Written by Parveen Maghera
January calls for an exciting film-a-thon with 11 new movies being released this month, some of which have already been released :
The Devil Inside
Stars: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman and Evan Helmuth
A horror genre film, The Devil Inside screams of exorcism, as Isabella goes through a series of illegal exorcism to help her possessed mother recover but later discovers about her very own mother murdering three others during her own exorcism.
(The Devil Inside is top on the Box Office with a weekend gross of $34.5 million and $34.5 million to date, to tepid critical response. )
Beneath the Darkness
Stars: Dennis Quaid
Beneath the Darkness unfolds the mystery behind a mortician, Ely Vaughn, as a group of high-school goers expose the secret behind Vaughn’s roommate: a woman’s corpse.
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi and Mark Wahlberg
Contraband depicts a thriller-action sequence of events when a former smuggler Chris Farrady makes his way to Panama to pay off his brother-in-law’s debt to a drug lord by investing in counterfeit bills.
(Box Office updates on Contraband hitting first place with $8.7 million on Friday.)
Beauty and the Beast 3D
Stars: Paige O’Hara and Robby Benson
This animated 1991 re-release takes audience back into the olden days as the studious book-loving inventor’s daughter, Belle, and the handsome man turned ugly monster, Beast, returns to the big screen with amazingly performed chords and set pieces like the “Busby Berkeley-style dancing-kitchenware spectacular, ”Be Our Guest,” and the romantic ballroom centerpiece”.
Stars: Peter Facinelli, Jaimie Alexander and Michael Madsen
Loosies follows Bobby through his professional pick-pocket business in New York’s subway, only ending up leaving a woman, Lucy, three-month pregnant after a one-night stand.
Stars: Jessica Brown-Findlay, Felicity Jones and Sebastian Koch
Albatross is a drama and comedy film of an intellectual, Beth, as her family’s quite existence is ruined after the affair unfolds between Emilia, the new housekeeper, and Jonathan, Beth’s father.
Stars: Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer and Dolly Parton
Joyful noise takes on the musical genre with catchy and feet-tapping numbers, heading straight to The National Joyful Competition as Vi Rose Hill takes the directions on her hands in G.G. Sparrows choir ensemble.
(Beauty and the Beast 3D takes the second place after Contraband, taking $5.6 million on Friday.)
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy and India Eisley
Another vampire-thrilled installment, Underworld: Awakening takes on the war by both humans and vampires as they fight to eradicate both species. Vampire Selene takes on the battle to fight for her humankind after escaping 12 years of imprisonment.
Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard
A WWII centric film, Red Tails is a story about an African-American pilot team in a Tuskegee training program. As the Africans take the backseat to the Americans when airpower is needed despite their ample flying skills, they risk their lives and own the skies to combat their enemy counterparts when a sudden dangerous mission arises.
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas and Gina Carano
An action-packed thriller film, Haywire takes the role of a former marine, Mallory Kane, into prominence as she sets on kick-ass revenge when she is betrayed by whom she always reports her worldwide underground missions to.
One for the Money
Stars: Katherine Heigl and Jason O’Mara
Divorcee Stephanie Plum, unemployed and penniless, is hired as a recovery agent at a cousin’s company. She brings in a murder suspect, Joe Morellia, who turns out to be a former sweetheart from her high school days. As One for the Money goes on, Morellia’s fall for Plum takes on.
Stars: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney and Frank Grillo
The Grey follows an oil-rig crew, with leader Ottway, in the bleak Alaskan wilderness after their plane crashes. With only a few days left to seek shelter as the freezing temperatures and treacherous terrains start to hamper their efforts, they are in a dead zone with a pack of wolves preying on them as they get weaker.
Man on a Ledge
Stars: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell
Man on a Ledge takes on the crime-thriller genre as it explores the root cause of Nick Cassidy’s crime after being accused of a $40 million jewel theft by a corrupt businessman David Englander. The ex-con grabs the attention by planting himself on a ledge of a high-rise hotel, in the hope to clear his name.