This Week in Movies - 2/16/15

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: February 20
Director: Ari Sandel
Cast: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca A. Santos

Based on an actual novel that exists for some reason, The DUFF stars Mae Whitman as a high school senior named Bianca, who is the apparent “DUFF” – designated ugly fat friend – within her social circle. The role of a DUFF, as the trailer blandly explains, is to ultimately make her friends look more appealing by comparison. In a plot twist strikingly similar to She’s All That, Bianca turns to her hunky childhood friend (Amell) in hopes that he’ll help make her a little less Khloe and a little more Kim.



Release date: February 20
Director: Steve Pink
Cast: Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, Adam Scott

The original Hot Tub Time Machine was barely worth watching and only got a chance because of the absurdly original time-travel device and John Cusack. Five years later, the device is no longer original, and Cusack is, apparently, no longer in need of a mortgage payment. In HTTM2, the boys (Robinson, Corddry and Duke) have been using their bubbly time machine to become rich and famous, but when one of them ends up getting shot, they must go back in time to save him. Instead, they end up 10 years in the future.



Release date: February 20
Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Carlos Pratts

Produced by Disney, McFarland, USA is based on the true story of a high school coach (Costner) who overcomes social barriers to build a championship cross-country team at a predominantly Latino high school in the city of McFarland, CA. This film joins a long list of successful movies about running, including The Maze Runner, Blade Runner, A River Runs Through It, The Running Man, Chicken Run, Runner Runner, Run Lola Run, Cannonball Run, Midnight Run, Running Scared and the John Candy classic Cool Runnings.


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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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