After a surprisingly strong January movie-going season (with at least one box office record broken), February has a tough act to follow. Luckily, there is a seemingly endless wave of films for audiences to look forward to, and February is historically a stronger movie-going month overall.
Of course, the main focal point of the month is Valentine’s Day weekend, which could be huge given that the actual Holiday falls on a Friday. V-Day is ground zero for the month, where romance goes head-to-head with action, but there are still a handful of movies releasing throughout the month that might be worth checking out.
Here are the 6 Movies We’re Looking Forward to in February 2014.
When it was first announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) were taking on LEGOs for their next animated feature, many were already on board. Then, when the first trailer arrived and we got to see just how true to the (literal) source material the film would be, this one skyrocketed to the top of our most anticipated for 2014 list.
The most successful animated films are those that can strike a nice balance between kid-friendly subject matter and smart writing, and even though Lord and Miller have already shown they can succeed in that endeavor, The Lego Movie could be further proof that this is a rare comedic duo bursting with talent. With tons of characters, a great voice cast, and an amazing art style, The Lego Movie looks to be the clear frontrunner for February’s biggest film.
Watch the trailer for The Lego Movie.
Whether it’s a star-studded drama or a big-budget action flick, a delay into the early months of a following year can never be a good sign. With that in mind, we are decidedly reserved about the potential of The Monuments Men, but hopeful that director George Clooney can once again deliver an entertaining film based on a true story.
Clooney certainly has an amazing cast built around him and an intriguing story to tell, but it’s hard to avoid questions as to why the film slipped to February. Similarly, the change in tone between last year’s trailers and this year’s trailers has us wondering what type of movie The Monuments Men actually is. Consider us cautiously optimistic on this one.
The Robocop reboot has had an uphill battle almost from the word go. After early images leaked from the film’s set, many questioned whether or not director Jose Padilha was headed in the right direction, especially with regard to Robocop’s suit. Then, when the first trailer debuted, those questions became even more magnified.
Yet, Robocop is still a beloved property that, if done well, can be as exciting as it is thought-provoking. In fact, this reboot appears to broach topics that resonate with today’s culture. Ultimately, Robocop‘s success comes down to its execution, both in terms of its story and its direction. As of right now, however, the quality of both those elements are in serious doubt for many fans. Still, we’re too curious to pass this one up.
Watch the trailer for Robocop.
At the very least, 3 Days to Kill has the makings of what could be an entertaining action film. The story follows an aging Secret Service agent (played by Kevin Costner) who is knocking on death’s door before a final assignment offers him a cure upon completion.
With Kevin Costner as its star, McG as its director, and Luc Besson as writer, the film boasts impressive talent both in front of and behind the camera. At the same time, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Costner as a hero, aside from the brief hors d’oeuvre that was Jack Ryan. The concept is a little derivative and all three of the aforementioned names have had their fair share of duds, but we’re willing to give the film the benefit of the doubt. The only question is whether Costner still has a fanbase.
Watch the trailer for 3 Days to Kill.
A movie about the eruption of Vesuvius and subsequent destruction of Pompeii certainly has potential, but only in the right hands. Whether the right hands are those of Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson is yet to be seen, and his resume leaves a lot to be desired. That said, Anderson has shown some flashes of brilliance when it comes to 3D visuals and he’s never one to shy away from spectacle, which could make Pompeii worth checking out.
Not to mention, the film features the first starring role for Kit Harington (a.k.a. Jon Snow from Game of Thrones) as a slave turned soldier hell-bent on rescuing his love before Pompeii turns to ash. At the very least, perhaps Pompeii can succeed where The Legend of Hercules failed: by delivering a “so bad it’s good” epic.
Watch the trailer for Pompeii.
It seems like every February Liam Neeson makes an appearance in a movie that’s just a few “steps” away from Taken. In this case, that film is Non-Stop, which features the gruff Irishman as an air marshal who is trying to stop a killer on a plane. But of course, the killer is only part of a larger conspiracy, one that Neeson’s character is at the center of.
There’s no denying Liam Neeson is one of the hardest working actors in show business; in fact, he will have already starred in, or lent his voice to, three films by the end of February. That being said, Neeson’s appeal as an action star in non-Taken films has been hit or miss. Considering this film features a somewhat intriguing concept and Taken producer Luc Besson is pulling the strings, we’re liable to say this one could be enjoyable.
Watch the trailer for Non-Stop.
Although these are the 6 February releases we are most looking forward to, there are a few other movies that might be worth keeping an eye on. There’s the teen-focused Vampire flick Vampire Academy, the angels vs. demons romance Winter’s Tale, and the found footage time travel movie Welcome to Yesterday. But if you’re looking for something to watch on Valentine’s Day, there’s About Last Night for the more mature crowd and Endless Love for the younger crowd.
Ultimately, though, we’d be surprised if any of these films will touch The LEGO Movie, which looks poised to make a killing at the box office, at least until Valentine’s Day. On the flip side, we’re curious to see how Robocop performs, specifically whether or not casual moviegoers will be receptive to the reboot.
What do you think? Which February releases are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.
Once again, here are the 6 movies we’re looking forward to this month:
- February 7th: The Lego Movie, The Monuments Men
- February 14th: Robocop
- February 21st: 3 Days to Kill, Pompeii
- February 28th: Non-Stop
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