Winter Films Maybe Worth the Watch

Between the months of January & mid-March, we all know that most winter films do not sit well with movie critics or audiences.  This is kind of the downtime for good movies while we still process the soon to come Oscars for 2015 films.  However, there are a few films that may be worth the watch and could even be in the running for next year’s Oscars.

Hail, Caesar! is going to be released on February 5 and is the latest comedy from Joel & Ethan Coen (directors and writers of films like No Country For Old Men, Fargo, O’ Brother Where Art Thou).  The top-notch cast includes James Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton & Alden Ehrenreich.  The comedy takes place in 1950s Hollywood and is about a fixer who works to keep the studio’s stars in line, until one goes missing.  One thing I know for sure is Roger Deakins has a high chance of gaining another Oscar nominee for cinematography.  The film is Rated PG-13.

Deadpool will be released on February 12 and is the latest Marvel movie starring Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano, Morena Baccarin & T.J.Miller.  The film is directed by Tim Miller and is written by Rhett Reese (Zombieland) & Paul Wernick (also of Zombieland).  This hard Rated R film tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool.

For the ladies & even men, Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie & Leslie Mann will be starring in the comedy How to Be Single, releasing February 12.  The film is directed by Christian Ditter & written by Dana Fox (The Wedding Date), Abby Kohn (He’s Just Not That Into You) & Marc Silverstein (also of He’s Just Not That Into You).  I absolutely love cheesy romantic comedies, so you can count me in.  The film is Rated R.

Getting closer to Spring (March 11), Matthew McConaughey will be starring in the new Civil War film called Free State of Jones.  This film could put McConaughey,  Gugu Mbatha-Raw, director & writer Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) on the Oscar potentials for next year’s Oscars.  The film is about a poor farmer from Mississippi who leads a group of rebels against the Confederate Army.

Finally, on March 18, Director & writer Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter) will be releasing his new dramatic Sci-Fi film, Midnight Special.  The film will star Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver & Sam Shepard.  This PG-13 film is about a father & son who go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.


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