Movies in January and February 2015

January and February are supposed to be the "quiet" time for movies, but some surprisingly good cinema has debuted during these underrated months for film (The Silence of the Lambs immediately comes to mind).  Here's the list of motion pictures scheduled to be released in the weeks ahead (all dates subject to change.)  Will any of them be a breakout hit?


The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (January 2) -- Although Daniel Radcliffe doesn't star in this sequel, it still seems to capture some of the atmospheric chills of the original.

Taken 3 (January 9) -- How can you go wrong with another adventure of Liam Neeson as ex-government operative Bryan Mills and his particular set of skills?

Blackhat (January 16) -- Chris Hemsworth proves he doesn't need Thor's Asgardian hammer to kick a$$.

Mortdecai (January 23) --Johnny Depp plays another wacky character, this time an art dealer searching for a stolen painting that might lead him to lost gold.

Project Almanac (January 30) -- A group of teens build a time machine.  What can go wrong?


Black Sea -- Jude Law stars as a submarine captain hired to find another submarine rumored to be loaded with gold.

The Boy Next Door -- Jennifer Lopez plays a divorced woman who falls in love with a young man who moves to the neighborhood, only to discover he has a dark secret.

Escobar: Paradise Lost -- Josh Hutcherson is a surfer who falls in love with a woman in Columbia whose uncle happens to be the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, played by Benicio Del Toro.

Paddington -- The popular children's book is adapted into a live-action feature.

[REC] 4: Apocalypse -- The horror series about a demonic virus continues for a fourth chapter.

Still Alice -- Julianne Moore is generating a lot of positive buzz for her portrayal of a linguistics professor who starts forgetting words.

The Wedding Ringer -- In this comedy, a young groom tries to impress his in-laws by hiring a "professional best man."


Jupiter Ascending (February 6) -- This long-awaiting science fiction epic by the Wachowski siblings finally hits theaters.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (February 13) -- Colin Firth is a veteran secret agent in this comic book adaptation.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (February 20) -- I enjoyed the original, so I'm looking forward to this continuation, even if John Cusack isn't in it.

Focus (February 27) -- Will Smith plays a con man who falls in love.


Fifty Shades of Grey -- The erotic bestseller is brought to life on the big screen.

Jane Got a Gun -- This Western has two great leads: Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor.

Maps to the Stars -- Director David Cronenberg delivers a drama starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and others.

McFarland USA -- Kevin Costner plays a cross country coach.

Seventh Son -- Julianne Moore is on a roll, co-starring in this fantasy adventure.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water -- The cartoon icon hits the movies in 3D animations.

What We Do in the Shadows -- A comedy about vampires -- enough said.

OTHER TITLES IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2015 (Some in limited release)

Ballet 422

Beloved Sisters

Coming Home

It's All So Quiet

Lambert and Stamp

The Last Five Years

The Lazarus Effect


Little Boy


A Most Violent Year

Red Army

The Search for General Tso

Spare Parts

Wild Tales

See you at the movies!