GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Fergus Riordan,
Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Johnny Whitworth
The Plot: Johnny Blaze returns to team up with a rebel group of monks in attempt to save a young boy from the devil’s grip.
The Final Word: While Nicholas Cage’s choice of films have seemingly become a running joke in Hollywood, the truth is that Cage is still getting heavily compensated for these roles and thus having the real last laugh. The sequel to the 2007 pseudo-hit debuts in the exact same timeframe as the original and will probably do the same amount of business, but that may only be because of a slight bump in profits courtesy of 3D up-charges. Nobody is really excepting this one to set the box office on fire.
THIS MEANS WAR
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy,
Chelsea Handler, Til Schweiger & Abigail Spencer
The Plot: Two of the CIA’s best operatives and longtime friends face off when they both fall for the same woman.
The Final Word: Resse Witherspoon has long history of playing “that girl” in many studios’ romantic comedies and after taking some time off to go the serious route, she’s slowly been returning to the field that launched her career. With a mix of eye candy and action sequences “War,” on paper, may literally the perfect Valentine’s Day movie.
THE SPIRIT OF ARRIETTY
Starring (voices): Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett,
Will Arnett, David Henrie & Moises Arias
The Plot: The daughter of a small group of little people living in the floorboards of a large house befriends the young son of the family who just moved in; despite warnings that if discovered the results could be disastrous.
The Final Word: Sound a little like “The Borrowers?” That’s because it basically is! Based on the acclaimed book series by Mary Norton, this new Disney animated film comes from the Academy Award winning team behind “Spirited Away,” and boasts a somewhat impressive voice cast including Carol Burnett. Audiences looking for a kid friendly animated flick during the President’s Day weekend should have no problem settling in for this one.