This Week in Movies - 1/7/15

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 9
Director: Paul Thomas AndersonCast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon

Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon (who I initially thought was Balki from Perfect Strangers), this comedy stars Joaquin Phoenix as a 1970s private detective named Larry “Doc” Sportello. When Larry’s ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston) goes missing, along with her wealthy new boyfriend Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), the ganja-fueled gumshoe combs through a bizarre cast of characters to track her down.



Release date: January 9
Director: Ava DuVernayCast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth

One of the most decorated films of the 2014-2015 awards season, Selma is the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s (Oyelowo) three Selma-to-Montgomery, AL, voting rights marches. The film has earned critical acclaim despite the fact that the rights to King’s real-life speeches are currently licensed to a different biopic, so filmmakers were forced to fabricate (making only slight changes) all of the civil rights leader’s dialogue.



Release date: January 9
Director: Olivier Megaton
Cast: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen

Not content with leading a quiet life – maybe somewhere in the secluded crevices of the Himalayas, away from kidnappers and murderers – Bryan Mills (Neeson) goes about his life, making home-cooked meals and delivering giant stuffed pandas to his daughter (Grace). Well, guess what, Bryan? Your wife (Janssen) is dead now. And you’re the prime suspect in her murder. I guess you didn’t learn your lesson. You brought this on yourself, Bryan.


Have an opinion on this week’s releases? Tell us how YOU really feel below.



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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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