Yes, we’re all excited for The Batman next week, too. However, there are a lot of good options to watch in the next seven days.
By Sean Blanford
Cyrano: After several delays due to Omicron, Joe Wright’s vision of the esteemed Edmond Rostand play is finally getting a wide release. It was a risk Universal decided to take that may have ended up costing the film Oscar nominations (it still managed one nomination for Best Costume Design). Still, Peter Dinklage’s performance as Cyrano de Bergerac has garnered acclaim since the film’s Telluride premiere back in September. Cyrano also stars Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., and Ben Mendelsohn.
Studio 666: The month of horror continues with this ultra-low-budget possession flick starring the Foo Fighters as themselves. Struggling to get their latest album past the recording stages, the band moves into a lush mansion to focus, but supernatural forces may be afoot. The horror-comedy also sports several cameos, including Will Forte, Whitney Cummings, Jenna Ortega, and Lionel Ritchie.
The Godfather: You could easily just stay at home and watch this on your television, but how many times will you get the chance to watch one of the greatest films of all time? Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 classic is getting a limited re-release for its 50th anniversary, and the three-time Oscar winner is a must-watch for anyone who has not had the chance to see it in theaters.
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Parallel Mothers: For over forty years, Spanish writer/director Pedro Almodovar has been at the forefront of combining tongue-in-cheek comedy, heavily emotional drama, and elements of his own history. Starring Penelope Cruz (in her seventh film with Almodovar) and Milena Smit as new mothers whose lives are forever intertwined after giving birth in the same hospital on the same day. Along with a Best Actress nomination for Cruz, the film was also nominated for a second Oscar for Best Score.
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C’mon C’mon: While it may have been seen as too small to receive any love from the Academy, the latest from writer/director Mike Mills has received plenty of love from the likes of the Independent Spirit Awards (three nominations) as well as a BAFTA nomination for young star Woody Norman. C’mon C’mon is also being viewed as one of the more understated strong performances of Joaquin Phoenix’s career as a radio journalist given the responsibility of caring for his young nephew.
No Exit: Rounding out horror-February is the one film this week being covered on the Bananameter. A blizzard has caused a group of strangers to be trapped in a mountain rest stop, and when a kidnapped child is discovered in the trunk of a car, it becomes a battle of life and death for all involved. What will be the consensus of our Bananameter critics? Find out this weekend if this gets ripe status or not.