This Week in Movies - 1/14/15

In which our movie guru tells you what he really feels about what’s coming to the silver screen. Check in every Wednesday for the weekend’s releases, or grab a copy of our print edition to see the whole month.



Release date: January 16
Director: Jeremy Garelick
Cast: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco, Olivia Thirlby

Is Kevin Hart the king of the January comedy? The pint-sized comic ruled the month last year with his buddy flick Ride Along, and may be poised to do so again. I have seen The Wedding Ringer, which is the story of a friendless groom (Gad) who enlists the services of a best-man-for-hire (Hart), and can say that I laughed heartily from beginning to end. Aside from being very funny, this film features just enough heart to become a new classic.



Release date: January 16
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Max Charles, Luke Grimes

Named one of the 10 best films of 2014 by the National Board of Review, American Sniper is based on the autobiography of late United States Navy SEAL and skilled sniper Chris Kyle. The film chronicles Kyle’s four tours in Iraq and his struggle to readjust to civilian life, but probably won’t include his alleged punching of tinfoil hat-wearing truther Jesse “The Crypt Keeper” Ventura, who sued the book’s publisher over the passage.



Release date: January 16
Director: Michael Mann
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany

Just weeks after James Franco’s acting – as predicted in the Book of Revelation – nearly sparked nuclear war and the end of life as we know it, Blackhat dives into the timely subject of cyberterrorism. Chris Hemsworth (the one who doesn’t know which brand of cigarettes Miley Cyrus tastes like) stars as a convict and gifted hacker who is freed from prison and put on the trail of criminals wreaking e-havoc in China and the United States.



Release date: January 16
Director: Paul King
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters

Based on more than 20 books by English author Michael Bond, Paddington stars Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as a couple who open their home to a creepy, talking, hat-wearing bear (voice of Ben Wishaw) after he is displaced from the jungles of Peru. Oh, he wears a raincoat and walks on two legs, you say? All the better! Take my bed, wild animal. And you robbed the corner shop of all its marmalade? Good heavens!


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David Onda is Fly Magazine's movie guy. He is an entertainment writer for a national outlet. He's attended and covered the Academy Awards on several (well, 3) occasions for a national outlet. He once made Quentin Tarantino laugh. He has shared an elevator with Bruce Willis, sat in John Waters' living room and has flown in the same airplane as Joan Rivers.

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