According to many movie experts, January is one of the worst months of the year for movie selections. Well, these “experts” couldn’t be more wrong, because we have four great and diverse options for all you theater-goers to check out this weekend. We’ve got a comedy, action, drama and, of course, one for the kids. For those of you who just can’t resist a good, old-fashioned buddy comedy involving a former rapper and a tiny comedian, then you might want to check out Ride Along 2.
The thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is for those certain moviegoers looking for a unique combination of non-stop action, true-to-life storytelling and a buffed up, gun-wielding John Krasinski like you’ve never seen him before. For lighter and more kid-friendly fare, check out Norm, the metropolitan polar bear, in the animated feature Norm of the North. But if culture and drama are what you seek this weekend, then look no further than the Oscar-nominated Turkish film Mustang.
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are back together in the buddy cop comedy sequel Ride Along 2, which opens wide today. This installment has new police graduate and aspiring detective Ben (Hart) tagging along with his old pal and future brother-in-law James (Cube) on a highly dangerous assignment in Miami. The two must track down a fugitive criminal (Ken Jeong) and bring down a powerful drug lord (Benjamin Bratt) — just hours before Ben’s wedding to James’s sister. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Ride Along 2
Rob Schneider voices Norm in the animated comedy Norm of the North, opening all across Canada today. Norm is a polar bear who feels out of place in the Arctic: he doesn’t eat meat or hunt like the other bears and he actually likes the human tourists who come to visit. But with the ice caps increasingly melting, there’s no more room for tourists — or even Norm. Displaced from his home, Norm travels with his three lemming friends to New York and happens upon a job as mascot for a corporation. Little does he know that the corporation plans to build luxury condominiums in the Arctic. Now it’s Norm’s job to stop a greedy developer (Ken Jeong) from completely destroying his Arctic home. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Norm of the North
Opening in select cities across Canada today and wide next week, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi follows a group of CIA security contractors (John Krasinski, James Badge Dale) sent to Benghazi, Lybia to protect an American ambassador and his staff who are under attack by Islamic militants — on the exact 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, this action flick depicts the real 2012 Benghazi attack on an American diplomatic compound. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Mustang is a Turkish coming-of-age drama following the lives of five sisters and their struggle to fight against the confines of their strict Turkish community. It all begins when the five young girls are spotted by their intrusive neighbor as they’re playing with some male classmates after school. This neighbor considers their behavior to be scandalous and quickly reports them to their grandmother and uncle, setting off a chain of events that turns their once normal home into a prison — literally — bars are installed on their windows. As the older sisters are forced to take virginity tests and enter into arranged marriages, the younger ones are determined to avoid the same fate. Mustang opens today in Toronto and other select cities across Canada later in January. Click here for showtimes.