February is quite possibly going to be one of the quietest months of the year, with January having some great picks and March looking good, February is set to pick up the slack. As always though, I lumber through the dredge coming out this month and find four films that will, hopefully, be worthy of your time at the cinema.
Robocop, February 7th
Director: Jose Padilha Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman & Michael Keaton
Normally, the films that make this list each month are the one’s I genuinely want to see, as I believe or at least hope, they will be good movies. However, the new Robocop movie makes this list out of morbid curiosity more than anything, I know that’s not a great recommendation but it is at least the truth. While I’m not sure the film will be as bad as a lot of people are making out, I don’t believe it will hold a candle to the 1987 original and will immediately be a waste of a lot of people’s time. I think the saving grace of this movie will be the strong cast that has been put together by director Jose Padilha, with the likes of Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson & Jackie Earle Haley onboard, I think they will be able to do enough to prevent it from being a complete train wreck.
The Lego Movie, February 14th
Directors: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks & Will Arnett
Never in a million years did I think I would be excited at the prospect of a movie based on tiny plastic bricks, cue The Lego Movie to prove me wrong. While it could prove to an unmitigated disaster, I have a feeling from seeing the trailers and looking at the posters, that this could be one of the most sheer fun movies we’ve had in a long while. Also, if it’s half as much fun as the Lego themed video games have been lately, then this movie could be one of the surprise hits of the year.
The Monuments Men, February 14th
Director: George Clooney Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon & Bill Murray
The Monuments Men is the story of a group of historians and museum directors who are assigned to Nazi Germany at the end of World War II, and whose job it is to recover art that was taken by the Nazi’s and return it to its rightful owners. I’ve been really intrigued by this movie ever since I saw the trailer at the cinema. It looks quirky & ever so slightly odd, with a deadpan humour that seems to benefit the movie, and seems like exactly the kind of movie you would expect George Clooney to make right now.
The Book Thief, February 26th
Director: Brian Percival Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush & Emily Watson
Based upon the book of the same name, The Book Thief tells the story of a young girl named Liesel who, during World War II, steals books and shares them with others. The story takes into account Liesel’s relationship with those around her, including her family, friends, the rest of the neighbourhood she lives in and a young Jewish man who has been taken in by Liesel’s family. The book has drawn critical acclaim and featured prominently on The New York Times bestseller list. While it may not be to everyone’s taste, and is certainly one to avoid as a “date movie,” The Book Thief looks to contain some real compelling drama and attempts to show the horrors of Nazi Germany.