Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers. Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about. Movie release dates are subject to change.
There is only one wide release movie to talk about in the first week of what has been traditionally knows as the studio dump month of January. That movie is The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death from Hammer Films. No Daniel Radcliffe this time around, but the spooks look to be about on par with the original. The Hobbit has a good chance of repeating its two week dominance at the Box Office pulpit considering the weak new entry into the market. By the publishing date of this blog, we will have seen Peter Jackson’s latest fantasy epic twice. Oh, why not spoil ourselves? But without further adieu, here is the trailer for the new chilly horror fare.
The second week of January brings us the third movie in the Bryan Mills trilogy. Taken 3 will make sure that no American will ever want to travel to Europe again (according to Liam Neeson, and who are we to argue?). A Most Violent Year stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in a drama set in 1981 New York during a period of high criminal activity as an immigrant attempts to protect his business interests. If you like reading subtitled movies or are fluent in said languages, there is the German-speaking Beloved Sisters and the Dutch It’s All So Quiet. Our money is on Liam Neeson and his third go-around in the Taken franchise. Here is the trailer.
Chris Hemsworth takes a break from swinging a giant hammer to portray a man released from prison to pursue a cyber-killer in the thriller Blackhat. A shy groom hires a friend to coach him in the art of impressing his future in-laws in The Wedding Ringer, starring Josh Gad, Kevin Hart, and Kaley Cuoco. Everyone’s favorite english teddy bear, Paddington, gets the big screen treatment as well, starring Nicole Kidman and the voice talent of Ben Whishaw in the title role. In Escobar, a young surfer finds the woman of his dreams only to find out she is the niece of the infamous drug cartel leader, with Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro. Spare Parts depicts four Hispanic students who start a robotics club with no experience and limited budget and eventually take on the renowned robotics team at MIT in the national championships. And in the film, Still Alice, a renowned writer is afflicted with a condition that causes her to forget words. Julianne Moore is in the lead role as Alice Howland. Blackhat is looking like the pick of the bunch for us. What do you think?
Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman star in a steamy thriller about a divorced woman who falls for a young man with a terrible secret in The Boy Next Door. Mortdecai stars Johnny Depp as an art dealer who tracks down a stolen painting which holds the key to a bank account filled with Nazi wealth. The movie also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, and Ewan MacGregor. Jude Law stars in Black Sea, about a submarine captain who accepts a job with an unsavory employer finding a sunken treasure. And Red Army documents the most dominant international hockey team the world may ever see. Mortdecai looks like the winner of the group here. But Black Sea also looks quite intriguing.
The last weekend of January brings with it Project Almanac, about a group of kids who come across design plans for a time machine, build it, and then reap the consequences of their actions. Olivia Wilde stars in The Lazarus Effect who stars in this Flatliners-type thriller about the dead being brought back to life. And in Max, a service dog in Afghanistan is adopted back home by his handlers after experiencing trauma, starring Thomas Hayden Church. Project Almanac might not make us relive the good ol’ Back to the Future days, but it may just be the best January 30th has to offer.
Happy New Year Everyone!
The Great Stories Team