) and his rival-turned-partner Hansel (Owen Wilson) facing a threat to their continued success.
Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penélope Cruz, Billy Zane, Fred Armisen, Kyle Mooney, Kristen Wiig.
Why you should check it out: 2001’s Zoolander was one of the year’s best comedies. Who knows how good the sequel will be. Remember Anchorman 2? Dumb and Dumber To? They didn’t exactly live up to the original films. Sometimes comedies that were funny over a decade ago, don’t always have the best sequels. But fans will flock to this one to see some more Blue Steel and the zaniness or should I say “Billy Zane’iness” that comes with Stiller, Wilson and a supporting cast with the likes of Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, and even Benedict Cumberbatch. There is a crap load of cameos in this film, so expect to see a lot of stars. Give this one a shot, you’ll either laugh out loud or groan in pain. Just keep in mind how old you were when you first saw Zoolander all those years ago. Yeah you’re pretty old.
Release Date: February 12
Official Synopsis: In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness circa 1630.
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson
Why you should check it out: Why does the world need Rom-Coms at this time of year? What people really need is a super scary horror with creepy images that weave in and out of your nightmares. Early buzz on this film is that this one will stick with you for a while. So if you want to scare the crap out of your partner, take them to The Witch for Valentines Day. It’s by first time director/writer Robert Eggers, and after watching this film, you may not look at goats the same way.
Release Date: February 19
Official Synopsis: In Triple Nine, a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist and the only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down.” Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck action-packed finale tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (C) Open Road Films
Cast: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet
Why you should check it out: This movie looks bad ass. It reminds me of the great heist film Heat or a dirty cop drama like Training Day. All you have to do is look at the cast and the trailer above and know that this has all the makings of one of the best action films that isn’t called Deadpool. If you like your films full of guns, heists and dirty cops, Triple 9 is for you. This looks well worth the time to check out in a theatre setting. Put this one on your list and let’s hope it lives up to the hype.
Release Date: February 26
Official Synopsis: Spotlight tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, Spotlight is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times. (C) Open Road.
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup, Brian d’Arcy James
Why you should check it out: Easily one of the best films of 2015 and is nominated for 6 Academy Awards. If you didn’t get a chance to see this fantastic story when it was in theatres, you now have a chance to check it out, as it is set to be released on VOD (Video on Demand) and Blu-Ray this month. It really is a must see, and although the subject matter can be hard to deal with, the performances from this ensemble cast are riveting. Pick this one up and enjoy this award winning film at home.
Blu-Ray Release Date: February 23