Even if it feels like there’s nothing else in theaters besides Fifty Shades of Gray (ouch!), there’s plenty of good movies this week. You just have to leap over the massive marketing campaign of the above to find them. Here’s a little help:
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE – IMDB: 8.2
Director : Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Taron Egerton
From the director of Kick-Ass, here’s another Comic-Con creature, which will serve as a valid escape to Valentine’s Day.
A spy organization 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.
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR – IMDB: 7.3
Director : J.C. Chandor
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac
J.C. Chandor surprized us already in All Is Lost, directing Robert Redford in an almost silent solo movie. Now he place this drama in ’81 New York City, where an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history. Oscar Isaac has the best ’70-’80ies face in years.
BIG HERO 6 – IMDB: 8
Director : Don Hall, Chris Williams
Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit
A Revenge of the Nerds dressed for Disney. The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
THE VOICES – IMDB: 6.6
Director : Marjane Satrapi
Cast: Ryan Raynolds, Anna Kendrick
The Iranian director Marjane Satrapi made us falling in love with Persepolis and then give a big “meh” with Poulet au Prunes. Let’s see how she behave with this dark comedy about a likeable guy pursuing his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets.
NATIONAL GALLERY – IMDB: 7.5
Director : Frederick Wiseman
London is not so out of reach, but in case you’re getting real lazy this weekend, this wonderful documentary will show you the secrets of one of the great museums of the world: The National Gallery.
GLUCKAUF – IMDB: 7.7
Director: Remy Van Heugten
Cast: Johan Leysen, Vincent van der Valk, Ali Ben Horsting
Language: Dutch with English Subtitles (only at EYE)
Screened recently at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, it depicts he suffocating love between a father and a son who, as modern outlaws, struggle to survive in the depleted and neglected southern Dutch province of Limburg.
Director : Willy Lindver
Too bad this documentary has not been distributed with English subtitles, because it would have been really interesting to know more about the rebellious years of Provo movement back in the ’60, in Amsterdam. It’s part of the city history and it well deserves a peak.
And….of course there’s 50 Shades of Gray, but there’s already a lot of marketing bullshit around it, so you know that already.