Deadpool Nobody was particularly happy with the way Marvel's "merc with a mouth" was depicted in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but 20th Century Fox is still giving him a shot at his very own feature – and with Ryan Reynolds back in the role, no less. Wow, imagine if Ben Affleck had gotten another crack at Daredevil instead of failing upward into Batman (and after Reynolds helped screw up Green Lantern, to boot). An R-rated feature about a fourth-wall-busting antihero is enough of a risk as it is, but there are already signs that Deadpool could be a decent-sized hit. For one thing, some of my more whacked-out friends have declared it their date movie for Valentine's Day. (R)
How to Be Single And just in time for Valentine's Day, here's the story of a naive paralegal whose obese friend indoctrinates her into the world of big-city promiscuity. Thanks, producer Drew Barrymore! Your homespun values are always a rock. Survival Tip No. 1: If you squint your eyes just right, you can almost convince yourself that Rebel Wilson is Aidy Bryant. (R)
Zoolander 2 As strange as it seems in retrospect, the release of the first Zoolander was the subject of considerable controversy: The studio was genuinely concerned that audiences might not be ready for a wide-release comedy so soon after Sept. 11, 2001. A comfortable 14 and a half years later, a sequel is finally ready for release ... just in time to remind us that David Bowie was in the original. Ladies and gentlemen, America's feel-good franchise! In this second installment, Derek and Hansel have to thwart a conspiracy to murder the world's most beautiful people. Just think for a second: If you feel perfectly safe heading to the theater, what does that say about your self-image? (PG-13)
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