A Small February Dose Of Action And Comedy On Screens
Strangely the month of February brings a pure disappointment to the fans of action movies, thrillers and comedy. Just four new action and three comedy releases are going to sweeten their hearts. Perhaps the sequel of 2014 John Wick starring Keanu Reeves would compensate this small quantity? Or maybe it would present an opportunity to refer to new family movies instead? It's your choice!
Director: Eran Creevy Written by: Eran Creevy, F. Scott Frazier Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley Plot Synopsis: After a heist goes terribly wrong, Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) finds himself on the run from a ruthless gang headed by mob boss Hagen (Anthony Hopkins). Now Casey has precious cargo that belongs to Hagen, who will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Left with no choice, Casey calls his former employer and drug smuggler Geran (Ben Kingsley) to protect his long-time girlfriend Juliette before Hagen gets his hands on her. Casey sets out on an andrenaline-fueled car chase on the German highways to save the love of his life before it's too late.
Director: Chad Stahelski Written by: Derek Kolstad Starring: Keanu Reeves, Common, Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick, Franco Nero, with John Leguizamo, Ian McShane Plot Synopsis: Keanu Reeves returns in the sequel to the 2014 hit as legendary hitman John Wick who is forced to back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
Director: Anne Hamilton Written by: Anne Hamilton Starring: Peyton Kennedy, Richard Schiff, Kip Pardue, Marci Miller, Gavin MacIntosh, Zuleikha Robinson, Charlie Babbo, Spencer Moss, Rusty Schwimmer, Megan Renner Rieck, Theresa Tilly, Karen Woditsch, Michael Collins, Liz Cloud Plot Synopsis: A dark, dreamlike mystery plays out amidst the expansive farmlands of the American Midwest in this wondrous, storybook thriller. With her family's livelihood imperiled by the farm crisis of the 1980s, eleven-year-old Gitty (Peyton Kennedy) loses herself in a world of fantasy and make believe. But she stumbles into her own fairy tale when she makes a startling discovery: a well-dressed mystery man (Richard Schiff) being held captive in her family's silo. It's the beginning of a labyrinthine journey that will turn Gitty's world upside down and force her to question her loyalty to her own family. The feature debut from director Anne Hamilton unleashes a torrent of gorgeous, stunningly surreal images as it immerses viewers in a child's imagination.
Director: Yimou Zhang Written by: Thomas Tull, Max Brooks,Tony Gilroy, Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro Starring: Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Tian Jing, Numan Acar, Eddie Peng Plot Synopsis: Set in 15th century China, the story revolves around an elite force of soldiers who use the Great Wall to battle otherworldly creatures who are threatening mankind. The film reveals the mystery behind why the Great Wall was built, and the secrets that are kept under its stone structure. Matt Damon plays a battle-scared mercenary in search of treasure.
Director: Frank Lotito Written by: Gregory Scott Houghton, Anjul Nigam, Anjul Nigam, Paul Quinn Starring: Roni Akurati, Brighton Sharbino, Jason Lee, Anjul Nigam, Hilarie Burton, Poorna Jagannathan, Shoba Narayanan Plot Synopsis: When an Indian family moves to America in 1979 with the hope of living the American Dream, their 10-year-old-son, Smith, falls head-over-heels for the girl next door. With an American Dream of his own, Smith strives to become a ‘good ol' boy', propelling him and his family further away from their traditional ideals than ever before. Growing up Smith is a heartfelt coming-of-age comedy about an irrepressibly-like- able 10-year-old boy from India who may possibly lose it all - including the love of his life - when his obsession for living the American Dream unexpectedly takes a wrong turn.
Director: Michael Paul Stephenson Written by: Eric Hoffman, Bob Odenkirk, Philip Zlotorynski Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Amber Tamblyn, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Begley Jr., Stacy Keach, Rich Sommer, June Diane Raphael, Andy Richter, Stephanie Courtney, Toby Huss, Stephen Michael Quezada, Derek Waters, Echo Kellum Plot Synopsis: In the Netflix original film, Girlfriend's Day, director Michael Paul Stephenson (The American Scream) invites you to experience a clever and quirky story about love, loss and the worst place to get a paper cut. Meet Ray Wentworth (Bob Odenkirk), once a king of the wordsmith world, and now a down-on-his-luck romance card writer. In an effort to recapture the feelings that once made him the greatest, he gets entangled in a web of murder and deceit as writers vie to create the perfect card for a newly crowned holiday: Girlfriend's Day.
Director: Richie Keen Written by: Van Robichaux, Evan Susser, Max Greenfield Starring: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Kumail Nanjiani Plot Synopsis: On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.
Director: Peter Chelsom Written by: Allan Loeb, Peter Chelsom Starring: Peter Chelsom, Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino Plot Synopsis: In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.
Director: Jay Oliva
Written by: J.M. DeMatteis, Ernie Altbacker
Starring: Matt Ryan, Camilla Luddington, Jason O'Mara Plot Synopsis: Justice League Dark finds the world under attack from supernatural forces that prompts the Justice League’s Batman to seek aid from occult investigator John Constantine. Constantine forms a team of other supernatural superheroes - Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon - to help save the world.
Director: Chris McKay Written by: Seth Grahame-Smith Starring: Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Mariah Carey, Zach Galifianakis Plot Synopsis: In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Director: Ash Brannon Written by: Kurt Voelker, Ash Brannon Starring: Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon, Sam Elliott, Will Finn, Ash Brannon, Liza Richardson Plot Synopsis: When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.