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Lisa Frankenstein releases in theaters February 9, 2024 (Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse / Photo Focus Features)

LISA FRANKENSTEIN

  • By SAMANTHA COLWELL

Cole Sprouse playing a hundreds-of-years-old reanimated corpse in an 80s horror/comedy/romance inspired by a classic novel? Looks like the monster heyday isn’t over.

This tongue-in-cheek retelling of Mary Shelley’s iconic horror work Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus centers around Lisa Swallows, a 1980s goth who brings a Victorian corpse back to life by employing a broken tanning machine and a lightning storm. Lisa is played by Kathryn Newton, known for roles such as Cassie in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Abigail in Big Little Lies, and the older version of Claire in Supernatural. Sprouse takes the role of the reanimated corpse; his long career spans roles including Cody in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Jughead Jones in Riverdale, andRoss’s son Ben in Friends. Other cast members include Liza Soberano (of Filipino television stardom) and Carla Gugino (The Fall of the House of Usher, Spy Kids, Night at the Museum).

Fans of iconic 2000s movies like Jennifer’s Body and Juno will rejoice at Diablo Cody’s return to the screen. Cody took a hiatus from screenwriting to craft the book for the Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill, an Alanis Morissette jukebox musical, which won the Tony for “Best Book of a Musical” after its 2019 premiere.

Lisa Frankenstein hits theaters on February 9, 2024.

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Dune: Part Two releases in theaters March 1, 2024 (Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet / Photo Warner Bros.)

DUNE: PART TWO

  • By KENNE HOFFMAN

A handful of names come to mind as the pioneers of the Sci-Fi Genre. Isaac Azimov, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, and Frank Herbert are names that must be on that list. Each contributed rich alternative environments and character driven narratives. Several films and television series have been created based upon Frank Herbert’s best-selling “Dune” series of novels which won multiple awards and have sold almost twenty million copies worldwide in dozens of languages.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, (Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name, Wonka). Living on the spice diet of the Fremen people, the heir to a noble family is tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for.

Dune: Part Two will explore the mythic journey of Atreides as he unites with Chani (Zendaya, Spider-Man No Way Home, The Greatest Showman) and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Paul’s abilities increase dramatically, enabling him to foresee future events and gaining respect from the Fremen, who regard him as their prophesied Messiah. He must fight for the fate of the known universe to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

Dune: Part Two premieres in theaters March 1, 2024.

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Argylle in theaters February 2, 2024 (Dua Lipa and Henry Cavill)

ARGYLLE

  • By RICH ANDREW

Known for his saucy action features, director Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Blue Blood) will undoubtedly kick some major box office ass with his latest flick. The story follows Elly Conway, a prolific author famous for creating a popular series about a fictional secret agent named Argylle. Out on a book tour with her newest novel, she meets Aidan, a fan on the train who turns out to be a real life spy. When another passenger tries to suddenly stab Elly, Aidan makes a mess of the perpetrator with his quick reflexes and impressive moves. As it turns out, the plot of Elly’s latest book coincides all too well with the actual covert operations of some underground consortium, and they have just made Elly their next target. What follows is an explosive romp into the dangerous world of espionage where Aidan must protect Elly while the powers that be pick her clever brain for what outrageous machinations their enemies might pull off next. With a star-studded cast that features Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World Dominion), Henry Cavill (The Witcher), Sam Rockwell (See How They Run), Bryan Cranston (Your Honor), Catherine O’Hara (Pain Hustlers), Dua Lipa (Barbie), Ariana DeBose (I.S.S.), John Cena (WWE Smackdown!), Sofia Boutella (Rogue Heroes), and Samuel L. Jackson (What If…?), Argylle promises to be one killer ride.

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Madame Web releases in theaters February 16, 2024 (Dakota Johnson / Photo Marvel)

MADAME WEB

  • By KENNE HOFFMAN

Growing up a fan of comics and 60’s/70’s super-hero television, I usually gravitated to DC characters and storylines. Fans usually have a strong alliance to one side or the other. It is an unexpected surprise that in recent years, I have gravitated more to Marvel comics, films, and television series. I am unsure of the reason behind this but have enjoyed discovering a whole new (multi) Universe from Marvel. The newest addition to the Sony/Marvel Universe is a stand-alone origin story of one of Marvel’s most enigmatic heroines. Madame Web (she first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #210 in 1980) and the film is a switch from the typical genre. She is usually depicted as an elderly woman on a life support system resembling a spider web.

Cassandra Webb (Dakota Johnson, 50 Shades Series, The Lost Daughter) was born in Salem Oregon, without typical sight due to a neurological condition. Madame Web is a suspense-driven thriller about an everyday woman who develops the power to see the future and quickly realizes she can use that insight to change it. Her powers cause her to discover Peter Parker’s identity as Spider-Man when he rescues one of her students. Madame Web joins forces with Spider-Man to protect others and to protect his identity. This isan important addition to the Spider-Man Universe as her powers and ties to the multiverse open possibilities for future crossovers and being set in the same timeline and universe as Morbius and the Venom movies creates a fertile ground for interconnected stories.

In theaters February 14, 2024. For more, click here.