January is typically seen as a dumping ground for studios. Where the films that hit theaters aren’t viewed as attention-grabbers in any way shape or form, but they made the things, so why not release them after all the Awards-centric films are out but before the February upswing. Considering the various places to watch films, the notion that there’s nothing in theaters to see come January is not only archaic, but insulting. For starters, here’s a list of 15 films hitting theaters this month.
State Like Sleep
Director: Meredith Danluck.
Cast: Katherine Waterston, Michiel Huisman, Luke Evans, Michael Shannon, and Mary Kay Place.
One year after her husband’s (Michiel Huisman) untimely death, a young widow (Katherine Waterston) receives an unsettling phone call that forces her to revisit the past.
Swing Kids (Limited)
Director: Kang Hyoung-Chul.
Cast: Doh Kyung-Soo, Jared Grimes, Park Hye-Su, Oh Jung-Se, and Kim Min-Ho.
In this swinging musical drama set during the Korean War, the soldiers at a POW camp plan a tap show to distract both themselves and the prisoners from the hardships of war. Led by a former Broadway dancer and a rebellious North Korean soldier, the band of prisoners find a new sense of freedom in dancing.
Director: Adam Robitel
Cast: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani with Yorick van Wageningen.
Escape Room is a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.
On The Basis Of Sex (Wide)
Director: Mimi Leder.
Cast: Felcity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, and Cailee Spaeny.
The film tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination. The feature will premiere in 2018 in line with Justice Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court.
Director: Neil Burger.
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Hart, and Julianna Margulies.
The Upside is director Neil Burger’s heartfelt comedy about a recently paroled ex-convict (Hart) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Cranston).
A Dog’s Way Home
Director: Charles Martin Smith.
Cast: Barry Watson, Alexandra Shipp, Ashley Judd, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human.
Director: Jeffery Nachmanoff.
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, Emjay Anthony, and John Ortiz.
In this sci-fi thriller, neuro-scientist William Foster (Reeves) is on the verge of successfully transferring human consciousness into a computer when his family is tragically killed in a car crash. Desperate to resurrect them, William recruits fellow scientist Ed Whittle (Middleditch) to help him secretly clone their bodies and create replicas. But he soon faces a “Sophie’s choice” when it turns out that they can only bring three of the four family members back to life.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan.
Cast: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard, and Sarah Paulson.
M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016’s Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass.
From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.
Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
Don’t Come Back From The Moon (Limited)
Director: Bruce Thierry Cheung.
Cast: James Franco, Rashida Jones, and Jeff Wahlberg.
Don’t Come Back From The Moon is a story of abandonment, when all the men in a remote California desert town walk away from their families, one by one. They leave their angry, frustrated sons and daughters behind — kids who act out, engage in acts of petty burglary and vandalism, and look for love and family connection in the aftermath of their abandonment, all the while trying to understand why their fathers have “gone to the moon,” leaving them to traverse the difficult path to adulthood alone.
All These Small Moments
Director: Melissa B. Miller Costanzo.
Cast: Molly Ringwald, Brian d’Arcy James, Brendan Meyer, Sam McCarthy, Harley Quinn Smith, and Jemima Kirke.
A teenage boy’s infatuation with a woman he sees on the bus further complicates his already tumultuous adolescence.
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek
Director: Henry Dunham.
Cast: James Badge Dale, Chris Mulkey, Brian Geraghty, Robert Aramayo, Patrick Fischler, Happy Anderson, and Gene Jones.
In The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, after a shooting at a police funeral, reclusive ex-cop Gannon (Dale) finds himself unwittingly forced out of retirement when he realizes that the killer belongs to the same militia he joined after quitting the force. Understanding that the shooting could set off a chain reaction of copycat violence across the country, Gannon quarantines his fellow militiamen in the remote lumber mill they call their headquarters. There, he sets about a series of grueling interrogations, intent on ferreting out the killer and turning him over to the authorities to prevent further bloodshed.
King Of Thieves
Director: James Marsh.
Cast: Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Charlie Cox, Paul Whitehouse, Michael Gambon, and Ray Winstone.
A true crime film about a crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London’s jewelry district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed. Based on infamous true events.
Director: Steven Knight.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Strong, and Diane Lane.
From the creative mind of Oscar nominee Steven Knight comes a daringly original, sexy, stylized thriller. Baker Dill (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her – and their young son – from her new, violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead. Karen’s appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he’d tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.
The Kid Who Would Be King
Director: Joe Cornish.
Cast: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, with Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart.
Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure The Kid Who Would Be King. Alex (Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.
The Final Wish
(One-Night Only Event)
Director: Timothy Woodward Jr.
Cast: Michael Welch, Lin Shaye, Tony Todd, Spencer Locke, and Melissa Bolona.
With the unexpected passing of his father, Aaron (Welch) tries to come to terms with his grief while supporting his devastated mother (Shaye). Sifting through his father’s belongings, Aaron comes upon an Urn that is far more than it seems. As his wants and wishes start coming true, Aaron thinks his prayers have been answered until he realizes the price of this good fortune is much more than he bargained for.
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