It’s another weekend and another set of movies coming to your local movie theaters. For many of you parents out there, that means seeing the Disney animated film Frozen again for the umpteenth time. However, the good news is that if you can sing that movie’s entire soundtrack from beginning to end and wish that there was another, newer, family movie to check out, then this is your weekend. In fact, one of the best-reviewed new movies of the years happens to be an animated movie based on a beloved toy, of all things.
Here are the movies opening February 7, 2014:
The Lego Movie - Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman. Yes, the beloved toys now have a movie, and it’s the best reviewed movie of 2014 so far. It tells the story of Emmet, the everyman Lego figure that comes in every basic package of the building blocks. However, the world of Lego is in danger from President Business who wants to glue all of the blocks into place and keep the world exactly where it is for all time. Joined by Lego versions of superheroes such as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and more, Emmet manages to convince everyone that he is the prophesied builder who can save the world. Critics are saying that this one has enough animation and action to keep kids delighted, but also loaded with wicked humor, pop culture references and throw-away jokes to keep adults entertained as well. Critics are almost unanimous in praise of how funny and fun this movie is, which is not something you find in February. Rated PG.
Vampire Academy - Zoey Deutch, Danila Kozlovsky, Lucy Fry. Because the world was really itching for another Young Adult vampire series, here comes Vampire Academy. Word of warning right off the bat, it does not appear that this one was screened for critics before release which should always be taken as a bad sign. This is the story of a bunch of teenagers who attend a boarding school that houses peaceful vampires and a bunch of rebellious ones who feel that vampires should rule humanity. It’s a coming of age movie set against what it would be like to be a teenager AND and immortal bloodsucking monster. Rated PG-13.
The Monument’s Men - George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon. Clooney helped put this movie together and goes behind the camera to direct a story about a little-known part of World War II. During the war, the Nazis stole much of the great works of art in Europe in hopes of, once they had conquered the continent, eventually opening the greatest art museum in the world. Other works of art, they outright destroyed. When the Nazis started losing, it was said that thousands of works of art and architecture were to be destroyed rather than get turned back over to the Allies while thousands of other pieces were hidden away. A group of men with background in art, art history, architecture and other artistic pursuits were recruited to create The Monument’s Men, who were to try and save as much of the world’s precious art as possible. The reviews on this one are very, very mixed. Some say it’s an interesting and, at times, funny movie, but others say there are good parts, but long boring stretches. Rated PG-13.