Weekend Movie Preview: January 23, 2015

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This second to last edition of the weekend movie preview for January dives into three new films landing in cinemas this week, all trying to dethrone the monster that is Clint Eastwood's American Sniper from atop its ivory tower box office perch.  

Will Johnny Depp doing madcap international intrigue comedy in Mortdecai do it? How about Jennifer Lopez joining the stalking subgenre of the thriller format in The Boy Next Door? Family movies do quite well, perhaps George Lucas' Strange Magic has the golden touch to score big at the box office? 

Let's break it down...

Mortdecai: Depp is the title character, an international art dealer, and he has been tasked by the British spy agency MI5 to track down a priceless stolen painting. If it falls into the wrong hands, it could spell trouble for freedom loving people the globe over. 

As we stated in our Mortdecai review, the film is so-so, but does provide its fair share of laughs and Depp is just brilliant as the foolishly funny lead in a series that we hope finds an audience as there are other Mortdecai stories to explore. 

The Boy Next Door: Lopez is being stalked and it's by her much younger next door neighbor. What's a girl to do? 

Lopez is fine in the role and Ryan Guzman certainly sizzles as her affair partner who goes off the edge when she tries to end it. As we stated in our The Boy Next Door review, this is one of those films that has to be seen with an audience. It will have you both laughing at how ridiculous it is and also cheering when justice is delivered in the third act. 

Strange Magic: Lucas returns to storytelling in a film that hopes it's for the whole family, but truthfully is most likely better suited for the younger moviegoers out there. 

The animated musical story follows a mystical land where fairies, elves and various monsters try to find or avoid love. The soundtrack is a mash-up of some of the biggest hits of the last 60 years. For more, check out our Strange Magic review

Feel like staying in this weekend? Some fantastic titles have landed online. Watch The Interview online and discover the controversial comedy. Watch Lucy online and witness Scarlett Johansson in one of her best roles to date!

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