What is this, Summer blockbuster season? There’s enough laughs, thrills and edge-of-your-seat action to fill an entire season’s worth of movies this month! We’ve got your animated comedies, your Roman war epics, supernatural suspense thrillers and even a new Big Momma film! Well, they can’t all be winners… but we’ve got the breakdown on the important ones right here for you, as always.
Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson
Directed By: Alister Grierson
Opening: Feb. 4
The 3D action-thriller Sanctum, from executive producer James Cameron, follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea.
Master diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) has explored the South Pacific’s Esa-ala Caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank’s team–including 17-year-old son Josh (Rhys Wakefield) and financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd)–are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever?
CraveOnline’s Call: The idea of spending two hours watching people struggle not to die deep in an underwater cave maze would be wholly unappealing if it weren’t for executive producer James Cameron at the visionary wheel. With the next Avatar film taking us into the oceans of Pandora, it’s hard not to be fascinated with the underwater spectacle he’s put together in preparation for the massive endeavor.
Starring: Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet, Matt Lanter, Billy Zane
Directed By: Christian E. Christainsen
Opening: Feb. 1
College student Sara finds her safety jeopardized after she’s assigned to a dorm room with a new roommate, Rebecca.
CraveOnline’s Call: This movie was a compelling and pretty disturbing watch, back when it was called Single White Female. Except this time, it’s a totally forgettable pop culture patchwork that finally answers the question: what the hell happened to Billy Zane?
Frankie & Alice
Starring: Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgard, Phylicia Rashad
Directed By: Geoffrey Sax
Opening: Feb. 4
Frankie & Alice is a moving psychological drama based on the harrowing true story of Frankie Murdoch (Berry), a woman suffering with multiple personality disorder in early 1970s Los Angeles.
CraveOnline’s Call: Halle Berry has shown her formidable acting chops time and time again, particularly with Monster’s Ball, and we’ve no doubt in her ability to shine as a troubled schizophrenic. Do we smell Oscar contention?
Starring: Ed Helms, Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat
Directed By: Miguel Arteta
Opening: Feb. 11
After the death of his professional mentor, a small-town, shy, naive Wisconsin insurance agent must represent his company at a regional insurance convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his mind is blown by the big city experience.
CraveOnline’s Call: Andy from "The Office" takes another shot at the big screen, and it appears that his character in the film isn’t too far off from what we see on Thursday nights on NBC. That’s a good thing, and we’re looking forward to the laughs this fish-out-of-water comedy is sure to bring.
Gnomeo and Juliet
Starring: Emioly Blunt, James McAvoy, Michael Caine
Directed By: Kelly Asbury
Opening: Feb. 1
The greatest love story ever told, starring…garden gnomes? In the upcoming “Gnomeo & Juliet,” Shakespeare’s revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover. Directed by Kelly Asbury (“Shrek 2”) and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness?
Two garden gnomes, Gnomeo (voice of James McAvoy) and Juliet (voice of Emily Blunt), try to avoid tragedy and find a happy ending to their star-crossed love affair when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors.
CraveOnline’s Call: It’s an oddball of a concept, but it looks well-made, and these days a little animated hilarity goes a long way. Besides, the star power behind it speaks for itself. Let the little siblings tag along for extra points with the GF!
Just Go With It
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Adam Sandler
Directed By: Dennis Dugan
Opening: Feb. 11
A plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant’s kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend in Hawaii that will change all their lives.
CraveOnline’s Call: Adam Sandler’s weakening box office pull will be put to the test with this rom com, though the idea of Jennifer Aniston being a hard catch is a difficult sell at this point, given the endless tabloid-story cycle about her singlehood.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland
Directed By: Kevin Madonald
Opening: Feb. 11
In 140 AD, two men – master and slave – venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism…The Roman epic adventure THE EAGLE stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell and is directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald. 20 years earlier, Rome’s 5,000-strong Ninth Legion, under the command of Flavius Aquila, marched north carrying their treasured golden Eagle emblem. They never returned; Legion and Eagle simply vanished into the mists.
Hearing a rumor that the Eagle has been seen in a tribal temple in the far north, Flavius’ son Marcus (Tatum), determined to restore the tarnished reputation of his father, is galvanized into action. Accompanied only by his slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out into the vast and dangerous highlands of Scotland – to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father’s memory, and retrieve the hallowed Eagle. Along the way Marcus realizes that the mystery of his father’s disappearance may well be linked to the secret of his own slave’s identity and loyalty – a secret all the more pressing when the two come face-to-face with the warriors of the fearsome Seal Prince (Tahar Rahim).
CraveOnline’s Call: It’s time to get that nasty Clash of the Titans remake taste out of our mouths with a new Roman epic that’s looking like the most action-packed film of the month. Eat a rare steak for dinner, grab your shield and head down to this tale of the golden Eagle emblem.
Starring: Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger
Directed By: Jaume Collet-Serra
Opening: Feb. 18
Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.
CraveOnline’s Call: Is this the sequel to Taken? Not really, though the same intense justice-seeking atmosphere is portrayed throughout. Neeson rarely disappoints, and with a supporting cast makes this psychologically thriller one not to be missed.
Vanishing on 7th Street
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo
Directed By: Brad Anderson
Opening: Feb. 18
When a massive power outage plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, a disparate group of individuals (Christensen, Leguizamo, Newton) find themselves alone. The entire city’s population has vanished into thin air, leaving behind heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. Soon the daylight begins to disappear completely, and as the survivors gather in an abandoned tavern, they realize the darkness is out to get them, and only their rapidly diminishing light sources can keep them safe.
CraveOnline’s Call: What seems like a mix of Stephen King and M. Night Shyamalan might actually be a great supernatural suspense flick, though we’re still wondering if Christensen will ever be able to shake his initial impression as the wooden Anakin Skywalker from the recent Star Wars trilogy.
Big Momma’s Like Father, Like Son
Starring: Brandon T. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Jessica Lucas
Directed By: John Whitesell
Opening: Feb. 18
FBI agent Malcolm Turner and his 17-year-old nephew, Trent, go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Posing as Big Momma and Charmaine, they must find the murderer before he finds them.
CraveOnline’s Call: There’s a general rule to apply when it comes to comedy films: if the movie poster features GIANT RED FONT in its title, the movie’s going to be an absolute abomination. See Daddy Day Care, Sleeping Dogs Lie, Don’t Mess With Zohan, Disaster Movie and Norbit for supporting evidence. We don’t need to hit you over the head with the ridiculous cost of movie ticket prices to convince you this flick’s a bad idea… but that doesn’t mean we won’t.
Starring: Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Jason Sudeikis, Alyssa Milano
Directed By: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Opening: Feb. 25
Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) are best friends who have a lot in common, including the fact that they have each been married for many years. But when the two men begin to show signs of restlessness at home, their wives (Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate) take a bold approach to revitalizing their individual marriages: granting them a hall pass, one week of freedom to do whatever they want…no questions asked. At first, it sounds like a dream come true for Rick and Fred. But it isn’t long before they discover that their expectations of the single life-and themselves-are completely, and hilariously, out of sync with reality.
CraveOnline’s Call: We’re not sure whether this was greenlit first or last year’s Dax Shapard vehicle The Freebie, but the premise is identical. Unfortunately for ol’ Dax, this one’s done better, and with far bigger stars. But be warned: you’ve had fidelity issues in your relationship, this is not the date movie for you.