Previews: January & February 2012

Artwork by Bobby Myers. Copyright 2011.


2012 begins with horror films The Devil Inside and The Possession, both slated for a January 6 release.   The Devil Inside is about a woman on a journey to discover what happened to her mother after her mother was said to have murdered three people during her own exorcism.  Set in Italy, Isabella Rossi (Fernanda Andrade) becomes involved with several unauthorized exorcisms of her own.  The Possession is another afflicted-child movie about a young girl who buys an antique box at a yard sale.  Inside the box lives a malicious ancient spirit that her parents must destroy. 

Friday, January 13 plays host to a more diverse group of releases including the 3-D re-release of Disney classic Beauty and the Beast.  In addition to the classic French-themed romance, a smuggler turned security guard (Mark Wahlberg) considers a return to his old ways when, hit by money woes, a lucrative offer is presented in Contraband.  Finally, in Joyful Noise a small town choir sets their sights on a national competition against overwhelming odds that include differing opinions of its choir directors Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah) and G.G. Sparrow (Dolly Parton). 

Haywire leads the January 20 action-weekend with an all-star cast including Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGreggor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and Gina Carano in a feature about a black ops super soldier seeking revenge for being set up and betrayed on a mission.  War seems to be the theme as Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard headline Red Tail, an action-drama about a crew of black pilots in the Tuskegee training program called to action in World War II.  And of course, Kate Beckinsale reprises her role as Selene in Underworld AwakeningIn this sequel, humans discover the Vampire and Lycan colonies but with their lives all threatened, Selene leads the war against humanity. 

January comes to a close (January 27 weekend) with The Greya story about an oil-team stranded in the wild of Alaska after their plane crashes.  Problem is, they’re seen as intruders and are hunted by a pack of wolves, can they survive?  It’s going to be hard not to root for the wolves, but considering Liam Neeson is the star, the wolves will need the adulation.  In Man on a Ledge, a police psychologists tries talking down an ex-con who threatens to jump from the top of a Manhattan hotel as one of the largest diamond heists in history is underway.  Man on a Ledge is led by Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell.  The third release of the weekend is One for the Money, which happens to be the first romantic-comedy.  Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) is unemployed and newly divorced, but when she takes a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business her first assignment puts her on the trail of a local cop from her romantic past.   


Big Miracle returns viewers to Alaska with Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski on a campaign “inspired by the incredible true story” to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the arctic circle on February 3.  The sci-fi and superhero genre gain a foot in this weekend as well with Chronicle, the story of three teens who gain superpowers but find their lives spinning out of control as they embrace their darker sides.  And Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe makes his first post-Potter appearance in Woman in Black, a thriller about a young lawyer (Radcliffe) who encounters a woman’s vengeful ghost while trying to organize his deceased client’s papers. 

The sequel to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth arrives on February 10 with Journey 2:  The Mysterious Island, where Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) teams with his mother’s boyfriend (Dwayne Johnson) to find his grandfather (Michael Caine) who’s lost on a mythical island.  Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds team up in the Safe House, a story about a CIA-operated safe house that’s been targeted by a group of villains – the new task:  move the criminal in custody to another secure location.  And beside the 3-D re-release of Star Wars I, Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum star in 2012’s first solo drama The Vow.  In a car accident, Paige (McAdams) was put in a coma.  When she wakes with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Tatum) works to win her heart again. 

February 17 is led by an elite team of Navy SEALS on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent in Act of Valor.  Nicholas Cage returns to the big-screen in Ghost Rider:  Spirit of Vengeance where he is called upon to stop the Devil from taking human form.  Myth maintains its grip with Disney’s The Secret World of Arrietty, the story of the four-inch-tall Clock family and how their lives change once their daughter Arrietty is discovered.  Finally, This Means War closes the weekend with Tom Hardy and Chris Pine set to do battle as two CIA-operatives who discover they’re dating the same woman, Reese Witherspoon.

Amanda Seyfried helps bring February to a close (the weekend of February 24) with Gone.  When Jill’s (Seyfried) sister goes missing, she suspects the serial killer who abducted her two years prior and she sets out to face him once again.  This same weekend another self-titled, self-written, self-acted film debuts with Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, in which right before his wedding, an affluent man (Perry) develops feelings for a single mom.  And finally, the long-awaited, constantly rescheduled release of Jennifer Aniston’s talked about role in Wanderlust will be released, where Aniston and Paul Rudd portray a couple who seek to live a counter-culture lifestyle. 

There you have it, all release dates are subject to change. 


2 thoughts on “Previews: January & February 2012

  1. The question isn’t whether it’s necessary or not, with the recent performance of The Lion King’s 3-D re-release, it’s a way for Disney to capitalize on current trends while introducing its movies to a whole new generation on the big screen. This, of course, is accross the board, Star Wars I is being re-released in 3-D, as well as Titanic (which I never got to see in theaters, unfortunately, so I’m definitely catching it this time!).

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