February’s best films to see

By Tristan Davis, Megan Palumbo, Allie Talarico, & Casey DiBari – Features, Sports Editors, & 1851 Staff

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” opened February 5. Photo courtesy of IMDb

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” – February 5

In this genre-bending reanimation of a classic Jane Austen novel written in 1813, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” seamlessly combines the majesty of early 19th century English society with the blood-curdling action of horror and science fiction. Austen’s main characters, plot points, and love interests remain the same, despite the added nuisance of the undead. Lily James (“Cinderella”) plays protagonist Elizabeth Bennet, who wields daggers while wearing dresses, replaces garters with zombie guts, and leads her sisters through battle without once surrendering her grace and propriety. Based on the novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith, the movie “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is directed by Burr Steers. – A. Talarico

“Deadpool” – February 12

“Deadpool,” the latest movie to come out of the Marvel universe, is about mercenary Wade Wilson, who, while trying to cure his cancer, is given super- human abilities following an experiment gone wrong. Along with receiving regenerative powers, he becomes severely disfigured, and mentally disabled— transforming him into the masked antihero, Deadpool. The movie follows Dead- pool in finding the man who ruined his life and ensuing revenge on him. Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern”) plays the title character alongside Morena Baccarin (“Gotham”) and T.J. Miller (“Big Hero 6”). – C. DiBari

“Zoolander 2” – February 12

It’s been 15 years and the anticipation for “Zoolander 2” is finally over. Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, Billy Zane, and more comedic actors will be hitting the screen in the film, out Valentine’s Day weekend. In this new hit, the world’s most beautiful people are being assassinated one by one, found with Derek Zoolander’s famous “Blue Steel” look. “Zoolander 2” takes place when Hansel (Owen Wilson) and Zoolander (Ben Stiller) are completely forgotten by their old fans. In order to distinguish themselves in public again, as well as to not be killed, they must face their new competition and old nemesis, Mugatu (Will Ferrell). – M. Palumbo

“Gods of Egypt” – February 26

The latest from Australian director Alex Proyas (“I, Robot”) features a battle between light and darkness in ancient Egypt. Bek (Brenton Thwaites) joins forces with the Egyptian god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an attempt to thwart the powers of darkness and rescue the love of his life. Gerard Butler (“The Bounty Hunter,” “Olympus Has Fallen”) is slated to play Set, an evil Egyptian god that threatens peace and harmony in the empire. – T. Davis


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