With the January movie slump finally over, it’s time to start looking forward to the rest of the year. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s take a peek at what’s hitting cinemas in February.
‘Gods of Egypt’
It’s been seven years since the last Alex Proyas film, so what are the chances that current moviegoers will care that this visual and auditory assault upon the senses comes from the “visionary director of I, Robot and The Crow” as the preview so boastfully proclaims? Although I rather enjoy Proyas’ unique style, this movie looks absolutely horrendous, starting with the blatant white-washing of characters that audiences are meant to believe are Egyptian. Seeing Gerard Butler in this big-budgeted fantasy schlock is one thing (it’s practically expected of him at this point in his career), but if Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame thinks this will transition him into feature films, this predictable box-office bomb will be his sad reality check.
Thank the gods for the Coen brothers! Yes, they’ve had a couple misfires in the past, but for the most part, their films rank as some of the most satisfying and entertaining of the last four decades. This mystery comedy set in the 1950s film industry looks like another guaranteed crowd-pleaser. It reunites George Clooney with the filmmakers and features a large ensemble cast. The satirical look at the period commonly agreed upon as the start of the end for Hollywood’s Golden Age appears almost as bombastic, extravagant, large-scale and colorful as the very productions it’s commenting upon. Based on the trailer alone, I wouldn’t mind watching this on the silver screen.
The red band trailer for this ensemble crime thriller is far better than those previously released. Those previews made the production look like the typical cops-versus-bad-guys actioner. The fact that John Hillcoat was directing, a filmmaker whose works I’ve quite enjoyed, kept me intrigued though not completely convinced. This trailer, however, has really piqued my interest. It shows that this heist thriller is far more violent and complex than initially believed. That’s not to say I’ve already decided to purchase tickets, but rather, I might consider it now if there’s nothing else to do. For sure, I’ll more than likely watch this on Blu-ray.
Finally, here’s the latest red band trailer for the movie everyone’s expecting to be this month’s box office hit. It adds more of that mouthy sardonic wit we love to hear from Ryan Reynolds.
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