January 2015 Movies

SELMA

Release Date: January 9th, 2015

Genre: Drama

Cast: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, with Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey.

Director: Ava DuVernay

Studio: Paramount Pictures

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Studio Says:

SELMA chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (played by actor Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (play by David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

Kandy Says: The topic is one of America’s most important humanity achievements in the 20th Century, right alongside granting the right to vote to women, and due to the nature of another widespread cultural issue today against African-Americans, the film will receive a lot of media attention as a favorite for Academy Awards. However, based on what we have heard and read, even though the topic is OSCAR worthy, the film and its’ actors are not.  The film opened in New York and Los Angeles December 25th and we wonder if that was for the sole purpose of making it eligible for Awards. If not, then why not open it nationwide December 25th or wait till January 9th for New York and Los Angeles as well.

 

PROJECT ALMANAC

Release Date: January 30th, 2015

Genre: Drama

Cast: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Ginny Gardner

Director: Dean Israelite

Studio: Paramount Pictures

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Studio Says:

A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.

Kandy Says:

The trailer pretty much sums up the movie and Michael Bay is involved so put it on your To See list.