Movies Coming February 2015

Jupiter Ascending

Release date: February 6, 2015
(3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Directors: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some violence, sequences of sci-fi action, some suggestive content and partial nudity)
Screenwriters: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Starring: Sean Bean, James D’Arcy, Tim Pigott-Smith, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Doona Bae, Tuppence Middleton
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
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Plot Summary: Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in “Jupiter Ascending,” an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski. Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, “Jupiter Ascending” is written and directed by the Wachowskis. Award-winning producer Grant Hill, with whom they have collaborated since “The Matrix” Trilogy, is producing, together with Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski. Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.

Seventh Son (in 3D)

Release date: February 6, 2015
(3D/2D theaters and IMAX)
Studio: Legendary Pictures, Universal Pictures
Director: Sergei Bodrov
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense fantasy violence and action throughout, frightening images and brief strong langu
Screenwriters: Charles Leavitt, Matt Greenberg, Aaron Guzikowski
Starring: Julianne Moore, Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou, Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Antje Traue, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
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Plot Summary: In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom. Based on the book “The Spook’s Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney.

SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water 

Release date: February 6, 2015
Studio: Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies
Director: Paul Tibbitt
MPAA Rating: N/A
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, Douglas Lawrence
Genre: Comedy, Animation
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Plot Summary: SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet. Based on the series “SpongeBob Squarepants,” created by Stephen Hillenburg.

The Voices 

Release date: February 6, 2015
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Marjane Satrapi
MPAA Rating: R (for bloody violence, and for language including sexual references)
Screenwriter: Michael R. Perry
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton, Jacki Weaver
Genre: Comedy, Horror
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Plot Summary: Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush (Gemma Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.

Love, Rosie 

Release date: February 6, 2015
Studio: The Film Arcade
Director: Christian Ditter
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriter: Juliette Towhidi
Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
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Plot Summary: Since the moment they met at age 5, Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends, facing the highs and lows of growing up side by side. A fleeting shared moment, one missed opportunity, and the decisions that follow send their lives in completely different directions. As each navigates the complexities of life, love, and everything in between, they always find their way back to each other – but is it just friendship, or something more? Based on Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling novel, LOVE, ROSIE is a heart-warming, modern comedy-of-errors posing the ultimate question: do we really only get one shot at true love?

Ballet 422 

Release date: February 6, 2015
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Jody Lee Lipes
MPAA Rating: PG (for brief language)
Starring: Justin Peck
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: From first rehearsal to world premiere, “Ballet 422” takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as Justin Peck, a young up-and-coming choreographer, crafts a new work. “Ballet 422” illuminates the process behind the creation of a single ballet within the ongoing cycle of work at one of the world’s great ballet companies. New York City Ballet, under the artistic direction of Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, boasts a roster of more than 90 elite dancers and a repertory of works by many of the greatest choreographers in the history of the art form. When 25-year-old NYCB dancer Justin Peck begins to emerge as a promising young choreographer, he is commissioned to create a new ballet for the Company’s 2013 Winter Season. With unprecedented access to an elite world, the film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create Paz de la Jolla, NYCB’s 422nd new ballet. “Ballet 422” is an unembellished vérité portrait of a process that has never before been documented at New York City Ballet in its entirety

Fifty Shades of Grey 

Release date: February 13, 2015
Studio: Focus Features
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
MPAA Rating: R (strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language)
Screenwriters: Mark Bomback, Kelly Marcel
Starring: Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Harden, Callum Keith Rennie, Jennifer Ehle, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (first published in 2011) follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” (2011) and “Fifty Shades Freed” (2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship

Kingsman: The Secret Service 

Release date: February 13, 2015
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Matthew Vaughn
MPAA Rating: R (for sequences of strong violence, language and some sexual content)
Screenwriters: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Taron Egerton
Genre: Thriller, Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class”), “Kingsman: The Secret Service” tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

The Last 5 Years 

Release date: February 13, 2015
Studio: RADiUS
Director: Richard LaGravenese
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sexual material, brief strong language and a drug image)
Screenwriter: Richard LaGravenese
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan
Genre: Drama, Musical
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Plot Summary: An adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed musical, “The Last 5 Years” is a musical chronicling a love affair and marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein (Jordan) is a young, talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt (Kendrick), a struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. All of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes

The Rewrite 

Release date: February 13, 2015
Studio: RLJE/Image Entertainment
Director: Marc Lawrence
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriter: Marc Lawrence
Starring: Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, Chris Elliot, Bella Heathcote
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: Once upon a time, Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant – “About a Boy,” “Love Actually”) was an Award-winning Hollywood screenwriter, but divorce and a string of unsuccessful films have left him with nothing but bad debts and blank pages. So when his agent arranges a job as guest screenwriting professor at a remote university in upstate New York, a desperate Keith can’t say no. Initially hoping to give minimal effort to actual teaching so he can focus on his next script, Keith unexpectedly finds himself becoming invested in his students lives, including Holly (Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”), a single mom looking to start her own new chapter. “The Rewrite” features an all-star cast, including J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), Allison Janney (“Mom”), Chris Elliott (“Groundhog Day”) and Bella Heathcote (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”).

Old Fashioned 

Release date: February 13, 2015
Studio: Skoche Films, Motion Picture Pro Studios
Director: Rik Swartzwelder
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriter: Rik Swartzwelder
Starring: Rik Swartzwelder, Elizabeth Ann Roberts
Genre: Drama, Romance
Duration: N/A
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Plot Summary: The romantic-drama “Old Fashioned” centers on Clay Walsh (Rik Swartzwelder), a former frat boy who gives up his carousing ways and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. When Amber Hewson (Elizabeth Ann Roberts), a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to him. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories, and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds, as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” courtship in contemporary America

What We Do in the Shadows

Release date: February 13, 2015
Studio: Unison Films, Paladin
Directors: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
Starring: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jackie van Beek, Jonny Brugh, Cori Gonzales-Macuer, Stu Rutherford
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: “What We Do in the Shadows” chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that’s filming them, the details of their daily-make that nightly-routine. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet. The film also stars Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie Van Beek, and was produced by Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley and Emanuel Michael.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Release date: February 20, 2015
Studio: Paramount Pictures, MGM
Director: Steve Pink
MPAA Rating: R (for crude sexual content and language throughout, graphic nudity, drug use and some violence)
Screenwriters: Steve Pink, Rob Corddry
Starring: Adam Scott, Chevy Chase, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Gillian Jacobs
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: A sequel to the 2010 comedy. Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke are in talks to reprise their roles in the sequel, but John Cusack is not involved at this point. The first film follows a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives: Adam (Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Corddry) is a party guy who can’t find the party; Nick’s (Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob (Duke) won’t leave his basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads’ pounding, in the year 1986. It’s their chance to kick some past and change their futures.


Release date: February 20, 2015
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Niki Caro
MPAA Rating: PG (for thematic material, some violence and language)
Screenwriters: Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois, Grant Thompson
Starring: Maria Bello, Kevin Costner, Martha Higareda, Chris Ellis, Carlos Pratts, Morgan Saylor, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez
Genre: Drama, Sports
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Plot Summary: Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent – the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream

All The Wilderness

Release date: February 20, 2015
Studio: Screen Media Films
Director: Michael Johnson
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriter: Michael Johnson
Starring: Virginia Madsen, Danny DeVito, Evan Ross, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Isabelle Fuhrman
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Plot Summary: A coming of age story with compelling heartfelt performances. James (Kodi-Smit-McPhee) has shut himself off from his surroundings, falling into a world of imagination and darkness. Visits with his psychiatrist (Danny Devito) have proven unhelpful – though he takes a liking to fellow patient, Val (Isabelle Fuhrman). As James begins to rebel against his single mother (Virginia Madsen), he ventures into the night where he meets a mysterious kid (Evan Ross) who welcomes him into an eccentric city. Relationships are put to the test as James navigates unfamiliar territory, wrestling with the reality of his own personal wilderness

Wild Tales

Release date: February 20, 2015
(NY, LA)
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Damián Szifrón
MPAA Rating: R (for violence, language and brief sexuality)
Screenwriter: Damián Szifrón
Starring: Ricardo Darín, Rita Cortese, Nancy Dupláa
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Comedy
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Plot Summary: A story about love deception, the return of the past, a tragedy, or even the violence contained in an everyday detail, appear themselves to push them towards the abyss, into the undeniable pleasure of losing control.


Release date: February 27, 2015
(2D theaters and IMAX)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
MPAA Rating: R (for language, some sexual content and brief violence)
Screenwriters: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Starring: Will Smith, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney, Margot Robbie
Genre: Romance
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Plot Summary: Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame–now an accomplished femme fatale–shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop… and the consummate con man off his game.

The Lazarus Effect

Release date: February 27, 2015
Studio: Relativity
Director: David Gelb
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of horror violence, terror and some sexual references)
Screenwriters: Luke Dawson, Jeremy Slater
Starring: Sarah Bolger, Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Donald Glover
Genre: Horror
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Plot Summary: From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions – producer of “The Purge,” “Insidious” and “Sinister” franchise – “The Lazarus Effect” follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde,) who’ve achieved the unimaginable- bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned, trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated. Frank, Zoe and their team (Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger and Evan Peters) take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Frank pushes them to do the unthinkable: attempt to resurrect their first human test subject. Initially, the procedure appears a success, but the team soon realizes something is wrong with Zoe. As her strange new persona reveals itself, the team quickly becomes stuck in a gruesome reality. They are no longer faced with the question of whether they can bring someone back to life- but rather, the wrath of her return


Maps to the Stars (Limited)
Release date: February 27, 2015
Studio: Focus World
Director: David Cronenberg
MPAA Rating: R (for strong disturbing violence and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug materia
Screenwriter: Bruce Wagner
Starring: John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, Mia Wasikowska, Evan Bird
Genre: Thriller
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Plot Summary: Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13. Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town – mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption – and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she’s determined to find it, no matter what it takes


Release date: February 27, 2015
Studio: eOne Films
Director: Nick Powell
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriter: James Dormer
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Hayden Chistensen, Yifei Liu
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: When the heir of the Imperial throne becomes the target of an assassination by his despised older brother, the young prince must flee the kingdom and seek protection. His only hope for survival is a reluctant war-weary crusader named Jacob, who must overcome his own personal demons and rally the assistance of a mythical outlaw known as The White Ghost. Together they must fight side by side in an epic battle to return the prince to his rightful place on the throne.

Out of the Dark

Release date: February 27, 2015
Studio: Vertical Entertainment
Director: Lluis Quilez
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Alex Pastor, David Pastor, Javier Gullón
Starring: Scott Speedman, Julia Stiles, Stephen Rea
Genre: Horror
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Plot Summary: Starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, “Out of the Dark” is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret.

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