This Week in Movies - 1/21/15

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 23
Director: Rob Cohen
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenoweth, John Corbetty

With nearly 30 movies on her resume, it’s kind of shocking that Jennifer Lopez hasn’t had a critical hit since the 1998 thriller Out of Sight. That said, The Boy Next Door is easily her most appealing project in years. The film stars J.Lo as a recently divorced high school teacher who stumbles into a steamy affair with the new barely legal hunk in the neighborhood, but she begins to regret their tryst when his admiration turns into an obsession.



Release date: January 23
Director: Erik Van Looy
Cast: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet

Based on the record-breaking Belgian film of the same name, The Loft is the story of five men (Urban, Marsden, Miller, Stonestreet and Matthias Schoenaerts) who share a penthouse apartment for the sole purpose of engaging in extramarital affairs. But when a coital cutie winds up dead in the loft, the five friends – who are the only people with access – begin to wonder who among them is capable of cold-blooded murder.



Release date: January 23
Director: David Koepp
Cast: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany

In this cruel, new Hollywood in which Matthew McConaughey is an Oscar winner and Johnny Depp is four films deep into a streak of box office bombs comes Mortdecai – future box office disaster number five. Based on a 1970s book series of the same name, the film follows a bumbling art dealer named Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) who sets out in search of a painting that may hold the key to a bank account stocked with Nazi gold.



Release date: January 23
Director: Gary Rydstrom
Cast: (voices of) Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph

As Star Wars sails off to a (hopefully) better future with Disney, George Lucas turns his attention to … this animated movie. Based on a Midsummer Night’s Dream-inspired tale penned by Lucas, Strange Magic is the story of two forest kingdoms inhabited by magical and mysterious creatures. When a power-hungry king (Cumming) makes a play for a powerful potion, it brings together the worlds of goblins, elves, fairies and imps.


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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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