Create Game Lists on MeltedJoystick.com
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  
 
  Login Using Facebook
Twitter
 
     

New in Theaters February 19: Race, Risen, The Witch

View Chris Kavan's Profile

By Chris Kavan - 02/18/16 at 06:51 AM CT

With Deadpool breaking all kinds of records over the long President's Day weekend, do any new films have a hope to topple the R-rated hero? I would say it's going to be a tough challenge and though there are worthy films, Deadpool is likely to rule the roost for at least another weekend. That being said, we have a sports biography, a horror film and a biblical drama all looking to make their mark. While none will probably hit the top spot, the top five should be in the cards for at least a couple of the movies.

RACE The sports biopic has been well received. One just has to look to the success of 42 and what it did for the career of Chadwick Boseman. One can hope that Stephan James can look forward to the same type of reception as he takes on another iconic role - that of Jesse Owens leading up to the 1936 Olympics held in Germany. The track and field star faced about as much discrimination at home as he did in Hitler's Aryan paradise - but, none-the-less, went on to make a statement that would resonate long after the games were over. Jason Sudeikis is on board in a non-comedic role for once, joined by Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, Carice van Houten, Eli Goree and Jonathan Higgins, among others. That's a good lineup and should help the film's chances, but I don't see this being quite the breakout film as 42. The film could stick around, but I doubt it will have the legs to make is much into March.


RISEN Maybe you want your drama to lean a bit more on the religious side of things. Now, for my money, I think Risen would have done a bit better close to Easter, but I'm not the person in charge of things. Still, this drama, which centers around the Resurrection but is viewed through the eyes of a non-believer, the Roman Clavius and his aide, Lucius who are tasked with determining what really happened to Christ in hopes of stemming rumors of rise Messiah and a growing uprising in Jerusalem. Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton portray the Roman and his aide, while Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis, Marķa Botto and Luis Callejo are in the supporting cast. This is a religious film I can get behind, unlike the faith-based films that seem to pander to a Christian audience, this one seems genuinely interesting and provides a new perspective on a much-told story. I doubt I'll watch this in theaters, but the cast has me at least interested enough that I would be done for home viewing at some point.


THE WITCH The Witch has the possibility of becoming this year's version of The Babadook or It Follows - a clever and engrossing horror film that relies as much on characters as it does scares. Taking place in the 1630s, a large family at the edge of the untamed wilds starts to fall apart and turn on each other as a series of unexplained events eat away at their faith and sanity. Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson play the family while Sarah Stephens and Bathsheba Garnett play the titular "Witch" who may or may not be real. The film sounds pretty intense with the family drama being just as scary as the more supernatural elements. This is one that has been on my radar and am very keen on checking it out. Now, as a niche horror film, I don't expect it to burn up the box office but I do think it is probably the best film of the week (in my eyes). I hope it does exceptionally well, but even if the grosses are low, I have a feeling it will be well worth tracking down and watching.


With Deadpool still looking to mighty to topple, the three new films will all be fighting for a spot in the top five. I'll be back on Sunday to see which one comes out on top.

Comments
0 comments
Name: 

Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   
 
Bloggers
Recent Blog Posts
Archive

All Posts

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

 
Log In
Help on how to log into FilmCrave
Login with Facebook
Login with FilmCrave
 
 
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
Movies First Seen in 2017 by royaluglydudes
Top Films of 2011 by Neobowler
2016 Movies by Mr Cinema
Top Thriller Movies by Rod
My Blu Ray Collection by Yojimbo
movies of 2017 by skater4159
Top Sci-Fi Movies by Nolane
Movies Seen by Alena

 

 

 

Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us

Jobs

About us

SiteMap

 

Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use

Privacy

   
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?