Fifty Shades of Grey – If you’re in the mood for the most shocking erotic film of the year. I skipped the book and went straight for the movie because I didn’t want the germs on the library copy. Rumor has it that any library copy of this book holds a lot of bacteria. You don’t want to know. This movie is rated R and stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, and Luke Grimes.
McFarland USA – Disney presents a movie for all ages in this film that speaks of love, family, and community. I thought this movie was really cute. I always enjoy a Kevin Costner film (well, except for the one about the football draft title Draft Day…Could a movie get any more boring?) This movie is rated PG and stars Kevin Costner, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Maria Bello, Elsie Fisher, and Morgan Saylor.
The Boy Next Door – A reverse of the classic “girl next door” plot. In this movie, the boy next door turns out to be more dangerous than the girl imagines. My favorite Jennifer Lopez movie is Enough, but this one is worth watching as well. This movie is rated R and stars Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett, Ian Nelson, and Kristin Chenowith.
Taken 3 – The saga continues in Taken 3. I got tired after the first one, but hey if you’ve got some endurance and you liked the first one, I’m sure this movie is for you as the plot is basically a repeat. This time the plot consists of a murdered ex-wife and a framing of the crime which send the main character on a search for the true killers before he loses his daughter. This movie is rated PG-13 and stars Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Jon Gries, and Forest Whitaker.
The Cobbler – This Adam Sandler movie takes the phrase “put oneself in another’s shoes” quite literally as a cobbler turns his life into a magical adventure by doing just that. Got to love anything Adam Sandler (when he’s not talking in his baby voice that is). This movie is rated PG-13 and stars Adam Sandler, Ellen Barkin, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, and Dan stevens.
Paddington – It couldn’t get cuter. This bear with a red hat explores London with the help of his adopted family, the Browns. This movie is rated PG and stars Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, and Sally Hawkins.
The Wedding Ringer – While the plot isn’t that original, Kevin Hart and Josh Gad make a fabulous comedic duo which makes the movie worth watching. In the movie, Josh Gad’s character hires Kevin Hart’s character to pose as his best man in his upcoming wedding. In the end, both characters learn valuable lessons of friendship and love. This movie is rated R and stars Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco, Affion Crockett, and Jorge Garcia.
The Gambler – Mark Wahlberg isn’t done making movies. This is one of the better ones he’s completed recently. In this movie, Mark Wahlberg’s gambling addiction gets him in trouble, but nothing he can’t face with a little help from his students. In the process of paying his debts, he makes an attempt at love as well. I didn’t quite get the love story, but that’s just me. This movie is rated R and stars Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Michael K. Williams, Brie Larson, and John Goodman.
Cake – Jennifer Anniston stars in this dark drama as she portrays a woman full of anger, pain, alcohol, and prescription drugs. This movie is a little strange, but worth it. This movie is rated R and stars Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, William H. Macy, Adriana Barraza, and Felicity Huffman.