We are inundated with choices of what to watch at the multiplex or in our own living rooms. To help narrow your decision, here are some recommended double features to pair with this week’s new releases: The 15:17 to Paris, Fifty Shades Freed and Peter Rabbit.
The 15:17 to Paris / United 93
Based on the real events of the 2015 Tahlys train attack, The 15:17 to Paris follows three Americans who discover a terrorist plot while traveling in France. Similarly, United 93 is the story of the titular flight on September 11th, 2001. The film unfolds in real-time and explores why one of the hijacked planes on that infamous day never reached its intended target. Both films are remarkable accounts of valor from ordinary people who risk their lives to save complete strangers. The 15:17 to Paris has been garnering attention because the three leads actually play themselves. United 93 also used this tactic for some of the supporting characters on the ground, including air traffic commander Ben Sliney. If intense recreations about real-life heroes sounds up your alley, these two are worthy of your time.
Fifty Shades Freed / Secretary
“Before Fifty Shades of Grey, there was Secretary,” reads the description for Steven Shainberg’s erotic dramedy, a film that has gained renewed appreciation and relevance thanks to Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Those adaptations of E.L. James’ bestselling novels need no introduction. Fifty Shades Freed, the third and final installment, is reportedly the most entertaining entry yet. In Secretary, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a woman fresh out a mental hospital who gets a job for a high-strung lawyer played by James Spader. Let’s just say things go far and beyond the norms of boss-employee relationships. Valentine’s Day is coming up and this double feature is perfect for those looking to put a kink in their plans.
Peter Rabbit / Shaun the Sheep Movie
And now for something completely different! Unlike this week’s other pairings, this double feature plays for the entire family. Based on the beloved books by Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit follows the vegetable farm antics between that rascal hare (voiced here by James Corden) and Farmer McGregor (played by Domnhall Gleeson). Meanwhile, Shaun the Sheep Movie finds a mischievous flock sneaking away from the farm for an adventure in the city. This double bill is full of lighthearted physical comedy and is a safe choice for all ages.