After a lot of questions. Will Deadpool be another Ryan Reynolds flop? Can a superhero film do well in February? Is there anything else worth watching coming out? It turns out that February 2016 turned out pretty well. There were some horrendous flops along the way (looking at you Gods of Egypt), but also a couple of awesome films and a lot of average movies worthy of a viewing at some later date. Let’s take a look at the month that was February 2016.
Many if not all are still in theaters, so if you are interested in watching them. Check out this post first and then go enjoy the movies.
Leftovers of February 2016
IMDb:8.5 of 214,000+
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein
Budget: 58 Million
Box-Office: Domestic- 287.5 Million
Worldwide- 616.4 Million
Deadpool came out and it was everything I could of possibly asked for in a Deadpool movie. Fox allowed this film to be dirty, violent, and twisted as can be. Given that it has made a crazy amount of movie already (616 million worldwide), expect this to be the first or several (So good, some mindless copies). The movie was the first great 2016 release and it will surely have an impact on the future of comic book films. (Fox already added two more marvel based films coming out in the next few years. )
Here’s my review.
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Eddie the Eagle (Fox)
Genre: Biographical, Drama, Sport, Comedy
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Taron Egerton
IMDb: 7.7 of 1,468
Not many people saw this film. (About a tenacious British “athlete” trying to represent his country in the Winter Olympics. Not really the most appealing film in the USA.) However, this movie has received a lot of positive feedback. It is entertaining and filled with heartwarming moments. (Perhaps too many in fact.) The film has Hugh Jackman, that alone should create some interest. Personally, I’m going to watch this when it comes out on Blu-ray or streaming. If you love your winter sports and need an uplifting movie, then this is your movie to watch this weekend (or weekday).
Jeremy Jahns was kind enough to let me post this here. Check out his thoughts on this movie
Matter of Taste (Generally well liked. Maybe not great, but above average.)
Hail, Caesar (Universal)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Budget: 22 Million
Box-office- Domestic 28.4 million Worldwide: 40.1 million
Certainly not for everyone, but if you appreciate how movies were made in the “Golden Years” of film, then you will find some pleasure in it. The dry humor, the talented cast, and some great jokes in it throughout.
IMDb: 6.8 of 15,538
Here’s my review of Hail, Caesar
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Genre: Crime, Thriller
IMDb: 6.7 of 2,028 ratings
This is the antiquated good cop, bad cop crime thriller which happens to feature an incredibly talented cast (STAR-STUDDED!) The story may be a bit played out, but reports are that this movie is quite entertaining. If you like a well-acted crime based film, go and see Triple 9 sometime this month and enjoy.
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Genre:Action, Adventure, Drama, Christian
IMDb: 7.0 of 1734 ratings
In the past, I’ve talked about Christian based films in a negative light. Not that I dislike the themes, but the way the movies have been created. They have serious flaws as movies like poor acting and awful writing. Risen is one of those Christian themed movies that gets a lot right. They present an interesting story about the days after the supposed resurrection of Christ. This film is well made, gets good performances out of Tom Felton and Joseph Fiennes. If you are intrigued by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, this film may be one for you. If you aren’t interested, just don’t watch the movie.
The Witch (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
This is an indie-horror film and that is important to mention because the average horror fan may not appreciate it as much as someone who enjoys horror with a more artistic style. If you are someone who can appreciate the aesthetics of a film, then you have found a horror movie for you.
My guest reviewer did a fine job with this review below.
Genre: Biographical, Drama, Sport
Starring: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis
IMDb: 6.9 of 1,203
The acting of Stephan James and Jason Sudeikis save this film from being what has been referred to as “made for television” feel. Jesse Owens is an American hero and he should be remembered for what he did in these Olympic games. If you are interested in Jesse Owens and that period of time in sports history, then you will appreciate this film. If you aren’t huge on biopics (I’m often not), then pass on this one for now. Wait to watch it out of theaters.
On the Fence (For the right audience, they MIGHT be okay)
Genre: Drama, Romance
If you are a big time romantic film viewer. Then you can watch this and not hate life itself. Not the worst film, but I sure hope there will be better romance pictures this year.
How to Be Single
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Rebel Wilson,
Box-Office: Domestic: 39.8 million Worldwide 74.6 million
It’s simple, if you want an above-average, but still kind of cliched romantic comedy. Check out How to be Single. Rebel Wilson is in it, if you like her style, she will be well worth the admission.
Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies (Flop)
IMDb: 6.4 of 5,663 ratings
This film was more true to Jane Austen’s original novel than many would have liked. There are certainly moments of zombie joy, but followed by long periods of boredom. Again, if you love Jane Austen and zombies, you will enjoy this film. If you don’t care for Austen’s style or the original book, pass on this one.
Zoolander 2– There was potential, but it failed to happen. If you love the original film, you may get some mild satisfaction out of this film, but I highly suggest not paying money for it.
If you insist on watching it, at least read a review first. Like this one from Reel Red Reviews which I found incredibly fair.
Gods of Egypt (EPIC FLOP)- This film actually had a 140 million dollar budget. What in the world did they spend it on? Some of the visuals are nice (for 140 million “some” doesn’t cut it). The film is completely whitewashed and should be washed from your memory if you’ve actually spent money on it.
Dad’s Army- Never heard of it you say? Probably a good reason for that.