Movies Opening January 20th, 2012

Most Januarys are pretty mediocre when it comes to movies, and this one has been no exception.  This week’s new releases are another mishmash of genres that all pretty much seem to be leaning towards action.  There’s a fourth movie in a series, a straight action flick, a modern day adaptation of a Shakespeare play and a World War II air battle movie.

The first Underworld movie came out in 2003, and since then there are been two sequels.  Kate Beckinsale skipped the second sequel, but she’s back this time around as the gun-toting, vampire Selene in Underworld: Awakening.   In this sequel she won’t be fighting the Lycans however, instead she must defend her kind against the humans who have found out about their existence.

Haywire is about a black ops super soldier who seeks revenge after being betrayed and setup.  Mixed-martial artist Gina Carano stars, and by the looks of the trailers she really kicks butt.  Oscar winning director Stephen Soderbergh directs, and Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Bandaras, Michael Douglas and Michael Fassbender co-star.

Ralph Fiennes is known for his acting, but he’s now taken the big chair behind the camera as he directs an adaptation of the Shakespeare play Coriolanus.  The words are all Shakespeare, but the movie takes place in a much later time.  Gerard Butler has been known for being very versatile, but can he play Shakespeare?  This movie is a big question mark, but if done right it could be a work of art.

George Lucas has been talking about Red Tails for over 20 years, and it’s finally hitting theatres this weekend.  It’s about a group of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program who finally get called to action in World War II.  The special effects are sure to be great, but with it being released now instead of the summer it has a feeling of disaster about it.

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