MoviefiedNYC Opening this Weekend: February 21

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Traditionally January has been a dumping ground for poor quality films. Now there are some valid reasons for this. The weather, releasing a two hundred million dollar blockbuster in month possibly filled with blizzards and bad weather is not the most fiscally wise. Distributors want to release their films when people can actually get to the theater. Another reason is timing, if the blockbuster or period drama, is ready to go in January it might get pushed into an earlier December release for an award qualifying run or delayed until spring in order to better capture the attention of award voters. Sadly the other winter months aren’t much better in terms of quality. Although we begin to see some little improvements in regards to the quality of films being released in February, the percentage of good movies fairly remains low. So, whether you choose to check out that indie you heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.

– Myrna E. Duarte

February 21
Following in Liam Neeson’s (Taken) career footsteps, we have Kevin Costner (Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves) continuing a bit of a comeback after Man of Steel and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit3 Days to Kill is directed by McG (This Means War, Terminator SalvationCharlie’s Angels) and written by Luc Besson (TakenThe Transporter) and Adi Hasak (From Paris with Love). Costner is a dangerous international spy, determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter. But first, he must complete one last mission (cue over the top dramatic music), which requires hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist while having to look after his teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) for the first time in ten years. Sound familiar?
It’s Gladiator meets Dante’s Peak in Pompeii, the newest film from Resident Evil franchise director Paul W.S. Anderson. Anything else you need to know? 

Barefoot is a very quirky romantic comedy starring Evan Rachel Wood and Scott Speedman. As is pretty much the usual, it’s about two people at odds who eventually fall in love after being brought together. The cast includes J.K. Simmons, Treat Williams and Kate Burton. This doesn’t look that bad, but doesn’t look that good either. Barefoot is directed by Andrew Fleming (The Craft, Nancy Drew, Hamlet 2) from a screenplay written by newcomer Stephen Zotnowski.
Legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) final animated film, will be called Kaze Tachinu or The Wind Rises. It’s an adaptation of Miyazaki’s most recent color comic as well as a novel by Tatsuo Hori, about the man who designed the Zero Fighter airplane which was used in World War II. At the very least, the visuals alone are reason enough to get excited for this movie. Good luck at the Oscars! 
Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with accomplices and childhood friends. Director Hany Abu-Assad show us that Omar’s feelings quickly become as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. But it’s soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia.

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me MoviefiedNYC Tribeca 2013 Most Anticipated

At 87, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains indisputably in the spotlight. In the revealing and poignant Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both’s present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges. Do not miss this!

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