Opening in February

It’s no secret that January and February tend to have the worst selection of opening movies of the year. Although, January 2011 did surprise us with The Grey. Let’s hope this February brings us some unexpected gems! 

February 1
Bullet to the Head (Walter Hill) – Stallone’s response to The Last Stand, let’s see if it fares better at the box office.

Warm Bodies (Jonathan Levine) – Possibly the second RomZomCom ever.

February 8
Identity Thief (Seth Gordon) – February never seems to be a good month for comedies and this Melissa McCarthy vehicle apparently only capitalizes on her crassness.

Top Gun 3D (Tony Scott) – An IMAX-only rerelease, on screens for only six days.

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (Roman Coppola) – Charlie Sheen continues his grand tradition of playing characters named after himself.  Limited release, but already available on VOD and iTunes

February 14
Beautiful Creatures (Richard LaGravenese) – Another supernatural romance for teen girls.

A Good Day to Die Hard (John Moore) – What’s more romantic than John McClane?

Murder 3 (Vishesh Bhatt) – The third in a popular Bollywood horror series.

Safe Haven (Lasse Hallström) – Nicholas Sparks’ romance novel adapted for the big screen.  A date alternative to Die Hard.

February 22
Dark Skies (Scott Stewart) – Seemingly formulaic horror movie about a family who contacts aliens or moves into a haunted house or sleeps on an Indian burial ground.  Looks like it’ll hit all the horror tropes.

Snitch (Ric Roman Waugh) – Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson in his first action feature of the year, though definitely not the last with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, Fast Six and Empire State all coming out within a few months.  The year of the Rock?  Hopefully!

63rd Berlin Film Festival 7 – 17 February 2013
A few Sundance darlings, a few internationals and some films with some hype already will be screened both in and out of competition.  Of interesting note is the Nicolas Cage-led animated film, The Croods, will be making its debut here.  I’m not sure if that’s a compliment to the film or a bad mark against the festival.  Other films to look for will be Hang Sang-soo’s Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, and Danis Tanović’s An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker.  Both directors have won numerous awards for their previous work. 

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