Release Date: February 13
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Starring: Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons, Alden Ehrenreich
Sarah Katz: Bored with the stagnant life of his small South Carolina suburb, Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) is immediately drawn to the new girl in town, Lena (Alice Englert). Unfortunately for him, more divides them than mere teen awkwardness: Lena is a Caster, fated to be claimed for the Light or Dark on her sixteenth birthday. Can their romance survive the battle for her soul and power? || Based on the first in a series of five young adult novels, this film is clearly intended to give rise to the next Harry Potter and Twilight-like franchise. As the story could a topic of conversation for the next decade, it seems prudent to get in on the ground floor. Not to mention the film’s amazing cast and awesomely dramatic trailer.
A Good Day to Die Hard
Release Date: February 14
Director: John Moore
Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney
Release Date: February 19
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman
Luke Burnett: Original sci-fi is something that interests me no matter what as it is rare and sometimes rewarding. While I’m not a massive fan of Tom Cruise I also don’t feel the intense hatred and annoyance towards him that a lot of people do. This film seems to be a more mature mix between I Am Legend and Wall-E with Cruise being almost the sole star and one of the only people left on a future battle worn and desolate Earth.
21 and Over
Release Date: March 1
Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Starring: Justin Chon, Skylar Astin, Miles Teller
Kristal Bailey: Yes, it looks to be much of the same frat humor of The Hangover and Project X where it follows one crazy night of partying, but I’m in after the hilarious trailer. Plus, how often do we get an Asian American as the lead and not just the sidekick? Skylar Astin’s charming performance in Pitch Perfect, I’m excited to see him in more projects.
The Last Exorcism Part II
Release Date: March 1
Director: Chan-Wook Park
Starring: Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska
Luke Burnett: Chan-Wook Park has an almost faultless body of work behind him which makes Stoker, his American debut, an exciting prospect. Matthew Goode and Mia Wasikowska, similarly, have made some very good career choices. All of which leads me to believe that Stoker, a horror/thriller about a young girl who becomes infatuated with a sinister family member, will be a great addition to Park’s filmography.
Release Date: March 8
Director: Paul Weitz
Starring: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd
Donovan Warren: Based on a novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, Admission sees Tina Fey as Princeton admissions officer Portia, who might be putting her career on the line by pulling strings for Jeremiah (Naked Brothers Band leader Nat Wolff), who might be the child she gave up for adoption years ago. Paul Rudd, meanwhile, looks like he’s playing the love interest as Portia’s former classmate John.Admission could strike that delicate balance between comedy and drama despite being billed as a full-fledged comedy. More interestingly, though, Paul Weitz’s film might show us a more dramatic side of the hysterical Fey.
Oz: The Great and Powerful
Release Date: March 8
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis
Donovan Warren: Disney made massive bank with Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland in 2010, and the Mouse House hopes to cash in once again with Oz: The Great and Powerful, another fantasy spinoff set for release in March. But Disney seems to have been more careful putting together this project. No one in the cast carries the clout Johnny Depp does, but then again, who else does carry such clout? Against-type casting abounds in the merry old land of Oz – Serious Actor™ James Franco, comedy star Mila Kunis, and indie queen Michelle Williams, all in a Disney movie: let that sink in – and Raimi isn’t known for family-friendly releases either (his last film was Drag Me to Hell). But each of them have taken on unexpected roles in the past, so here’s hoping this all works toward a fantastical journey that’s more entertaining than Alice.
Lyndsey Miller: The Wizard of Oz has always been a childhood favorite of mine, so it would stand to reason that I am beyond excited for this film. Although I do get let down by “Oz” substitutes, like I seem to be the only person in the world that didn’t like the “Wicked” musical, “Oz: The Great and Powerful” has potential for a powerful trip down memory lane and back to the Emerald City.