Movies in Theaters This Friday, February 13, 2015: Fifty Shades of Grey, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and More
Valentine’s Day is generally a pretty crowded affair when it comes to new movies. However, this year doesn’t have the quantity compared to past years. However, the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation may be the reason why. With such an anticipated release, it’s not unusual for other movies to be scared away.
This explains why movies like The DUFF and Focus waited a week or two when they seem like prime Valentine’s Day releases.
With that being said, there is one brave competitor – Matthew Vaughn’s (X-Men: First Class) Kingsman: The Secret Service. The Colin Firth-starring comedy-action film should make for an exciting race for the box office crown. Ultimately, I think Fifty Shades will win out but we’ll have to wait to see for sure.
In limited release, there are a couple worth noting. For one, The Rewrite (starring Hugh Grant and J.K. Simmons) releases. It’s about a washed-up screenwriter and is also categorized as a rom-com.
As is The Last Five Years starring Anna Kendrick. The musical already premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and could be worth checking out if you can find it near you. It’s directed by Richard LaGrevenese (The Fisher King).
And quickly, the rest of the limited releases are Da Sweet Blood of Jesus – the Spike Lee Kickstarter-funded project – Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Girlhouse, Hits, Roy, Somewhere Only We Know, What We Do in the Shadows, and Wyrmwood.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
When Anastasia Steele, a literature student, goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey, as a favor to her roommate Kate Kavanagh, she encounters a beautiful, brilliant and intimidating man. The innocent and naive Ana started to realize she wants him, despite his enigmatic reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him. Not able to resist Ana’s beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her too, but in his own terms. Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey – despite of the embellishments of success, his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family – Grey is consumed by the need to control everything.
BASED UPON THE ACCLAIMED COMIC BOOK AND DIRECTED BY MATTHEW VAUGHN (KICK ASS, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS), KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE TELLS A 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.
Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status.
In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request.
A HALLOWEEN-style slasher for the digital age, it follows a beautiful young college student who, needing money for tuition, moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan hacks in to determine the house’s location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life.
HITS is a dark comedy exploring the nature of fame in 21st Century YouTube America. The film takes place in a small town in upstate New York populated by people who trade in unrealistic expectations. Its a story in which fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them.
The Last 5 Years by Tony award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein is a young, talented up and coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a Shiksa Goddess struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; 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.
An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there.
A love triangle revolving around the lives of a filmmaker, a thief and their mutual love interest.
Somewhere Only We Know is a romantic dramedy from well known Chinese actress-director Xu Jinglei revolving around a women at a crossroads in her life; when her fiancé leaves her and her grandmother passes away, she decides to escape to Eastern Europe where romance flourishes for her…
Housemates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are three vampires who are trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and doing housework to trying to get invited into nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else – except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood. When their 8000 year-old roommate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must guide him through his newfound eternal life. In return, they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern society, fashion, technology, and the internet. But it’s the introduction of Nick’s human friend, Stu, that really changes the vampires’ lives and attitudes towards the world around them. When Stu’s life is threatened, the vampires discover that humans are worth fighting for, and that even though a heart may be cold and dead, it can still have feelings.
A no-holds-barred, retina blistering aussie post-apocalyptic zombie film.
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