January was the month of Oscar releases, so chances are if you made it to the cinema a few times you probably saw a large portion of the contenders this year, but moving onto February, can it live up to the hype of last month or will it be an anti-climax? This month’s picks have been difficult with quite a few films that are far from sure bets but there are some big releases (and one very big release), and some smaller ones but with decent potential, this month could deliver some great films but undoubtedly they will be slightly drowning in mediocre ones.
Trumbo – 05/02
This film has received a fair share of nominations this awards season and that is reason enough to see it, even garnering Bryan Cranston an Oscar nomination, although so far those nominations have not resulted in any wins. Many may not know the story of Dalton Trumbo (Cranston), a famous Hollywood screenwriter who was jailed and blacklisted for his political opinions, like many other artists in the late 1940’s with post-war paranoia striking through the heart of authority in the US. Also starring Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alan Tudyk and Louis C.K..
Read the review here: https://filmcarnage.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/review-trumbo/
Deadpool – 10/02
Undoubtedly the biggest release of the month without question and if you haven’t seen even just one of the many ad campaigns, have you been living under a rock? Deadpool has bombarded the public with several trailers and a myriad of posters, and it has been quite enjoyable. The story of Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), a former Special Forces operative used as an experiment in the hopes of curing his cancer that gives him accelerated healing and causes him to become Deadpool, our hero-ish with a passion for killing and an apathy for what anyone else thinks. Also starring: Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein and Brianna Hildebrand.
Read the review here: https://filmcarnage.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/review-deadpool/
Zoolander 2 – 12/02
This may not be the biggest release but it is certainly the most anticipated, with the original film being released 15 years ago, there are a multitude of fans that have been waiting for this day a very long time; those fans should be satisfied by the fact most of the original cast has returned. Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are striking a pose again, supported by second timers Will Ferrell and Christine Taylor, with some new faces Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Olivia Munn and Benedict Cumberbatch. Can they make the old formula work again, or will this just be one for the fans?
Freeheld – 19/02
Starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, the real life story of a New Jersey police lieutenant’s battle to leave her pension benefits to her domestic partner when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer, struggling to get the department to recognise a same sex partnership. Also Starring Michael Shannon and Steve Carrell, this is a great cast with what should be, and is, an inspirational story of love and getting what is just.
How to Be Single – 19/02
Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson are tackling the female-single-buddy comedy, Robin (Wilson) doing her best to teach Alice (Johnson) how to be single in a modern world, supported by some other singles played by Alison Brie, Leslie Mann, Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Lacy and Anders Holm. This one looks like a good time film and some light entertainment for plenty of laughs and once again to prove that yes, comedies can be lead by women.
Triple 9 – 19/02
Another in a long line of cop based action thrillers, this time starring some fairly big hitters: Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot and Chiwetel Ejiofor. A gang of criminals and corrupt cops decide that the best way to pull off their next heist is to use a triple 9 by murdering a cop to draw the police away. This looks like a decent film, but it’s always one to be wary off, it can turn out more flare than quality.
Secret in Their Eyes – 26/02
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman star in a film about a tight team of investigators that are torn apart by the brutal murder of one of their own children, and their determination to find her killer at any cost. These are some big actors, and all in one film makes it deserve a shot at least.
The Forest – 26/02
I have to admit I was entirely unsure whether to add this one to my list, but then I considered the fact of how rarely (despite there being one other also included) horror films catch my attention, for the most part the quality tends to be highly unreliable and I avoid most of them; but occasionally there is one (or two) that manages to intrigue me, and this one has. Natalie Dormer plays Sara, a woman who in the attempt to find her missing sister must enter a place known as “Suicide Forest” in Japan and find herself in the middle of something much more supernatural than she bargained for. Not to mention I also have huge admiration for whoever created the film’s beautiful poster.
Also out this month: Dad’s Army (05/02), Goosebumps (05/02), Strangerland (05/02), Point Break (05/02), A Bigger Splash (12/02), Alvin & the Chipmunks 4 (12/02), Concussion (12/02), Jem & the Holograms (12/02), Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (12/02) reviewed here: https://filmcarnage.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/review-pride-prejudice-zombies/, Bastille Day (19/02), Bone Tomahawk (19/02), Chronic (19/02), Fifty Shades of Black (19/02), The Finest Hours (19/02), Orthodox (19/02), Grimsby (26/02) & God’s of Egypt (26/02)