Although the worst movie month of the year is over, the first weekend of February still feels like it belongs back in January. This weekend’s releases consist of one bad movie, one fluffy movie, and one slightly above par. Once again, this might be a great weekend to catch up on those Oscar nominated films you’ve missed.
Feel-good, family-friendly, nature-centric ‘Big Miracle‘ stars John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore in the big screen portrayal of the real story of three whales trapped behind five miles of ice preventing them from migrating to the shores of Mexico for winter. No, Krasinski and Barrymore do not play the whales. Instead, they respectively play the reporter who turns the story into worldwide news and the head of Greenpeace. As corny as the movie may seem/sound/be, know that it’s a lot more factual than you’d think.
The fictional “found footage” film ‘Chronicle‘ documents three teenage boys who inherit super powers after coming in contact with an alien crystal. Even though the film replicates the look of a hand-held amateur video, don’t be afraid that the whole movie will be as shaky as ‘Cloverfield‘. As the kids learn to better use their powers, the aspiring filmmaker of the bunch starts to use his telekinesis to make the camera float around and follow them on their exercises.
In his first film since finishing the ‘Harry Potter‘ series, Daniel Radcliffe stars in ‘The Woman in Black‘ – not to be confused with ‘The Lady in White’. In it, Radcliffe plays a young lawyer sent to a small village in rural England to clean and sell a home with a haunted past. After he sees a woman in black wandering around the property, kids in the village start dying. It’s not a bad idea for a scary movie, but like most other PG-13 horrors, it lacks everything that makes the genre worth watching.
Indie horror movie ‘The Innkeepers‘ opens on a few screens this weekend too. When the owners of an inn decide that it’s time to close up shop for good, they spend their last few nights researching the possible hauntings that have taken place there in the past – which only invites new guests that check-in for good.
If you saw last year’s ‘Contagion‘, then you already saw a too-easy-to-solve, less dramatic version of ‘Perfect Sense‘. Starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green, ‘Perfect Sense’ follows two people during an odd pandemic that plagues the whole world. One by one, infected people begin losing senses – smell, taste, touch, hearing and ultimately sight. ‘Perfect Sense’ never shows the CDC side of the event, tracking down and curing the disease with ease. Instead, it shows the personal side of the pandemic, what it would be like for you and I should this really take place.
Madonna’s ‘W.E.‘ is listed as opening this weekend even though it already had a limited release last year. This romantic drama simultaneously tells the stories of two couples in different times (one being the scandalous affair of England’s King Edward VIII and divorcee Wallis Simpson, which led to Edward abdicating his throne – a subplot also covered in ‘The King’s Speech‘). Some critics have raved about the film, some have bashed it. If you see it, be sure to let us know what you think. I’m intrigued.