Hollywood’s holiday rush is long over, and we’re months away from the blockbuster extravaganza that keeps us entertained through the summer. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have a reason to hit up a movie theater this month. Throughout February, studios will release several highly anticipated films. From young adult hits and kid-friendly flicks to star-powered thrillers and exciting historical adventures, there will be something for everybody at the cinema this month. Here are just four films people are buzzing about.
1. The Monuments Men, dir. George Clooney
Set at the end of World War II, The Monuments Men tells the true story of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Program. This Allied group of art historians, museum directors, and curators was assigned to rescue valued artworks from Nazi possession and return them to their rightful owners. The comedy-drama features an all-star cast that includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, and George Clooney, who also directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Grant Heslov. If you’re a fan of historical films and ensemble pieces, you’ve got plenty of reasons to check out The Monuments Men starting this weekend.
2. Vampire Academy, dir. Mark Waters
2014 will be a big year for young adults, with adaptations of popular novels like The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, and Mockingjay hitting the big screen. But first, we’ll get a chance to see Vampire Academy, based on the best-selling series by Richelle Mead. The movie is about — you guessed it — students at a supernatural boarding school who uncover evil forces at work within their world. It stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovsky as students who have to balance typical teenage issues, including falling in love, with scary adventures. Vampire Academy hits theaters February 7.
3. The Lego Movie, dir. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
If you have kids — or if you ever were a kid — chances are you’ve heard of Legos. The popular building blocks are about to get a whole lot bigger when The Lego Movie is released on February 7. The animated film, which features an all-star cast of voices that includes Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks, and Morgan Freeman, tells the story of Emmett, an ordinary Lego figurine who embarks on an extraordinary adventure after he’s mistaken for the master builder who’s destined to save the Lego universe. While The Lego Movie is obviously tailored for kids, early reviews seem to indicate that the film will be fun for the whole family.
4. RoboCop, dir. José Padilha
Sometimes it can be fun to revisit an old story with a new audience. That seems to be the thinking behind RoboCop, a remake of the 1980s action film. This time around, Joel Kinnaman (AMC’s The Killing) plays Alex Murphy, a policeman who’s recruited into the RoboCop program after he’s seriously injured by a car bomb. The film features an impressive cast that stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson. With the advances in special effects technology since the original film, it looks to be an exciting futuristic thriller for action fans everywhere. You can see RoboCop starting February 12.