February the month of St. Valentine, President’s Day, and it’s also Black History Month. This month is a mix of movies. Some sequels, thrillers, and movies returning to theaters in 3D. The weekend before Valentine’s day is when a lot of big movies are being released. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson along with Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) stars in the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, titled, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”. Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington, plays a fugitive in “Safe House”, and it’s up to Ryan Reynolds (“The Green Lantern”) to reel him in. “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” returns to theaters in 3D starring Academy Award winner Natalie Portman (“The Black Swan”), Ewan McGregor (“Moulin Rouge”) as a young Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Liam Neeson (“Taken”) as Qui-Gon Jinn. Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams star in “The Vow”, based on true events. The film’s storyline is reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks’s “The Notebook”. What kind of ending will it have? Sad, happy, or bittersweet?
Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in the movie sequel, “Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance”, which could be entertaining or a big flop. Amanda Seyfried stars in the psychological thriller, “Gone”, where a serial killer whom kidnapped her two years prior returns and kidnaps her sister.
My spotlight pick of the month is “This Means War” starring Chris Pine (“Star Trek”), Tom Hardy (“Inception”), and Academy Award winner, Reese Witherspoon. It’s spy vs. spy vying for the attention of one woman. It looks like it could be funny and entertaining. How far will one go in order to win someone’s heart, or will neither win? Time to pick your teams.
Well that’s my February overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for more Winter Movie Season picks and if you’ve seen any of the films from this month…leave some feedback/suggestions in the Comments section on what to see.
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It’s November so it’s time to see a month full of big hits. The month kicks off with Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Galifianakis, and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx starring in “Due Date”, which is directed and written by Todd Phillips (“The Hangover”). Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt star in the animated film“Megamind” which is in 3D.
Toward the middle of the month, we have the hits that promise to become big blockbusters. Tony Scott’s “Unstoppable” looks like it will do well in theaters combining Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington (“Training Day”) and Star Trek star Chris Pine. The biggest potential box office hit will probably be two words…Harry Potter. Part 1 of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will be released on November 19, 2010 and looks to be epic. Russell Crowe stars in “The Next Three Days” which is very reminiscent of the TV show “Prison Break”.
Thanksgiving has some promising releases with “Burlesque”, “The Nutcracker in 3D”, and Disney’s “Tangled” which is spin on the classic tale of Rapunzel.
My spotlight picks of the month are “Morning Glory” and “Love and Other Drugs”. “Morning Glory” written by the screen writer of “The Devil Wears Prada” stars Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Academy Award winner Diane Keaton (“Annie Hall”). Academy Award nominees Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway team up again for “Love and Other Drugs” where Gyllenhaal plays a pharmaceutical sales rep who meets his match when he meets a free spirited woman played by Hathaway.
Well that’s my November overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for more Fall Movie Season picks.
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Take a look at the trailer for “Unstoppable” directed by Tony Scott and starring Academy Award winner Denzel Washington (“Training Day”) and “Star Trek” star Chris Pine. Full cast list can be found here.
Here’s a synopsis from IMDB.com
A rail company frantically works to prevent an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying combustible liquids and poisonous gas from wiping out a city.
“Unstoppable” will be released in theaters on November 12, 2010. Looks like a good film but does it remind anyone of a cross between “Speed” and “Armageddon”.
Chris Pine -- Image via Aceshowbiz.com
Back in July 2009, it was announced that George Clooney would perhaps play the next Jack Ryan in the reboot of the franchise based on the Tom Clancy novels. Now according to Variety, Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) is in negotiations to play the next Jack Ryan.
Alec Baldwin was the first to portray Jack Ryan in “The Hunt for the Red October”. Harrison Ford took over for two films, “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger” and in an effort to relaunch the franchise, Ben Affleck took over the part in “The Sum of All Fears” (2002).
I can imagine that if Pine were cast as the next Jack Ryan, the franchise might take a similar approach as J.J. Abrams remake of “Star Trek” where the reboot would tell the story of how Jack Ryan became part of the CIA or rather events leading up to it.
Star Trek 2009 crew
J.J. Abrams hits the big screen again with his second directorial piece with Star Trek, which opened on May 7, 2009. In its opening weekend, Star Trek earned 76.5 million dollars making it the biggest opening weekend for the Star Trek franchise ever! To see how the other Star Trek movies stacked up, check out the box office numbers. I really didn’t set any expectations, but I went in with the fact that it was J.J. and that it had to be good. Star Trek did not disappoint…it was really fantastic! Those who have followed J.J.’s previous work will notice little subtleties that appear in this movie. Subtleties that include J.J.’s signature past cast member cameo (in this movie it was Amanda Foreman from Felicity and Alias), a big red ball (Alias), and mysterious monsters (Lost). What was also very exciting was that the writers of Star Trek are the same writers that worked with J.J. Abrams before on Alias and currently write on Fringe.
Click to Continue: Star Trek – 2009
Summer Movie Season kicks off this weekend, May 1, 2009. This summer definitely has some potential box office blockbusters, break out stars, and great entertainment! Be sure to check back from time to time for more summer movie release dates, but for now…check out my highlights of what’s coming out in May.
Click to Continue: Summer Movie Season – May 2009