January 2016 Film Releases

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The Forest

Release Date: January 8, 2016
Dir. Jason Zada
Prod. David S. Goyer, David Linde, Tory Metzger
Studio: Focus Features/Gramercy Pictures
Genre: Horror
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt

A young woman enters a forest to find out what happened to her missing sister only to be terrorized by the angry spirits of the dead who committed suicide there.

 

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 hours.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Michael Bay
Prod. Michael Bay and Erwin Stoff
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Action, Thriller
Based on: 13 Hours, Mitchell Zuckoff
Starring: James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Dominic Fumusa, Pablo Screiber, David Denman, Toby Stephens, Demetrius Grosse, Freddie Stroma

Based on the true story of the Benghazi attack in 2012, 13 Hours tells the story of six security team members who fought against an attack on the American diplomatic compound on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

 

Norm of the North

norm of the north.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Trevor Wall
Prod. Nicholas Atlan, ken Katsumoto, Steve Rosen, Liz Young, Mike Young
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Family
Starring: Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney, Loretta Devine, Gabriel Iglesias, Michael McElhatton, Bill Nighy

 

An animated film about a polar bear and three lemmings who end up in New York after being forced to leave their home in the Arctic.

 

Ride Along 2

Ride along 2.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Tim Story
Prod. Matt Alvarez, Larry Brezner, Ice Cube, Will Packer, J.C. Spink
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Comedy, Action
Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong, Tyrese Gibson

In this sequel to the 2014 film, Ride Along, Ben Barder and James Payton are sent to Miami to help take down Antonio Pope, a powerful drug lord.

 

The 5th Wave

Release Date: January 22, 2016
Dir. J. Blakeson
Prod. Tobey Maguire, Graham King, Matthew Plouffe, Lynn Harris
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Sci-Fi
Based on: The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber, Zackary Arthur

Based on the book of the same name, The 5th Wave follows Cassie Sullivan as she tries to save her younger brother, Sammy, before a fifth wave of alien attacks destroys what’s left of the Earth.

 

The Boy

Release Date: January 22, 2015
Dir. William Brent Bell
Prod. Matt Berenson, Roy Lee, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Jim Wedaa
Studio: STX Entertainment
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans

Starring Lauren Cohan, The Boy is the story about an American girl named Greta who becomes a nanny to a porcelain doll for a couple who lost their real son. However, as time goes on, Greta begins to suspect that the doll may not be as fake as it seems.

 

Dirty Grandpa

Release Date: January 22, 2016
Dir. Dan Mazer
Prod. Bill Block, Jason Barrett, Barry Josephson, Michael Simkin
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Robert de Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza

Zac Efron stars as Jason, a young man who is tricked into driving his grandfather (Robert De Niro) to Florida.

 

Jane Got a Gun

Jane got a gunRelease Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Gavin O’Connor
Prod. Natalie Portman, Aleen Keshishian, Zack Schiller, Mary Regency
Boies, Scott Steindorff, Scott LaStaiti, Terry Dougas
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Genre: Action, Drama
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro, Boyd Holbrook, Ewan McGregor

Despite trying to start a new life away from the Bishop Boys gang, Jane Hammond once again finds herself right in the middle of a fight after the gang attacks her husband and the only person left for her to turn to is her ex-fiancé.

 

Fifty Shades of Black

Release Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Michael Tiddes
Prod. Rick Alvarez and Marlon Wayans
Studio: Open Road Films
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk

Fifty Shades of Black is a parody film on the 2015 film, Fifty Shades of Grey.

 

The Finest Hours

Finest Hours.jpgRelease Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Craig Gillespie
Prod. Dorothy Aufiero
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Action, Drama
Based on: The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring
Sea Rescue, Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias
Starring: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, Eric Bana

The true story of the rescue mission carried out by the crews of the CG 36500 and the Yakutat after two oil tankers were destroyed and the crew stranded in 1952.

 

Kung Fu Panda 3

Release Date: January 29, 2015
Dir. Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni
Prod. Melissa Cobb
Studio: 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation
Genre: Action, Comedy
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson, J.K. Simmons

In this third installment of the Kung Fu Panda franchise sees Po learning there’s an entire secret village of pandas, including one whom he is promised to marry. With a new threat hovering over China, Po must train the other pandas to fight off their new foe.

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season whatever you may have celebrated and I know it’s only the second, but I hope you’re all having a wonderful 2016 so far!

I took a brief break from blogging for a little while at the end of the 2015, why? I got a job. Yes, unfortunately being an unpublished writer doesn’t make much (any) money, but I got a job over the Christmas season working in retail.

The best part? It’s one of my favourite stores (no it’s not a bookstore) and they’re keeping me! Apparently I did an okay job over the Christmas season because even though it’s over now they’re still keeping me on. I’m very excited about this, but I’m also very excited to get back to blogging, fanfiction writing, and novel writing!

Even though I’ll still be working, with the holidays over my hours won’t be as crazy which means I’ll have more time to write and work on blog posts and I’m incredibly excited to get back into it!

I look forward to an awesome and crazy 2016 with you all!

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August 2015 Film Releases

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So I decided I wanted to try something new on this blog and talk about films that are going to be released this month. I’m doing something similar over on my other blog and may be making this monthly thing.

BorutoBoruto: Naruto the Movie

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Hiroyuki Yamashita

Prod. Masashi Kishimoto and Ukyō Kodachi

Studio: Toho/Studio Pierriot

Genre: Animated, Action, Adventure

Starring Voice Cast: Yuuko Sanpei, Noriaki Sugiyama, Junko Takeuchi, Kokoro Kikuchi

The eleventh Naruto film to be released, you can read a full synopsis on Boruto here on the Naruto Wikia Page.


Dark PlacesDark Places

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Prod. Stéphane Marsil, Azim Bolkiah, Matthew Rhodes, Cathy Shulman, Charlize Theron

Studio: A24 Films

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Based on: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tye Sheridan, Sterling Jerins, Corey Stoll, Christina Hendricks

Twenty-five years ago, Ben Day was convicted of murdering his mother and two of his sisters after his other sister, Libby, testifies against him. Now, Libby isn’t so sure if Ben really was guilty and must seek out those horrific memories to determine what really happened.


Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Josh Trank

Prod. Gregory Goodman, Simon Kinberg, Robert Kulzar, Hutch Parker, Matthew Vaughn

Studio: 20th Century Fox/Marvel Entertainment

Genre: Action, Adventure

Based On: Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson

Four ordinary people are given special abilities when they travel to an alternate universe and must use their powers to become superheroes and save the world.


The Gift

The Gift

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Joel Edgerton

Prod. Jason Blum, Joel Edgerton, Rebecca Yeldham

Studio: STX Entertainment

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton

Gordo is an old high school friend of Simon’s who seems friendly enough at first. However, after Simon and his wife, Robyn, start receiving strange gifts from Gordo, awful truths will be brought to light about what really happened in Simon’s past.


Ricki and the Flash

Ricki and the Flash

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Jonathan Demme

Prod. Marc Platt, Diablo Cody, Mason Novick, Gary Goetzman

Studio: TriStar Pictures

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan, Rick Springfield

Meryl Streep stars as Ricki, a woman who must return to her estranged family to help her daughter deal with her divorce, after abandoning them to become a rock star.


Shaun of the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Richard Starzak and Mark Burton

Prod. Paul Kewley and Julie Lockhart

Studio: StudioCanal

Genre: Stop-Motion Animated Comedy

Starring Voice Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili

Based on the British series, Shaun the Sheep follows Shaun, a sheep, and his friends as they try to locate their farmer by going on an adventure to the big city where they must animal control and try to blend in.


The Runner

The Runner

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Austin Stark

Prod. Bingo Gubelmann, Erika Hampson, Benji, Chris Papavasiliuo, Glenn Williamson

Studio: Paper Street Films/Back Lot Pictures

Genre: Political Drama

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, Sarah Paulson, Wendell Pierce

Nicolas Cage stars as a politician whose career is destroyed after news of a sex scandal is leaked following the oil spill in 2010.


The Diary of a Teenage GirlThe Diary of a Teenage Girl

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Marielle Heller

Prod. Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Genre: Comedy Drama

Based On: The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Bel Powley, Austin Lyon, Quinn Nagle

Minnie Goetze is a fifteen year old girl living in 1970s San Francisco with her mother, Charlotte when she starts an affair with her mother’s boyfriend, Monroe, recording everything that happens in her diary.


exeterExeter

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Marcus Nispel

Prod. Brandt Andersen, Michael Corrente, Michael Corso, Marcus Nispel, Trent Othick

Genre: Horror

Starring: Stephen Lang, Kelly Blatz, Brittany Curran, Brett Dier, Gage Golightly

Six teenagers accidentally release a malevolent spirit while goofing off at a party. However, the teens quickly realize the spirit may not be the most dangerous thing out there, and that it’s malevolence is actually the spirit trying to tell them something.


The Man from UNCLEThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. Guy Ritchie

Prod. John David, Steve Clark-Hall, Lionel Wigram, Guy Ritchie

Studio: Warner Bros.

Genre: Action, Comedy

Based On: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. by Sam Rolfe

Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant

Two U.N.C.L.E. agents must work together to stop a crime organization before they use nuclear weapons to turn the world catastrophic during this action film set during the 1960s Cold War.


Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. F. Gary Gray

Prod. Ice Cube, Tomica Woods-Wright, Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray, Scott Bernstein, Dr. Dre

Studio: Universal Studios

Genre: Biography, Drama

Starring: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr.

A biographical drama that follows the history of the band, N.W.A.


Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. Faoud Mikati

Prod. Candice Abela and Holly Wiersma

Studio: Image Entertainment/Arrow Films

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Rosamund Pike, Nick Nolte, Shiloh Fernendez

After a woman is brutally attacked in her home, she must try to return to her normal life. This proves difficult though when she starts communicating with her attacker while he’s in prison. But, are either of them really what they seem?


Ten Thousand Saints

Ten Thousand Saints

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

Prod. Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, Tredie Styler, Celine Rattray, Luca Borghese, Datari Turner

Studio: Screen Media Films

Genre: Drama

Based On: Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ethan Hawke, Avan Jogia, Emile Hirsch, Emily Mortimer

In this coming-of-age film, three teenagers (Butterfield, Steinfeld, and Hirsch) learn to come together to support each other through difficult times.


People Places Things

People Places Things

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. James C. Strouse

Prod. Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub

Studio: The Film Arcade

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephenie Allynne, Michael Chernus, Aundrea Gadsby, Gia Gadsby

Will Henry is a newly singer father who must balance raising his two young daughters while figuring out how to let go of old loves and let new ones in.


Mistress America

Mistress America

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. Noah Baumbach

Prod. Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig, Scott Rudin, Rodrigo Teixeira, Lila Yacoub

Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Heather Lind, Cindy Cheung, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Matthew Shear, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Chernus

Lola Kirke stars Tracy, a college freshman who allows her future-step-sister to take her on insane adventures to escape the boredom and loneliness of her regular life.


Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

Release Date: August 18, 2015

Dir. Tadayoshi Yamamuro

Studio: Toei Company/20th Centrury Fox

Genre: Animated, Action, Adventure

Starring an Extensive Voice Cast. The full list can be found here on Wikipedia

The nineteenth film in the Dragon Ball series, you can read a full synopsis here on the Dragon Ball Wikia Page


American Ultra

American Ultra

Release Date: August 21, 2015

Dir. Nima Nourizadeh

Prod. David Alpert, Anthony Bregman, Mark Fasano, Kevin Scott Frakes, Britton Rizzio, Raj Brinder Singh

Studio: Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment

Genre: Action, Comedy

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leuizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale

Mike Howell is a government sleeper agent. When the government targets him for elimination, he is suddenly thrust back into the chaos of his old life and must find a way to escape again.


Hitman

Hitman: Agent 47

Release Date: August 21, 2015

Dir. Aleksander Bach

Prod. Charles Gordon, Adrian Askariah, Alex Young, Skip Woods

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Genre: Action, Thriller

Based On: Hitman by IO Interactive

Starring: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciarán Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, Angelababy

Rupert Friend is Agent 47, a genetically engineered assassin who must take down an opposing corporation before they unlock the secrets to 47’s creation and use them to make their own army.


Sinister 2

Sinister 2

Release Date: August 21, 2015

Dir. Ciaran Foy

Prod. Jason Blum, Scott Derrickson, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones

Studio: Focus Features/Gramercy Pictures

Genre: Horror

Starring: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan

Following the events of the first Sinister film, Deputy So & So is in the process of investigating the murders that have taken place and is hoping to prevent more of them from happening. This might be difficult though when a young family moves into the house Bughuul lives in and he tries to make one of the children film himself killing his family.


Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah

Release Date: August 28, 2015

Dir. Craig Zobel

Prod. Skuli Fr. Malmquist, Thor Sigurjonsson, Sigurjón Sighvatsson, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Sophia Lin

Studio: Roadside Attractions

Genre: Drama, Action, Sci-Fi

Based on Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine

Based on the novel of the same name, Z for Zachariah tells the story of three of the last remaining survivors on Earth find themselves in a love triangle.


Regression

Regression

Release Date: August 28, 2015

Dir. Alejandro Amenábar

Prod. Alejandro Amenábar, Fernando Bovaira, Christina Piovesan

Studio: The Weinstein Company

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Dencik, David Thewlis

Emma Watson stares as seventeen-year old Angela, a girl who was sexually abused by her father, though the man doesn’t actually remember the event happening.


Max Steel

Max Steel

Release Date: August 28, 2015

Dir. Stewart Hendler

Prod. Bill O’Dowd and Julia Pistor

Studio: Open Road Films

Genre: Action, Adventure

Starring: Ben Winchell, Ana Villafañe, Andy Garcia, Maria Bello, Billy Slaughter

Max Steel the film acts as an origin story to the series which aired several years ago and follows teenager, Max McGrath, and alien, Steel. The duo must use their powers to turn into Max Steel and save the world.

So what do you think? Any of these films sound good? Did you like this post?

Is there anything you would like to see?

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