Petey Preview #2

Petey Preview #2

Petey Oneto, Website editor-in-chief

After a couple of months of Thor, Katniss, and Bilbo, the holiday season is here bringing with it quite a few big films. The early months of the year are unfortunately Hollywood’s dumping ground for their “unconfident films” (they don’t believe they will do that well in the box office). Still, there are a few films that have been pushed to this point in the year in order to get more box office cash (so there is a chance we will actually get some quality). Here are some movies you might want to keep your eye on.

Christmas Day Openers

If you’re sick of being around your family, then go see any of the films opening Christmas Day. There’s action drama 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves, Justin Bieber documentary Believe, sports comedy Grudge Match starring Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone, Ben Stiller comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Martin Scorsese’s Oscar contender The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio (which got moved from its original November 15 release). There are plenty of options if you need to unwind (expect huge crowds though).

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – January 3

Since we didn’t get a Paranormal Activity film this past October, next year we get two. Paranormal Activity 5 opens October 24, but a spinoff titled Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones opens January 3. During a party, a woman dies beneath the apartment where the party takes place. A few partygoers head down there with a camera and discover lots of black magic related items. One of the guys who saw the apartment finds a mark on his arm the next morning, and supernatural beings begin to pursue him.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – January 17

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character hasn’t appeared in any film since 2002’s The Sum of All Fears with Ben Affleck as the title character. Now Chris Pine takes the reigns, with Thor director Kenneth Branagh behind the camera for an original story (not based on one of Tom Clancy’s novels which doesn’t really make it a Jack Ryan movie but that’s beside the point). Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has Jack Ryan uncovering a Russian terrorist attack that will crash the U.S. economy.

The Monuments Men – February 7

After being pushed from its December 18 release due to the lack of completed special effects, the George Clooney directed The Monuments Men stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville as soldiers who have to go into Germany at the end of World War II in order to rescue artwork that was stolen by the Nazis.

RoboCop – February 12

Yes, a remake of the 1987 sci-fi action flick, RoboCop, is in production and will be released on February 12. With a mostly impressive cast of Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel, and Samuel L. Jackson, RoboCop follows Ryan Murphy, a cop, husband, and father, who is critically injured and given a robot body to become the first part-man part-robot police officer.

If none of these films appeal to you, be sure to check out the last Petey Preview on for some movies that might still be playing in theaters.