"In the longrun we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving."-Sheldon Kopp, author, psychologist.
If you love movies more than you love Valentine's Day then you've chosen an acceptable week to attend the theater. Opening this Friday, February 13th:
Kingsman: The Secret Service reveals an ultra-secret spy organization who recruits an unrefined street thug to train for a super high powered program fighting global threats and sinister masterminds. The film has been denounced by some critics as a gratuitous violent graphic novel come to life featuring the ultimate Bond-esque British gentleman, Colin Firth. The film was directed by Matthew Vaugh (X-Men, KickAss, Layer Cake) and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton and Mark "Luke Skywalker" Hamill. But if fast-paced thrill-a-minute,smash, smack slap, jab, jaws to the floor action and suspense is too much, how about a saucy S&M love story slightly less rough and tumble?
Fifty Shades of Grey opens on Saturday, February 14th. Based on the 2011 best-selling E.L James novel, the movie introduces newcomers Dakota Johnson and Jaime Dornan. The screenplay was written by talented British writer, Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks, Terra Nova) and directed by Sam-Taylor-Johnson. Many critics have railed against the lack of female pleasure visible on screen and seem to believe the movie is oriented more towards the thrill of male dominance. Unfortunately, many women who were intrigued by the eroticism of the book may be disillusioned with the performances. So if you're planning on seeing the movie for a first date be prepared to squirm uncomfortably in your seat like a Catholic nun at a Magic Mike review or take mental notes for some spicy experimental recreation later. However, "disappointed" is not the sexiest "safe" word.
If you truly want to play it safe wait a week and see the inspiring Disney family film, Mc Farland USA which premieres on Friday, February 20th. Directed by Niki Caro, the film portrays Kevin Costner as a cross country coach for a small California town. Based on a true story, a passionately persistent teacher transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders. (Trailer featured above.)
Also in theaters soon.
The Last Five Years with Anna Kendrick,
What We Do in the Shadows -February 13th
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 -starring Adam Scott, Thomas Lennon
Focus with Will Smith
Maps to the Stars with Juliann Moore, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack
Everly starring Salma Hayek
The Lazarus Effect