Thursday, January 31, 2013

At the Movies – February 2013 – Part 3: Most Anticipated Films

Must-See of the Month:

Warm Bodies (Jonathan Levine) – Horror/Romantic Comedy – Feb 1
Plot Summary: The zombie apocalypse has occurred. Zombies roam the land, as well as other worse monsters. Humans desperately fight for their survival, amidst dwindling numbers and constant attacks. But even in this vicious landscape love finds a way – R is just your typical zombie. He craves brains and walks around aimlessly. That is, however, until he sees Julie, a human girl who reinvigorates R’s heart making him slightly more human, and less zombie. Their love spreads to the other zombies, and suddenly the zombies are helping the human stave off extinction by the other things that are really bad out there. Filmmakers: Writer-director Jonathan Levine is back with his second studio film (fourth overall feature film), following up 2011’s wonderful dramedy 50/50. He is working with composers Marco Beltrami (Trouble with the Curve) and Buck Sanders (The Hurt Locker), cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe (The Five-Year Engagement), and production designer Martin Whist (Super 8). Cast: The film stars Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, and features Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, John Malkovich, and Rob Corddry in support. Expectations: Romantic comedy is maybe the most played out and tired genre in film right now, so it is nice to see a director try to do something fresh with it – by making a zombie movie (even if zombies are the new vampires). Warm Bodies is based on a novel by Isaac Marion. Jonathan Levine seems like the perfect fit for this film (which in most hands would probably turn out very lame and predictable – and that still may happen, Levine just brings more positive potential to it), as he seems to have mastered the ability to mix comedy and drama together with great characters (while making use of his young cast) – see 50/50. This is the must-see of February because simply put: it has the most potential to be awesome. Trailer: HereReview: Here.

Worth Checking Out:

Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh) – Thriller – Feb 8
Plot Summary: Emily Taylor anxiously awaits her husband’s release from prison, turning to prescription medication – however, now on pills things begin to get a bit out of hand. Filmmakers: Director Steven Soderbergh has been on a roll of late. His last three film have all been pretty good – Contagion, Haywire, and Magic Mike. He is also serving as the film’s cinematographer (something he often does), and he is working with composer Thomas Newman (Skyfall) and production designer Howard Cummings (who also worked on Soderbergh’s last three films). Cast: The film stars Rooney Mara (looking to have a huge 2013, as she also stars in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Her, and Terrence Malick’s yet untitled new film), and features a good supporting group with Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Vinessa Shaw, and David Costabile (who you will recognize from Breaking Bad). Expectations: Side Effects looks like a good thriller with what seems like lots of twists. Rooney Mara broke through in Hollywood with her two fantastic collaborations with David Fincher (The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and is one of today’s great young talents. I must say that I am most looking forward to this film to see her work, but also because I have enjoyed Soderbergh’s films lately. This is probably not a must-see in theatres, but certainly worth renting if you miss it. Trailer: HereReview: Here.

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