Saturday, January 28, 2012

New In Theaters - February 3, 2012

Starring: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell,
Dermot Mulroney, Tim Blake Nelson & Ted Danson
Directed by Ken Kwapis for distribution by Universal

The Plot: A small town reporter and a his Greenpeace volunteer ex-girlfriend are thrust together when they become a part of a nationally covered mission to save a family of grey whales trapped under ice in the Arctic circle.

The Final Word: Based on actual events “Big Miracle” looks to be in a strong position to succeed at the box office given its family friendly plot and strong cast, which should act as a nice buffer for people looking to escape Super Bowl madness. Although it will only have a one week window before “Journey 2” and “Star Wars: Episode I: 3D” swoop into theaters looking to capitalize on the President’s Day weekend.

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan,
Alex Russell & Michael Kelly
Directed by Joshua Trank for distribution by 20th Century Fox

The Plot: Three teens begin to develop superpowers, but realize their newfound abilities may also lead them down a dark path as their lives begin to spiral out of control.

The Final Word: By now you’ve probably seen the clever trailers for the film, which really doesn’t portray it as your usual run of the mill movie. While it’s not a “found-footage” situation, it looks to be very close to that ballpark. With that said, it also won’t be the only horror film out this week as CBS Films will release “The Woman In Black.” Still you have to question the release date for both films as the target audience is going to be focused on the big game, not the big new Cineplex openings.

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Liz White, Janet McTeer,
Alisa Khazanova,Tim McMullan & Roger Allam,
Directed by James Watkins for distribution by CBS Films

The Plot: A lawyer is sent to a remote location to sort out the final will of a recently deceased client, only to find himself haunted by a mysterious woman in black, whose presence has even the locals spooked.

 The Final Word:  CBS Films doesn’t have the most amazing box office track record, which is surprisingly given the company’s strategy of producing low-cost movies with notable talent attached. Here, the company has Daniel Radcliffe in his first on-screen post “Harry Potter” role, but despite the actor’s strong appeal, “Black’s” release date is a question mark, given that its being placed in the same period as this year’s Super Bowl. Traditionally, films in that window don’t do particularly well.

Previewed next week: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Safe House, Star Wars: Episode I 3D, The Vow