What’s Coming From The Movie Review Dude?
Because I’m so great with keeping my own promised deadlines I’ve pushed back my review of The Theory Of Everything until early February. Stayed tuned for that one because I think it’s going to be good.
After that I’ve got a stacked deck of films to see; Jupiter Ascending, Big Eyes, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and The Gambler, and all of them on the 5th. I’m not going to promise reviews for all of them because I clearly have commitment issues there but since they’re the only films I’m intending to view over the coming month I’m hoping I can fit them all in.
Finally, I’m aiming at announcing the nominees for the 1st Ever Annual Movie Dude Awards at the end of the month. All categories will hopefully be vying for the highly coveted (by me and no one else) Dude or Dudette Award (depending on who wins) sometime in early march.
What’s Coming To A Theatre Near You?
There’s a little something for everyone coming this month. To kick things off we’ve got Channing Tatum in elf ears protecting intergalactic royalty in Mila Kunis from the evil clutches of Eddie Redmayne in the visually impressive Jupiter Ascending on the 6th. Also starring is Sean Bean, at least up until he dies…
We’ve also got two differently-styled animated flicks going head-to-head on the 6th; the stop-motion Shaun The Sheep Movie and the incredibly stupid-looking SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water. I’m being a bit unfair on the latter, it’s actually received warm reviews from critics, for some reason.
On the 13th, at the other end of the spectrum, we’ve got the long-awaited trashy novel adaptation Fifty Shades Of Grey, while Colin Firth will attempt to channel his inner Liam Neeson when he stars in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Then there are two comedies on the 20th. The first is the incredibly awful-looking The Duff, which is going head-to-head with the most unlikely concept to earn a sequel in Hot Tub Time Machine 2. I won’t hold it against anybody if they don’t go to see them. On the same date is Kevin Costner, who’s trying something completely new with the American sports drama McFarland, USA.
Rounding out the month you’d think we’d learn our lesson, but no. Human experimentation goes wrong, again, this time for Evan Peters, Olivia Wilde & Donald Glover in The Lazarus Effect. But Will Smith and Margot Robbie will attempt to con you into missing that to see them in Focus. Both on February 27th.
… Anything Else?
We are right in the thick of awards season now. There are ten ceremonies coming in the next month, with some celebrating the best their own country has to offer, others celebrating the world’s best, and one in particular celebrating the worst of the worst.
The French film industry will start things off with the 20th Lumieres Awards from the Espace Pierre Cardin on the 2nd. The French then come around again on the 20th with the 40th Cesar Awards from the Theatre du Chatalet. Saint Laurent leads all comers with fifteen nominations over the two shows.
Other countries celebrating their industries include Spain’s 29th Goya Awards from Centro de Convenciones y Congresos Principe Felipe in Madrid, which will be presenting Antonio Banderas with an honorary Goya, while Two Days, One Night is hoping to capitalise on nine nominations at the 5th Magritte Awards from The Square in Brussels. Both these ceremonies will be on February 7th, but in case that wasn’t enough there’s the 68th British Academy Film Awards on the 8th. Stephen Frey will be hosting while The Grand Budapest Hotel has an impressive eleven nominations.
Then there’s the African-American Film Critics Association taking place on the 4th, the 19th Satellite Awards take place on the 15th, and for those who like their indie film-makers the 30th Independent Spirit Awards are on the 21st. But at the end of the month there’s the granddaddy of them all. On February 22nd get ready as the academy to end all academies celebrates the best the world has to offer at the 87th Academy Awards. Host Neil Patrick Harris will be coming to you live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, while Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel would be hoping their nine nominations apiece will help etch their names in history.
But just in case you’re not a fan of these lavish ceremonies what better way to express that than with the 35th Golden Raspberry Awards. The Razzies, celebrating the biggest and baddest of cinema blunders, will take place on February 21st from the Montalban Theatre in L.A, with the year’s billion-dollar hit, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, leading the way with seven nominations, including Worst Picture, Worst Screen Combo for any of the cast that share screen-time, and Worst Director.
That’s it for now. Expect my review of The Theory Of Everything some time soon, I do apologise for the delay, but to fill in time I’ll be padding out the month with my usual trailer reviews and a review of the month of January. Enjoy!