Winter Movie Preview: January 2015

January 2

A Most Violent Year

From writer/director JC Chandor, who’s on a roll with Margin Call and All is Lost. The way Jessica Chastain says, “This was very disrespectful,” makes my life.

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Winter Movie Preview: February

Look ma, the movie preview is on time!

February 7

A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Simon Pegg stars as a crime novelist whose research on serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck. This is exactly the kind of movie that benefits from the on-demand platform. It looks good, but maybe not good enough for a trip to the theater. But from the comfort of your couch? Perfectly fine option for home viewing, and one you probably won’t regret.

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Winter Movie Preview: December 2013

A week late, but whatever. The first weekend in December was relatively slow anyway.

December 6

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers’ latest revisits their musical fixation, but this time in 1960’s Greenwich Village. The movie is supposedly funnier than the bummer of a trailer, and though it comes as highly pedigreed as any Oscar hopeful, it isn’t generating much heat amidst a very crowded field. Bonus: The soundtrack—produced by the same team that made O Brother Where Are Thou?—is incredible.

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Winter Movie Preview: February

February, like January, is not a good month for movies. It’s marginally better than January because Valentine’s Day means some deliberate content planning, but it’s not much of an improvement. If January is where studios go to bury their movies, February is where they leave them to die. Mostly dead > all the way dead, I guess.

February 1

Bullet to the Head

This February, Sylvester Stallone is…WAY TOO OLD FOR THIS SHIT.

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Winter Movie Preview: January

With the exception of Oscar-ish movies expanding their platforms (like Zero Dark Thirty and Promised Land), January is a graveyard in which movie studios bury their malformed movies, the mistakes they committed to making but are too embarrassed to show in the bright light of day. Good movies don’t come out in January, but sometimes there are so-bad-it’s-good gems buried among the carcasses of aborted summer blockbusters and disavowed homeless Oscar bait. Let’s get to it.

January 4

A Dark Truth

You ever notice that Forest Whitaker makes a lot of shitty movies? He was amazing in The Last King of Scotland, but he’s rapidly become a candidate for the Cuba Gooding, Jr./Nicolas Cage Oscar Revocation Program. This is another of his crappy movies, with political pretentions and no resonance. There’s a massacre, and a cover up, and shady government involvement and it looks especially cheap next to Zero Dark Thirty. It also stars Eva Longoria, which doesn’t help.

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