Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
It’s been 12 years since we’ve seen Tom Clancy’s celebrated character Jack Ryan on the big screen, as Ben Affleck essentially killed it with his performance in 2002’s The Sum of All Fears. (Sorry, Ben.) Chris Pine is the latest to take the role in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which drops the brainy CIA analyst right in the middle of a Russian terrorist plot to destroy the U.S. economy. With a great director in Kenneth Branagh and a pretty stellar cast, this could be the first great action movie of 2014. But it’ll have to convince all of the Clancy fans that it’s worth their time, as this is the first Ryan story that isn’t directly adapted from one of the novels, and looks like it’s turning the character into an action hero, rather than a guy who uses his smarts more than his muscles.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Chris Pine, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley
Release Date: January 17


Devil’s Due
If you’ve ever drawn a pentagram on the ground and performed a Satanic ritual in an effort to bring into existence a found footage horror movie that looks like somebody took Rosemary’s Baby and stripped it off all subtlety, Devil’s Due is the fruit of your labor. The film follows a newlywed couple that experiences a strange event on their honeymoon that leaves the wife pregnant and increasingly hostile. There’s no question that it’s the thing growing inside her that altered her behavior, but what is it and how do they stop it? I’m guessing this entire movie was crafted based solely on the shot in the trailer of the hand pushing out through the wife’s pregnant stomach. It’s a striking image, and is hopefully surrounded by a more interesting story than what the average found footage movie tends to deliver. Get it? Deliver?
Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett
Stars: Zach Gilford, Allison Miller, Steffie Grote
Release Date: January 17

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