2015 February Movies

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

  • Rating: R

Based upon the acclaimed comic book by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

The 2014 British movie was directed by Matthew Vaughn and co-written by Jane Goldman, and follows the journey of Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (Taron Egerton) from being a juvenile delinquent to being a secret agent called a Kingsman.

Eggsy is the son of a former secret agent named Lee Unwin, who sacrificed himself in a mission to save his fellow agents. One of the survivors, Harry Hart (Colin Firth) also known as Galahad, felt responsible for Lee’s death and tells his widow Michelle (Samantha Womack) to call him should she and her son ever need help.

Years later, the 17-year old Eggsy gets arrested and decides to call on Hart, also known as Galahad. Galahad, seeing the potential in the young Unwin, tells him about the secret organization his father was once a part of and recruits him.

Eggsy proves to be a naturally skilled spy but his journey to finally accepting what he is meant to do is not easy. The main villain of the movie is Valentine (Samuel Jackson) a mad entrepreneur who wants to turn humans against each other so all except a handpicked few survive.

Hart dies in an encounter with Valentine and Eggsy discovers that not all Kingsman should be trusted. With the help of a senior Kingsman, Merlin (Mark Strong) and fellow trainee Roxy (Sophie Cookson), Eggsy stops Valentine from completing his plan.

The comic series which was originally known as The Secret Service was eventually rebranded to Kingsman: The Secret Service, just like the movie. The secret service organization in the comic was originally referred to as M16 but publications that came after the film also followed the Kingsman reference.

A movie sequel titled Kingsman: The Golden Circle, still directed by Vaughn, is due to be released in theaters on September 22, 2017.

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Drama, Romance

Based on the book by E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey follows naive literature student Anastasia Steele (Johnson), whose life changes upon meeting the complicated and tormented billionaire Christian Grey (Dorman). Drawn to each other, the two start a romantic relationship where Steele uncovers Grey’s secrets and explores her own personal desires.

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

  • Rating: PG-13

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) is a lowly janitor who discovers that it is her destiny to rule over Earth as its Queen. When word of her existence gets out, Jupiter is targeted for assassination by Earth’s current regime. Two warriors, Caine (Tatum) and Stinger (Bean), have been tasked with protecting Jupiter and helping her claim Earth’s throne.

Seventh Son (2015)

  • Rating: PG-13

Based on the fan-favorite fantasy series, The Wardstone Chronicles, Seventh Son follows the story of Mastery Gregory (Jeff Bridges), a powerful Spook tasked with ridding the world of supernatural creatures. When an especially dangerous witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) reappears and rallies her dedicated followers, including the beastly Radu (Djimon Hounsou), it falls to Gregory and untrained seventh son of a seventh son Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight the growing evil.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy

No decade is safe in this hilarious time-traveling adventure. After Lou (Corddry) is shot by an unknown assailant, Jacob (Duke) and Nick (Robinson) fire up the Hot Tub Time Machine again in an effort to save their friend.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

The pirate Burger-Beard (Banderas) discovers the final page of a magical book that makes an evil plan he writes come true, and it just happens to be the Krabby Patty recipe. In order to save their world, SpongeBob, Patrick, and their friends need to go on a quest to the surface of the Earth to find the recipe and fight off the villainous pirates.

Focus (2015)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama

Veteran con man Nicky Spurgeon (Smith) gets romantically involved with an attractive young woman named Jess (Robbie) and teaches her the tricks of his trade. Nicky breaks the relationship off when Jess gets too close, and years later the two are reunited on opposite sides of the same scam.

The Lazarus Effect (2015)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Thriller

A team of medical professionals led by Zoe (Wilde) discovers a way to bring dead organisms back to life via a serum called “Lazarus” and conduct several successful tests on animals. When Zoe is killed in a lab accident, her colleagues use Lazarus to resurrect her, only for Zoe to exhibit unusual behavior, causing the group to believe they have opened the door to unspeakable evil.

McFarland, USA (2015)

  • Rating: PG

Inspired by the true story of cross country coach Jim White (Costner), who takes a team of athletes in a small California town and transforms them into championship contenders.