I really like this week for new movies, especially after the last few. We get two new romantic comedies today, Valentine’s Day, and three new movies on Friday. That is five premieres for the movie going public this weekend to choose from. I already went and saw Music and Lyrics today and will choose between Breach, Ghost Rider and Bridge to Terabithia on Friday. Which one looks good to you?
New Movies Opening on Valentine’s Day, February 14th:
Movie: Music and Lyrics (PG-13)
Starring: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore and Brad Garrett
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Synopsis: Hugh Grant plays Alex Fletcher, a former â€˜80s pop star who now spends his time playing small venues at theme parks and class reunions. The big pop star of the now is Cora Corman and she wants him to write her a new song about her recent breakup and finding love again. He hasn’t written anything in a decade and that was just the music as his former band mate was the lyricist. Alex comes across Sophie, played by Drew Barrymore, his substitute plant lady. He thinks she could be just what he is looking for in a song-writing partner even though she doesn’t think so. Comedy and romance ensues.
First Thoughts: Since I have already seen it, I would say that it is pretty good. It made me laugh and I really liked the play on the pop music culture of the then and the now.
Movie: Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls (PG-13)
Starring: Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba and Louis Gossett Jr.
Genre: Romantic Comedy Drama
Synopsis: When a single father loses his kids to his terrible ex-wife who deals drugs, he does whatever he can to get them back. Monty meets Julia while working as a chauffer. She is a beautiful but tough attorney. He gets her to help him try and get his kids back. While doing so a romance starts to bloom. They are from two different worlds. Will they be able to mesh them together and get his kids back in the process?
First Thoughts: This one looks good as well, although with a lot more drama thrown in than Music and Lyrics has.
New Movies Releasing on Friday, February 16th:
Movie: Breach (PG-13)
Starring: Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe and Laura Linney
Genre: Action Suspense Thriller
Synopsis: Based on the true story of convicted spy Robert Hanssen, played by Chris Cooper, who was found to have sold secrets to the Soviet Union. Ryan Phillippe is Eric O’Neill and is an expert in surveillance at the FBI who dreams of one day becoming a full fledged agent. He gets promoted and then assigned to work with the legendary Hanssen and finds out it is his job to help catch Hanssen in the act of selling classified information.
First Thoughts: This is one of those cat and mouse type movies. In this case since it is based on a true story, the outcome is already known. The fun comes in watching how it comes to be, the journey. In this case it has a stellar cast and looks to be very well done.
Movie: Bridge to Terabithia (PG)
Starring: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb and Zooey Deschanel
Genre: Family Adventure Fantasy
Synopsis: The young Jesse becomes friends with Leslie, the class loner and his life is changed when they create their own imaginary world. They call it Terabithia and every kind of magical creature you can dream up lives there. When trouble arises in the real world, Jesse and Leslie hideaway in their fantasy place and rule the land as king and queen. Based on the award-winning novel of the same name.
First Thoughts: Looks like a great time for those with youngsters in tow.
Movie: Ghost Rider (PG-13)
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Peter Fonda and Sam Elliott
Genre: Action Sci Fi Thriller
Synopsis: Young Johnny Blaze is a stunt cyclist who sells his soul to Mephistopheles to save the life of his dying father, which causes him to part ways with the beautiful Roxanne Simpson, his one true love. Johnny comes in contact with Roxanne again, now a reporter. Mephistopheles offers to give Johnny back his soul if he will become Ghost Rider and defeat his son, Blackheart. Johnny takes the deal. Based on the Marvel comic book character.
First Thoughts: It sounds kind of cheesy when you read the synopsis but I am willing to give most comic books into movies a shot. Hoping for another Spider-Man or Batman Begins. We shall see.
Ghost Rider will probably be the big movie of the weekend even. What do you think the movie going audience will be looking for this weekend? Leave your picks in the comments. Come back tomorrow and find out which movie gets the nod on Friday and a review of Music and Lyrics.