Before we look at the new releases for January 2015, let’s just get honest about something. This time of year pretty much sucks for movies. People are still adjusting to life after the holidays, they have less money to spend at the box-office and it’s usually cold outside. As a result, we tend to see an interesting configuration of genres and titles during that first month of the year and 2015 is no exception. Here’s what’s on tap:
Friday, January 2
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death - There’s a sequel to this dreadful movie but at least Daniel Radcliffe learned after the first one. It’s scary. There’s a woman in black and bad things happen. Disclaimer: I didn’t put more description into this movie because I’m too terrified to watch the trailer.
[REC] 4: Apocalypse – It seems like the first week of January is reserved for horror films since this one follows Angela Vidal, an unlucky sole survivor of horrific events who wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility. Is she infected with a mysterious virus? Does she remember what happens? Everyone, including Angela, wants to know.
Friday, January 9
Selma – With all that has been happening in the world, this is a timely movie about the historic struggle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he fought for the voting rights of all people. It tells the tale of the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that eventually forced President Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Taken 3 – You’ve seen (and loved) the first two so it doesn’t really matter what this was about because you’re going to see it anyway! It’s Liam Neeson being a badass which is irresistible. Instead of his daughter being the target this time, it’s his ex-wife who is murdered. After he’s accused of the crime, he sets out to find the real killer and dish out his own brand of justice.
Friday, January 16
The Wedding Ringer – The ads and trailer for this actually look pretty decent. Kevin Hart stars as a man who provides professional “best man” services to grooms who are socially awkward. The goal is to make them seem cooler than they are. When he meets Doug Harris (Josh Gad), he knows it’s going to be a challenge but their budding bromance might make it all worth it.
Blackhat – I guess Chris Hemsworth is tired of being a superhero and, instead, is starring in this film where he hunts down a high-level cybercrime network. His global quest takes him from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.
American Sniper – This movie is going to spark some conversations since the trailer alone is enough to leave audiences squirming. Based on the real life of U.S. Navy Seal, Chris Kyle, the film follows the life and career of the man who would eventually be dubbed the “Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.” The movie highlights the struggles associated with this job as well as juggling the responsibilities of a husband and father.
Friday, January 23
The Boy Next Door – This is one of those cautionary tales wrapped up in a psychological thriller. A single mom finds herself living a nightmare when she becomes attracted to the teenage boy who has moved in next door. He strikes up a friendship with her son and things get pretty crazy from there.
Mortdecai – Johnny Depp continues to kill his career with roles like “debonair art dealer and part time rogue,” Charlie Mortdecai. He relies on his charm and good looks as he races around the world in search of a stolen painting that may lead him to a treasure trove of Nazi gold. Yep, can’t make this stuff up.
Friday, January 30
Project Almanac – There are no household names in this film and very little experience among the stars (but, hey, they could say the same for the first Star Wars cast!) so it could be interesting. The plot follows a high school genius and his friends after they discover blueprints for a device that could give them unlimited potential while simultaneously being extremely dangerous.
What are you going to see in theaters in January? I’m leaning towards Selma, Taken 3, The Wedding Ringer and American Sniper.