Weekend Movie Preview: February 20, 2015

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We feel like getting into the hot tub with this edition of the Movie Fanatic Weekend Movie Preview! 

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is finally here, and that comedy sequel is not alone this late February weekend in the new release department. The DUFF takes the popular teen novel and brings it to the big screen and McFarland USA and its star Kevin Costner seek to inspire you with the most impressive of sports stories. 

Let's break it down...

Hot Tub Time Machine 2: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke are back, but John Cusack is not. That's the first thing you need to know about this flick. Also, it follows the film series that it was inspired by -- Back to the Future -- and in its second installment the gang heads into the future for its laughs. Something horrible happens in the guys' altered present and they have to head back into the hot tub to go back in time to prevent it from happening. Only they learn a valuable lesson, the hot tub only takes you to where you need to go, not where you want. To prevent this horrible thing from happening, the future holds the answers. 

Our Hot Tub Time Machine 2 review feels that it is as funny as the first, largely, but it is also a very different movie, as was Back to the Future Part II. Fans will likely be split, some will appreciate the continuation of the humor that was started in the 2010 surprise hit. Others, well, they will just be disappointed and chalk this up to another sequel that probably didn't need to be.

The DUFF: The teen comedy gets a somewhat needed shot in the arm of originality with the big screen version of the popular teen book by Kody Keplinger. Mae Whitman and Robbie Ammel star as the most unlikely of friends who come together with a common goal... to have Whitman's character no longer thought of as the "Designated Ugly Fat Friend," The DUFF.

Whitman is astounding in the role and saves this movie from being a stereotype. These characters have surprising depth, but our The DUFF review finds that it is probably a movie that is about teens for teens, and few others.

McFarland USA: Costner stars as the real life coach of a cross country team who would achieve the unthinkable and inspire an entire community in the process. This never-say-die sports flick is truly about so much more than athletics and with Costner as the steady hand leading the charge, this is one memorable movie. 

For more, check out our McFarland USA review. Somehow, Disney found another true life sports story that has us walking a little higher off the ground afterwards. 

Feel like staying in this weekend? Several awesome titles have landed on digital download. In fact, both could be Oscar winners this weekend! Watch Birdman online and watch The Theory of Everything online and witness the best Hollywood can offer.

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