- Austenland – a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with Mr. Darcy-as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice-is ruining her love life; no real man can compare. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. This movie is based on the book Austenland and the author, Shannon Hale, also wrote the screenplay. We have the book and the sequel Midnight in Austenland.
- Ender’s Game – Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion. The movie is also based on the Orson Scott Card book by the same name and Ender’s Game is the first in a series.
- Grace Unplugged – This movie has received the Dove approval for family viewing. Grace Trey is the ideal Christian teen who is also a phenomenal singer. But at the tender age of eighteen, after she gets the music break of a lifetime and is thrust into the “real world” – her faith is put to the test
- All is Lost – After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face. There is a single cast member, Robert Redford, and the film’s script is nearly dialogue-free and only 32 pages long.
- The Counselor – A rich and successful lawyer, the Counselor, is about to get married to his fiancée but soon becomes entangled in a complex drug plot with a middle-man known as Westray. The plan ends up taking a horrible twist and he must protect himself and his soon to be bride as the truth of the drug business is uncovered and targets are eliminated.
- The Jungle Book – Disney’s rather loose retelling of the Kipling story.
- Khumba – Rejected by his superstitious herd, a half-striped zebra embarks on a daring quest to earn his stripes but finds the courage and self-acceptance to save all the animals of the Great Karoo. Animated
- The Americans, season 1 – Two Soviet intelligence agents pose as a married couple to spy on the American government. This was nominated for an Emmy and won the Television Critics Association award for Outstanding New Program of the Year. The series stars Keri Russell whom can also watch in Austenland!
- Best Man Holiday – When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited. This grossed over $70 million when it was released over the holiday season. I wonder how the DVD will do. Do you want to watch a Christmas movie in February?