Let’s go February!

February’s arrived with soggy, snow-trodden grounds, mounds of mud, and the start of school exams, papers, and projects. Not exactly the happiest start to the shortest month of the year.

But, luckily, February also sees the release of many (hopefully) great movies.

Let’s start with today, Friday the 5th. We have Dear John and From Paris with Love.

Dear John stars Channing Tatum (Fighting, She’s the Man) and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!). It’s the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks book Dear John, and it’s about a soldier on leave (then deployed)and an idealistic college girl falling in love over a period of two weeks.

From Paris with Love stars John Travolta, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Vanity Fair). It’s an action adventure movie about two agents (one new to the job, and one a little bit crazy – I don’t think you need me to clarify which actor is playing which) stopping a terrorist attack and getting in over their heads.

The following week, February 12th, will see the release of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Wolfman, and Valentine’s Day.

Percy Jackson will be a movie for all ages. It’s about a young boy who discovers he’s the son of Poseidon, and that the Greek gods actually exist. Now he’s on a mission to figure out who he is and how to control himself as he hunts down the thief who stole Zeus’s lightning.

The Wolfman stars Hugo Weaving and Anthony Hopkins. I feel explaining the plot of this one, other than a man is bitten and becomes a werewolf, would ruin it the whole of the movie. It’s a complicated movie, delving deeply into the myth of werewolves and the dark, twisted past of the man turned into one. It’ll be a surprising movie, is all I can say.

Valentine’s Day has a whole cast of well-known actors and actresses. And, in my opinion, is Love, Actually set in America and on Valentine’s Day. We’ll see where it goes.

On February 19th, we’ll see Shutter Island released. This movie has Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, and Ben Kingsley. And it’s directed by Martin Scorsese. It looks intensely scary and psychologically thrilling. It’s about two U.S. Marshals summoned to a remote hospital/prison for the criminally criminally insane people. They’re there to investigate the disappearance of a murderess, but there’s a lot more at play than just that.

There’s a big twist in this one, people. So, see it first or avoid the internet.

February 26th is Cop Out and The Crazies.

Cop Out stars Seann William Scott and Bruce Willis. It’s when “two longtime NYPD partners on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card find themselves up against a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster.” An action-comedy no doubt.

The Crazies is about “residents in a small Kansas town who are beset by a virus that causes insanity and death after a mysterious toxin contaminates the local water supply.” Really, just another generic “scary movie” like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes.

So, February’s gotten off to a rough start with weather and school, but, hopefully, its entertainment will pick it up.

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