Another month gone by, so you know that means it is time for another one of my "Monthly Movie Roundups"! If you are unaware of the the content of this series it is quite simple: This is a roundup of all the new releases I saw in theaters from the past month. So now we've got that out of the way and you know what you're in for lets dive right in!
Released: February 16 2018
Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o
Plot: After his father's death, T'Challa must not only take on the mantle as King of Wakanda, but that of superhero Black Panther.
Opinion: After the amazing reviews being heaped upon this film by pretty much everyone, I went into it with high expectations. Sadly though I ended up walking away disappointed. Now that is not to say that Black Panther is a bad movie. I personally found it to be just "okay". I found the villain infinitely more interesting and compelling then that of the main characters, and the "CG" effects are, at times, noticeably bad which should not ever happen in a film of this budget. To be fair it is an entertaining film and a nice addition to the "MCU" and I love the diversity that it brings to movies as a whole, but it just didn't break any new ground for me.
Released: February 23 2018
Director: Alex Garland
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson
Plot: After her husband is injured in a some sort of paranormal anomaly, a biologist joins a team of five other women to venture into the unknown to find answers.
Opinion: Yet another movie I went into with high hopes after hearing about the great reviews being thrown it's way. I even had the same experience I did with "Black Panther", finding myself walking out disappointed.....at first. You see the film stuck with me in the way that "BP" never did. I found myself thinking about it many days afterwards and I have to say it has kind of grown on me. I still have problems with it: there are some asinine decisions made by characters that should, and do, know better, none of the characters are particularly likable or relatable, and the film is honestly an utterly emotionally draining and depressing experience. Though if you do give it a chance, you'll get one of the better existential horror films to be released in some time.
Released: February 23 2018
Director(s): John Francis Daley, Johnathan Goldstein
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler
Plot: A group of friends, who meet for weekly game nights, get drawn into and actual crime caper, after mistakenly believing it is all part of an elaborate game set up by one of them.
Opinion: I absolutely loved this movie. It is hands down the best R Rated comedy I have seen in quite some time, with a great premise, fantastic acting, and some of the best cinematography I have seen in a comedy film EVER. I particularly love that it doesn't have the "loose-goosey everything is improvised and held together by the barest thread of plot" feeling that seems to have permeated the genre in recent years. Easily my favorite new release I saw in February and I hope you get a chance to see it.
Well that concludes my "Roundup" of the new releases I saw this past February. Did you see anything I didn't? Differing opinion then me? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below, and as always thank you for reading and I'll see you next time!