Zoolander 2 – 02.12.2016 : The hilarious partners in crime are back! After a long hiatus(16 years since the last film, to be precise), Derek and Hansel are modelling again, only this time, instead of assassinating Malaysia’s Prime Minister, they’re trying to deal with threats posed by an enemy agency, while ensuring that“Blue Steel” isn’t a thing of the past.
Tumbledown – 02.12.2016 : Coming out just two days before Valentine’s day, Tumbledown joins the numerous love stories that swarm into the theaters in February each year, but it manages to avoid the cash-grab marketing strategies often used by other romantic comedies. A young woman struggling with the painful death of her husband meets a brash New York writer who helps her to confront her loss. This is a small, innocuous movie that delivers just the right amount of warmth on a cold February night.
Touched With Fire – 02.12.2016 : What happens when two manic depressives fall in love with each other? Touched With Fire explores the consequences, depicting two poets suffering from Bipolar Disorder beginning an unlikely romance in a psychiatric hospital. Interestingly, the film’s director Paul Dalio also has Bipolar and frequently draws from his own experience with the disorder to portray the two protagonists. Although we don’t expect it to be as good as Silver Linings Playbook from 2012, another film featuring elements of mental illness, Touched With Fire still might turn out to be a genuine and sensitive drama that draws out both the beauty and horror of Bipolar.
The Choice – 02.05.2016 : To all the Nicholas Sparks fans out there, get your tissues ready, because shedding tears is reasonably expected in this romantic drama adapted from Sparks’ 2007 homonymous novel. The Choice has Sparks’ signature hackneyed plot, depicting young people brought together by Fate (yes, Fate is everywhere) who overcome challenges in their search for love. Though it’s easy to see how overused and corny this storyline has become, it works every time. Perhaps people enjoy watching tearjerkers like these to relish perfect moments of love nonexistent in their own lives, or maybe they just want to appreciate the beautiful faces that always appear on the screens.
How to Be Single 02.12.2016 : Beneath the lighthearted title, How to be Single tells the story of a woman searching for love in New York City. It has an all-star cast featuring the hilarious Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson.
Misconduct – 02.05.2016 : In freshman director Shintaro Shimosawa’s inaugural film, a young lawyer takes on a case against a callous executive of a large pharmaceutical company, but soon discovers a scandal involving corruption and blackmailing. This is a thriller worth seeing. Plus, Josh Duhamel’s in it.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – 02.05.2016 : If you’re one who’s into the classics while craving for some zombie action, this movie is just for you. A mashup combining Jane Austen’s classic tale and fictional zombie elements, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies may seem silly at first glance, drawing eye rolls from English teachers, but it’s perfect for a nonchalant Friday afternoon with friends and families. Don’t worry, it’s only rated PG -13 for some zombie violence.
Race – 02.19.2016 : Directed by Stephen Hopkins, Race is a biographical sports-drama film about the African American four-time Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, and retells events occurring at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, where Owens faced off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.
The Witch – 02.19.2016 : Directed by Robert Eggers, 2015’s Sundance Film Festival Directing Award winner, The Witch follows a stereotypical Salem horror storyline: A devout Christian family leading a leisurely life in New England starts to collapse and turn on each other when the newborn son mysteriously vanishes and the crops begin to fail. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to observe a director’s unique insight in adapting historical events to the silver screen, just like in the remarkable The Exorcist, released in 1973. The source of fear has been developed as a topic in this particular genre of horror films. Instead of depicting a physical visualization of dread on screen, The Witch embeds it’s malice into its gorgeous yet oppressive cinematography, done in Canada’s Mattawa Voyageur Country region. This will come as a refreshing watch if you’re tired of the ubiquitous presence of pop-up ghost face in horror films.
Hail, Caesar 02.05.2016 : The much-anticipated all-star comedy is finally here. The Following the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and two years of producing work in the Fargo TV series, with a setting similar to ‘91’s Barton Fink: 1950s Hollywood, a period that would come to be known as the “Golden Age” of film. Hail Caesar is a snapshot in the life of Capitol Pictures executive Eddie Mannix (a legendary fixer for MGM in real life), who finds himself in a tough spot, juggling among other things a kidnapping case of a major studio star, the fatherless pregnancy of an actress, and above all the temptation of a job offering that would set him up for life. As a character-driven comedy, Hail Caesar also satirizes the glory and decadence of old Hollywood. If you’re a Coen fan, that probably sounds familiar to you, because Coen’s iconic black humor is back!
Gods of Egypt – 02.26.2016 : From the director of I, Robot comes an epic film that looks as if its producer did not write a fat enough check for the CGI team. Essentially the Egyptian equivalent of Thor and Percy Jackson, Gods of Egypt stars Brenton Thwaites as a mortal hero battling the beasts and wits of Set, the god of the desert, storms, disorder, and warfare(simplified to a mere “god of darkness”, according to the movie’s website), who usurps the Egyptian throne. Set is played by Gerard Butler, who reprises his macho warrior roles from 300, in a production that would probably be considered blasphemous if done with deities of the present day, already receiving backlash for its portrayal of Egyptians with a whitewashed cast.
Eddie the Eagle – 02.26.2016 : Eddie the Eagle depicts Great Britain’s first ski jumper to enter the Winter Olympics. And of course, the story is about how the underdog becomes the “Eagle”.
Deadpool – 02.12.2016 : Deadpool has a lot of fan expectations to live up to, especially after Fox’s disappointing deliverance of the character in 2009’s Wolverine: Origins. Outrageously obnoxious ad campaigns and trailers leaving the internet ablaze probably made Marvel regret the day it sold the rights to its most beloved red mercenary, and have delivered a clear message: This isn’t your typical superhero movie. If Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t antihero enough for you, Ryan Reynold’s role as the joke-slinging Merc with a Mouth just might be. If you’re looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day and aren’t too queasy, check this one out.