– 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.
– The second movie in the one book trilogy. They were just saved by giant eagles and now they are back on their way to defeat Smaug the Dragon. Along the way, they run into various dangers including giant spiders. Watch what version of this you go to, as there will be even more theaters with the 48 frames per second version of this movie.
– Stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. Directed by Peter Jackson. Rated PG-13.
– Russell Baze (Christian Bale) works a dead-end job and tries to survive as best he can. When his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns from the Iraq war, but then soon gets caught up with a criminal organization and disappears. Russell decides to track down his brother and get justice once the police do nothing. Strangely this is the only release this week in what is supposed to be the Christmas movie season.
– Stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Shepard. Directed by Scott Cooper. Rated R.
Note: Because of Thanksgiving, everything is being released on a Wednesday.
– By the creators of Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled, the composers of Avenue Q and Book of Mormon: The Musical, and based on the story of the Snow Queen is the new movie Frozen from Disney. The marketing for the movie I think has been all wrong as you would never know it’s a full-blown musical but it is. Plus I admire Disney for using a voice cast that are actually not the usual A-listers others try to promote.
– Stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana. Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Rated PG.
– The new Hunger Games movie, where Katniss returns and is making a victor’s tour. However, President Snow isn’t happy with her or her image and wants to take her down before rebellion can set in. Even going so far as changing the rules of the Hunger Games to do so.
– Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Rated PG-13.
John Williams will not be scoring a few important movies, talk about live action Beauty & The Beast, and the comic Chrononauts will be turned into a movie. Then George R.R. Martin skips Comic-Con, Sherlock goes back in time for a Christmas Special, and some interesting casting for The Preacher plus lots of videos that are worth your time and more.
Movies in Theaters 03/20/2015. There's three movies this week with the Divergent sequel, Insurgent; Sean Penn in The Gunman; and Do You Believe? in wide release this week. If you have to see something new, see Insurgent. Better yet see Cinderella.
New Releases for DVD/Blu-Ray and Video Games for 03/17/2015. Happy St. Patrick's Day! There's Exodus: Gods & Kings, Penguins of Madagascar, Song of the Sea, Bleach, and a Final Fantasy game with a great bonus out today.
This week we have a better look at Disney's Tomorrowland, Terry Pratchett embraces death, and Dumbo will be creepier than ever thanks to Tim Burton. In Talk Nerdy to Me Tron 3 is officially on the way, Toonami changes coming soon, and more news on the Digimon sequel!
Harrison Ford is in a plane crash, we have Beast and Gaston casting, there's an epic parody trailer for Community season 6, Samantha Bee leaves the Daily Show, and the best thing about Gotham isn't coming back next season. In Talk Nerdy to Me, Aniplex tries to copy Funimation with a Durarara dub stream, another honest trailer, and Funimation kills it with their Space Dandy promotion.