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February Movie Preview: RoboCop, Lego Movie, Pompeii & More

Hello guys and girls, thanks for staying up to date with Reel News & Reviews.  It’s hard to believe tomorrow is the first day of February, after a pretty swift start to the year.  More importantly, this means we’re officially home-free of the barren movie month of January.
Granted, Jan. 2014 was decent at the box office, setting a few records and producing some decent films; but now, it’s time to bring on the rest of the much-anticipated 2014 year in film.  February looks to have a fair amount of releases, which seems to bring a solid selection to audiences.  What I’m going to do is run through the list of films set for release in February, tell you briefly about each, and give my opinion as to whether I’m going to Take It or Leave It.

Let’s start with Feb. 7th, and move through the month until Feb. 28th

February 7th


The Lego Movie
Director: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Rated: PG
Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson

The Lego Movie is a 3D animated feature, which tells the story of an ordinary Lego minifigure (Chris Pratt) who is thought to be one of the most powerful Master Builder “The Special”, and is summoned by a group of distinguished Master Builders to take on a quest to stop the evil Mister Business (Will Ferrell) from his evil plot to glue to universe together.

Verdict: Take It.
This is an easy purchase for me.  I have been ecstatic about this movie from the moment I saw the first trailer.  It had me laughing, grinning and wanting more the entire time.  The directing duo of Lord & Miller are perfect for the comedic aspect of this film, after making both  21 and 22 Jump Street.  I also love Chris Pratt, who is going to have a breakout year in 2014.  Not to mention the rest of this all-star cast, including supporting voice work from Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman, Colbie Smulders and Will Forte.  Still not sold? Well, I don’t know what to tell ya. 


The Monuments Men
Director: George Clooney
Rated: PG-13
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett

The Monuments Men takes place during WWII, when an unlikely platoon is sent into Nazi Germany to recover art masterpieces, which would end up be destroyed, and return it to their rightful owners.

Verdict: Take It.
The cast, the story, everything about this movie shouts “interesting”.  We have John Goodman and Bill Murray in a more serious period piece, as well as the pairing of Damon and Clooney who previously worked together on the Ocean’s trilogy.  This was originally intended for a December 2013 release, but was pushed back so it wouldn’t be overshadowed by all of the films with Oscar buzz.  A smart move financially, it should bring in a fair amount of money.  However, I’ve recently read that critics have butchered the film so far.  So I’m at a loss.  I’m simply waiting to see for myself.

FotoFlexer_PhotovampireVampire Academy
Director: Mark Waters
Rated: PG-13
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne

Vampire Academy tells the story of Rose Hathaway, a Dhampir (half human/vampire), who protect the Moroi (peaceful vampires who live amongst humans) from the Strigoi; evil, blood-thirsty vampires.  She also attends a university while doing so.

Verdict: Leave It.
All I can and want to say is that I’m sick of the whole teenager/vampire combo in film.  It’s like Hollywood hasn’t gotten the message that the Twilight films were awful.  But, like a lot of movie efforts, distributors try to find a similar story they think can reach audiences, like Twilight fans, for a quick cash-grab.  With the director of Mean Girls, it could end up being decent, but count me out of this one.


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