What I Watched Wednesdays: Beginning of the Year Movie List

(This was suppose to go up last Wednesday.  It was all queued and ready to go before I left, so I don’t know what happened (I went on a cruise, but more on that later.  However, if you want to check out my YouTube channel, I’ve already started putting up videos…hint, hint).  Anyway, so I guess I inadvertently gave myself a free week.  Enjoy the post!)

Usually, I wait until the summer to really pay attention to what movies are coming out; however this year, there are a few that I’m hoping to put on my “to-see” list already.  Since the list is pretty long, I thought I would share just the first four months worth of movies I would like to see.  Some of these, I plan to watch in the theater while others are probably going to be Netflix nights.  I’ll let you know down below which ones are which.  These are in order of release date.

I have been fascinated with the idea of this kind of movie, and the trailer is sweet and innocent.  I don’t know how innocent the movie will be, though, since it’s rated R.  So, this is going to be a Netflix night after I read a few reviews online.  It’s about a guy who develops a relationship with an artificial intelligence interface (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).  We may think that’s weird, but then again, how many of us reach for an electronic device, whether a phone or a laptop, in hopes of finding a connection with someone else.  It’s an interesting premise to say the least.

I really liked this book series, but I’m afraid that the movie is going to…well…suck (I couldn’t help it).  The trailers have not really grabbed me, and it feels just like another attempt at getting the attention of the teeny-bopper vampire groupies.  However, the director did Mean Girls, so maybe it won’t be so bad?  I don’t know if I’m going to Netflix this or watch it in the theater.  It’s coming out on Valentine’s Day and there is another movie I also may want to see.

Winter’s Tale is another Valentine’s Day movie this year.  It’s about love and immortality, what’s not to like about that?  Plus it has an excellent cast as well.  Even the trailer itself had me by surprise at the twists and turns of the plot.  Basically, in what seems like Victorian times, a thief breaks into a home and falls in love with the daughter of the owner.  Turns out she is very sick, but he stays by her side until she dies.  Then, the trailer takes us to present day, where the thief is alive in present day, somehow, and helping a woman and her kid.  I hope the movie is less mysterious about the plot, and this might be my theater pick this year.

I have actually been to Pompeii back when I went to Italy with my Grandma.  Of course, this looks like it is more of an historical fiction, but the backdrop of the Mt Vesuvius volcano eruption is pretty breathtaking.  I hope to see this in the theater, but I will settle for Netflix.

There are a lot of Bible based movies this year, which I’m really excited about.  From what I understand, this is a re-cut version of a miniseries they had on the History Channel last year.  It is the first motion picture about Christ since The Passion ten years ago.  I don’t think I will venture to the theater for this one, but it might be a good Netflix night with the small group.

This is another Bible story on the screen  I realize that these aren’t completely accurate and highly Hollywood dramatized, but the cast is good (Emma Watson and Russell Crowe!), and the effects look pretty decent as well.  I hope to watch this in the theater to really get the full effect.

Ah, the comic book movies return.  This is the second installment to the Captain America story, taking place after the Avengers movie.  I love how connected all of these movies are, like one big story that as soon as it completely finishes, perhaps can be watched in one continuous stream.  This will probably be a theater show, as I know Michael will want to see this as much as I do.

Based on the bestseller with the same name, this is definitely one that I don’t want to miss.  However, I think I will wait for it to come out on Netflix, since I bawled in the theater watching the trailer.  Basically, this little boy has a near death experience in the hospital, one where he claims he actually did die and spent a little time in heaven.  The stories and information he knows when he awakes are beyond comprehension.  It’s a sweet story, and one I hope to watch in the comfort of my home with a big box of tissues.

It looks like it’s going to be a very busy spring this year!


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