– 3 Days to Kill is a little weird as I’m not exactly sure of the production of it. I believe it’s actually a French made film, filmed in Paris, that’s being released here in the United States, which is why it might be released now (though there was a commercial for it during the Super Bowl). Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) is a dying Secret Service agent. In exchange for one last assignment in his last three days to live, he is given a chance to have an experimental treatment that will help him live and retire, all while trying to enjoy some of his remaining time with his daughter.
– Stars Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen, Richard Sammel, and Eriq Ebouaney. Directed by McG. Rated PG-13.
NOTE: All movies come out on Valentine’s Day (Friday) with the exception of RoboCop, which releases Wednesday.
– RoboCop (out on Weds) – RoboCop is probably one of the highest profile remakes in a while and is a remake of the 1987 film about Alex Murphy, a cop in Detroit that is turned into a cyborg after his body is blown up by crooked cops. The evil OmniCorp tries to use Alex’s body as a way to circumvent antirobot laws and use special programming to secretly control him.
– Stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Jose Padilha. Rated PG-13. (more…)
– The LEGO Movie is one that we’ve been waiting a long time for. Emmett is an ordinary person until he’s mistaken as the Special. He’s drafted in a war against Lord Business who wants to freeze all the LEGOs together forever after forcing all the people to follow instructions without imagination. This has Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Lantern, Morgan Freeman, and many more. It also is by the writers and directors of the original Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
– Stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller. Rated PG.
– Labor Day is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Maynard. Set in the 1980s, a depressed and increasingly isolated single mother and her son are kidnapped by an escaped convict while on a trip to the store. After he forces them to take them to their home, the mother and convict start to share a relationship with each other, while its up to the son to keep the police off their tail. While this sounds romantic on the surface, it really just sounds like a massive case of Stockholm’s Syndrome!
– Stars Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, and Tobey Maguire. Directed by Jason Reitman. Rated PG-13.
– I, Frankenstein is a very heavily delayed movie, which is why you might have seen trailers for this a while ago. It was originally supposed to come out February 2013, was moved to September 2013 (which was probably a better release date), then it was delayed again to January 24, 2014. It’s done by much of the same team behind the Underworldfranchise. Adam Frankenstein, the Frankenstein monster, gets mixed up in the war between Gargoyles and Demons, with humans in the middle.
– Stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Socratis Otto, Jai Courtney, and Kevin Grevioux. Directed by Stuart Beattie. Rated PG-13.
– Of the movies to go see this weekend, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is probably the one to go see. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was originally scheduled to come out on Christmas 2013, but when Wolf of Wall Street was delayed because of it being too long, they pushed it out-of-the-way so it could be out before the end of the year. So then Jack Ryan got pushed to January even though the studio thought it would do well enough for Christmas (though this Christmas seemed a little weird for what came out). This movie is a little bit different from the rest of the Jack Ryan films. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is considered a reboot of the franchise and is the first movie not based off of a Tom Clancy novel. Some of the previous films are Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger, and Sum of All Fears, so the line up has been pretty strong. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is supposed to be a prequel of the rest of the movies with Jack Ryan working as a Junior Analyst discovers evidence of a possible terrorist threat. He get promoted to a spy in Russia to try to figure out if the evidence is real and then has to do his best to stop the plot before it’s too late.
– Stars Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, and Keira Knightley. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Rated PG-13.
– Ride Along is about short, plucky security guard that proposes to his girlfriend. However, his future brother-in-law is a cop and decides that the potential brother has to prove himself worthy in his eyes to deserve his sister.
– Stars Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Bryan Cullen, Tika Sumpter, and Laurence Fishburne. Directed by Tim Story. Rated PG-13.
– Another horror found footage style horror movie that they are milking to death is Devil’s Due. A young couple has a forgetful honeymoon (which is weird since you’d think they’d film it to fit in on the found footage style) and has unexpected pregnancy. His wife’s pregnancy and her behavior get weirder and weirder as the months go on. It looks like she’s the target of a satanic cult that is using her body to raise something sinister.
– Stars Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Sam Anderson, and Robert Belushi. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. Rated R.
– The Nut Job is about a squirrel that was kicked out of the park after he blew up the tree and the nut supply for the winter. He soon finds out that there is a store that specializes in nuts and is determined to break in and have the various nuts with the help of his other animal friends. I will say I usually give animated shows the benefit of the doubt, but this movie looks terrible. The only positive but strange thing is that Psy (of Gangnam Style) is going to be appearing as the animated version of himself and be performing that song during the ending credits.
– Stars Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Garbiel Iglesias, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Stephen Lang, and Maya Rudolph. Directed by Peter Lepeniotis. Rated PG.
– The Legend of Hercules is the first of two different Hercules movies this year. The movie was originally known as “Hercules: The Legend Begins” (which is what I have known it as) and is about a basically demigod named Hercules. That’s about all that’s in common with the myth from what I can tell. He battles his way back from exile after being betrayed and being made a slave. He finds out he’s a demigod and fights back. They are even confusing Roman and Greek mythologies as well. Basically there is a reason that it’s being released at this time of year. I would say only see this if you’re a fan of Kellan Lutz and want to see him jacked.
– Stars Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee, and Liam Garrigan. Directed by Renny Harlin. Rated PG-13.
– Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is the fifth Paranormal Activity movie, but I feel like them not including the number is not a good sign. Also through research found out that there is an “unofficial” Japanese Paranormal Activity that is probably better than any of the recent ones. This one takes place in Southern California in 2012, and is focused more on the Latino market. After a woman dies in the apartment below them, party goers break into her apartment and discover that she’s been practicing black magic. When the main character gets a mysterious bite on his arm, it starts to change him and his family tries to save him before it’s too late.
– Stars Andrew Jacobs, Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, and Gabrielle Walsh. Directed by Christopher B. Landon. Rated R.
Note: All movies this week come out on Wednesday for the holiday instead of the usual Friday.
– This one is a little strange because the title makes it misleading. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in this version is about a Walter Mitty that day dreams all the time and works in the negative assets department of Life magazine. For their final issue, the magazine wants a particular photo as the cover but when it goes missing, Walter goes in search of the photo and changes his life. HOWEVER, this is the second movie based off of the short story of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and has the same title. The original movie is from 1947 and stars a very good Danny Kaye. However, this movie, the 1947 one, and the short story couldn’t be more different other than it’s about a daydreaming Walter Mitty. I don’t know if they have the sound effect that triggers Walter’s dreams, and if they don’t that means that the 1947 one is more accurate. But the sad part is that a remake has been in development for a while, and because of all the rights transfers, the original movie wasn’t available to own until just this month.
– Stars Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, and Sean Penn. Directed by Ben Stiller. Rated PG.
– The new Disney movie based on the true story of Walt Disney’s struggles to get permission from P. L. Travers in order to make the Mary Poppins movie. Of course, this is only based on the story with I’m sure a few changes from actual history. However, I will say that Tom Hanks makes a very good Walt Disney.
– Stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Rachel Griffiths, and Colin Farrell. Directed by John Lee Hancock. Rated PG-13.
It's been a big week in nerdom with lots of trailers, the truth behind the Dennis Quaid freakout, David Hasselhoff's music video for Kung Fury, Wonder Woman loses then gains a director, and Colton Haynes leaves Arrow. Plus much, much more!
Movies in Theaters 04/17/2015. There's more variety this week with Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Unfriended, and DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom. If those don't suit your fancy, Age of Ultron is out in two short weeks.
We have some major Marvel news, Five Nights at Freddy's gets a movie option, Agents of SHIELD getting a possible spin-off, and Syfy loses wrestling. In Talk Nerdy to Me, there's a new ghost at the Haunted Mansion, SDCC starts a VOD channel, and several Game of Thrones parodies to celebrate the season premiere.
Movies in Theaters 04/10/2015. If you didn't like Furious 7 and want romance then you can see The Longest Ride. If you have better sense to see neither of those, go rent a movie or go outside and wait for the Avengers: Age of Ultron.