BreakingModern — If you’re thinking of catching a flick this Valentine’s Day, you might be wondering just what is available at the multiplex — and what might be worth the ticket price. See below for a roundup of films currently in theaters, including those that are opening Valentine’s Day weekend.
For outstanding visuals and delicious, if nonsensical, science fiction:
Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi. Rated PG-13. 127 minutes. Starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne.
The latest release from directors Andy and Lana Wachowski, Jupiter Ascending follows Jupiter Jones (Kunis) as she discovers there’s far more to this universe than the life she or her protector, Caine (Tatum), know. Watch Caine as he skates around on sweet gravity boots and catches Jupiter when she falls off of things. It’s a fun romp with breathtaking visuals, and it’s more in line with The Matrix sequels perhaps than the original.
Or for turn your brain off guilty pleasure fantasy:
Action/Adventure/Fantasy. Rated PG-13. 102 minutes. Starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore and Djimon Hounsou.
Master Gregory (Bridges) is a renowned witch hunter seeking to defeat the malevolent Mother Malkin (Moore). He recruits a new apprentice, Tom (Barnes), and with only one week to teach him the tools of his trade, Master Gregory must seek out the witch and defeat the rise of dark magic in the land. A fun, if bland, adventure film, Seventh Son has some sweeping visuals and a few great CGI moments.
For James Bond meets Austin Powers:
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Action/Adventure/Comedy. Rated R. 129 minutes. Starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine.
Based on The Secret Service, a six-issue comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, a spy organization recruits a street kid into their super competitive training program, just as they must face a global threat from a twisted tech genius, Valentine (Jackson). Keep an eye out for the Bremont Kingsman watches on the recruits and agents — they were designed especially for the film.
For teen time traveling fun:
Sci-Fi/Thriller. Rated PG-13. 106 minutes. Starring Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista and Virginia Gardner.
A group of teens find the blueprints for a time machine, and they build one in the basement. Traveling back in time is full of excitement and more than a little risky as they find the ripple effects of their actions can have lasting consequences.
If you’re preparing for the Academy Awards:
Comedy/Drama. Rated R. 119 minutes. Starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts and Andrea Riseborough.
A has-been movie superhero attempts to recover his career — and himself — by staging a Broadway play. If you want to catch a different film that’s also up for Best Picture at the Academy Awards later this month, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything are also playing in wide release.
If you’re looking for thrills:
Thriller. Rated R. 108 minutes. Starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet and Isabel Lucas.
Five married guys share a secret penthouse loft in the city where they can carry out illicit affairs and indulge their fantasies. When an unknown woman’s body is discovered in the loft, they realize that one of them must be involved in her death.
For something a little darker:
50 Shades of Grey
Drama/Romance. Rated R. 125 minutes. Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and Luke Grimes.
Anastasia Steele (Johnson) meets and falls in love with the tormented billionaire Christian Grey (Dornan). As she slowly learns more about his complex tastes, she discovers that despite his vast successes, Grey is consumed with the desire to control everything. The film is based on the best-selling fan fiction novel of the same name written by E.L. James. Word on the street is they’re planning to make the second and third films in the series so it looks like 50 Shades is here to stay.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend the LEGO version of the trailer. You may want to be a little cautious where you watch it, though — even with the LEGO characters, the trailer is rather steamy.
For BMod, I’m Becket Morgan.
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