Happy New Year!!!
With the end of one year, a new beginning arrives bringing with it untold stories of adventure and drama. Though January is typically seen either as a dumping ground for films that couldn’t compete against other films or the larger release for films previously limited, that doesn’t mean that there strong contenders for a good time at the cinema. Below are nine films that may just offer you a few surprises this month. Whether this is the first time you’re hearing of them or this just whets your appetite further before their impending release, there’s a little something for everyone to kick off 2018.
Insidious: The Last Key
Director: Adam Robitel
Cast: Lin Shaye, Jason Blum, Oren Peli, Kirk Acevedi, and Bruce Davison.
Lin Shaye returns as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home. (Summary courtesy of the official YouTube trailer.)
The Strange Ones
Director: Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein
Cast: James Freedson-Jackson, Alex Pettyfer, Emily Althaus, Gene Jones, Owen Campbell, Tobias Campbell, and Marin Ireland.
Mysterious events surround two travelers (Freedson-Jackson and Pettyfer) as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets. (Summary courtesy of the official YouTube trailer.)
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Sam Neill, and Elizabeth McGovern.
Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers. (Summary courtesy of the official YouTube trailer.)
Director: Babak Najafi
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Neal McDonough, Danny Glover, Xander Berkeley, and Jahi Di’Allo Winston.
Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad. (Summary courtesy of the official YouTube trailer.)
Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, Taylor Sheridan, William Fichtner, Michael Peña, Geoff Stults, Rob Riggle, Trevante Rhodes, Austin Stowell, Navid Negahban, and Michael Shannon.
Set in the harrowing days following 9/11, a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners. (Summary courtesy of the official YouTube trailer.)
Den of Thieves
Director: Christian Gudegast
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jordan Bridges, Pablo Schreiber, Evan Jones, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., and Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson.
Den of Thieves is a gritty Los Angeles crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles. (Summary courtesy of the official YouTube trailer.)
Director: Damon Cardasis
Cast: Luka Kain, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, and Marquis Rodriguez.
Saturday Church tells the story of 14-year-old Ulysses, a shy and effeminate boy, who finds himself coping with new responsibilities as “man of the house” after the death of his father. Living alongside his mother, younger brother, and conservative aunt, Ulysses is also struggling with questions about his gender identity. He finds an escape by creating a world of fantasy filled with dance and music. Ulysses’ journey takes a turn for the better when he encounters a vibrant transgender community, who take him to “Saturday Church,” a program for LGBTQ youth. Ulysses manages to keep his two worlds apart; appeasing his aunt and discovering his passion for the NYC ball scene, and voguing, until his double life is revealed. Ulysses must find the courage to be who he truly is, all while risking losing those he cares about most. (Summary courtesy of the official YouTube trailer.)
The Leisure Seeker
Director: Paolo Virzi
Cast: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Janel Moloney, Christian McKay, Dana Ivey, and Dick Gregory.
The film stars Academy Award-winner® Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner® Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, travelling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. (Summary courtesy of the official YouTube trailer.)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Director: Wes Ball
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rosa Salazar, Kaya Scodelario, Aiden Gillen, and Patricia Clarkson.
In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. (Summary courtesy of the official YouTube trailer.)