February 2017 is over with, but it left us with some incredible movies to enjoy. Though it was still February and made sure we had plenty of reminders of that too.
The Lego Batman Movie
Genre: Animated, Comedy, Action
Director: Chris McKay
Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Zach Galifinakis, Ralph Fiennes
IMDb:7.7 of 26,000+
Budget: 80 Million
Box Office: Domestic: 133.2 Million/ Worldwide 226.2 Million
Lego Batman is back and this time in a full-length feature film. He is everything you wanted and more from Batman. (Well, in a Batman spoof comedy.) This film is hilarious and brings us a much beloved version of The Joker. Add in plenty of laughs and quality animation. You have yourself the first major animated hit of the year which people of all ages can enjoy.
I loved this movie and discussed it in my review here.
I love the people who work with JumpcutUK. I may not always agree with their ratings, but they always give me reasons to respect them. This movie however we agree on. It is awesome!
Finally, Jeremy Jahns has been kind enough to let me use his reviews and this is one of my favorites of this young year. Check it out!
John Wick: Chapter Two
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: Chad Stahelski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Common, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose
Box Office: Domestic 74.7 Million/ Worldwide 125.8
Once again, John Wick is back in a continuation of his post retirement life whether he wants it or not. If you saw the first one, then you know who and what John Wick is and why he is so valuable to an assortment of people. This is very much the same fast-paced action film we loved in the original. It may lack some of the heart of the first film, but definitely an above average action romp.
Reel Dude Reviews wrote up an insightful review about the film. Check it out in the link below.
Aristotle Full Throttle is a staple in my Leftovers now. He is funny and informative. Someone who always brings his high-energy and insight with him. Please check out his John Wick: Chapter Two review.
My review wasn’t nearly as kind as most. I picked apart a few things, but I still enjoyed the film overall.
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Director: Jordan Peele
IMDb: 8.2 of 7,000+
Budget: 4.5 Million
Box Office: 33.3 Million
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut and I’m shocked that it is getting such great reception. I thought the trailers looked terrible. That this was going to be another poor attempt at horror and I honestly felt bad for Jordan Peele. (When I said terrible, I meant unwatchable.) However, I’m pleased to announced that the film has been given high marks. It is a horror movie which dissects racism in various forms. I can always respect a film which takes social commentary and effectively instills it within an artistic medium.
Matter of Taste
A United Kingdom (2016)
Genre: Biography, History, Romance
IMDb: 6.7 of 1,600+ ratings
Based on the true story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana who married a white English woman named Ruth Williams. A move which shattered and inspired the people of two nations and the world at large. This movie has some great performances in it from the likes of David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, but the subject matter doesn’t stir up enough emotion or interest for the general public. I think finding this film on a streaming site may prove to be a worthwhile experience. Watching it in theaters, not the biggest need.
I Am Not Your Negro
IMDb: 6.8 of 2,000+
Thankfully, the hatred could not stop this film from shining. If you like a poignant documentary about modern racism.
A Cure For Wellness
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
IMDb: 6.6 of 6,000+
Gore Verbinski’s latest movie is once again not the finest film you could see this month. However, there are several fine performances throughout and an overall creepy tone. It is effective enough, but simply could not ground out enough momentum box office with movies like Fifty Shades, John Wick: Chapter Two, and Lego Batman coming out in the same month.
A Girl With All the Gifts
Genre: Drama, Horror Thriller
IMDb: 6.7 of 17,000+
Zombie apocalypse film about a scientist/teacher and a teacher go on a journey to try and save the remaining humanity of the world.
Just Cutting It
The Space Between Us
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
This film has an interesting idea about a young man from Mars finding “love” on Earth, but it gets lost in that cheesy young adult romance.
The Great Wall
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The action is enough to bring this above awful. It isn’t Damon’s finest movie, but I’m sure it will lead to better things. (Sometimes you do a favor to get a favor.)
A young girl must make an important decision which would drastically alter her decision. The premise is interesting, the execution of it is less so.
Fifty Shades Darker- Better than the original? My guest reviewer seems to think so. If you love the franchise. You’ll probably love this. If you don’t or go for the movie quality. Don’t.
Rings– This movie sucks. Like I said before. Watch the original and let this franchise END!
Youth in Oregon– Heard next to nothing about it and seems with good reason. A hard pass on this one.
War on Everyone– I have heard some good things about it. It may be funny, but not so sure it is good.
Collide (2016)- Despite having a great cast, this movie isn’t as good as it could be. By far.
Fist Fight- Sure enough, this movie was sparse on the laughs. There are worse films, but certainly not worth your money.
Rock Dog– Animated film wasn’t great and that is a shame. Not going to be like 2016 for animated films and this is showing us it early.