By Jack Rico
We are close to the end of February and most of the films up until now have been mediocre – except Deadpool – at best. We can begin to detect a pulse this week with films such as Triple 9 and the Crouching Tiger sequel. Things will definitely start ramping up in March, post Oscars. In the meantime, there are 7 films being released this week that offer a dose of fun, laughs and high interest much like King Georges, a doc about the end of an iconic restaurant.
What I am looking forward to is Triple 9, a gritty cop film much in the mold of Gavin O’Connor’s Pride and Glory or Joe Carnahan’s NARC. Great cast and an absorbing premise. I am skeptical about Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. The Ang Lee original was such a cinematic masterpiece that the idea of a sequel made me vomit in my throat. Yet, here it is and it will be premiering none other than on Netflix. This means that Netflix subscribers, 62 million strong, will be streaming the debut of a major film in the comfort of their own home, for free. The future is here folks. Gods of Egypt looks like a ‘300’ wannabe with more VFX than the eye can handle and I won’t even touch Eddie The Eagle. From these 7 movies, I’m sure you’ll find something of interest and I’m glad we can be the site that helps you be aware of them.
INDIE & LIMITED RELEASES
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (PG-13, Action/Adventure)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Cast: Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum, Jr., Jason Scott Lee, Eugenia Yuan, Juju Chan
Synopsis: A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption.
King Georges (1hr 20m, Documentary)
Director: Erika Frankel
Cast: Georges Perrier, Nicholas Elmi, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert, Ed Rendell
Synopsis: Documentary about Philadelphia restaurateur Georges Perrier and the closing of his iconic restaurant, Le Bec-Fin.
The Last Man on the Moon (1hr 35m, Documentary)
Director: Mark Craig
Cast: Eugene Cernan, Alan Bean, Charles Duke, Richard Gordon
Synopsis: When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.
Tere Bin Laden Dead or Alive (1hr 44m, Comedy)
Directors: Abhishek Sharma
Cast: Manish Paul, Pradhuman Singh, Sikander Kher, Ali Zafar
Synopsis: “Tere Bin Laden – Dead or Alive” is the second installment of the critically acclaimed film Tere Bin Laden (2010), a brilliant comical satire on the post 9/11 world.
Gods of Egypt (PG-13, 1hr 40m, Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
Director: Alex Proyas
Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush, Chadwick Boseman
Synopsis: In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek, undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love.
Triple 9 (R, 1hr 55m, Suspense/Thriller)
Director: John Hillcoat
Cast: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul
Synopsis: A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.
Eddie The Eagle (PG-13, 105m, Comedy)
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Cast: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Jo Hartley
Synopsis: The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.