Upcoming Releases, January

January is a mixed bag. Some of the major releases are awards movies, while the rest are projects dumped on audiences by the major studios.

Friday, January 2:
The Woman in Black 2 — This is a sequel to the moderately successful, moderately creepy film that starred Daniel Radcliffe. No Radcliffe here, but plenty of B movie scars.

Friday, January 9:
Inherent Vice — This movie opened in limited release in December and goes wide here. This is the latest from Paul Thomas Anderson, and looks to be some quirky fun.

Selma — This film chronicles three months in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. It not only feels important, it feels timely given our current climate. This is an early favorite for Best Picture.

Taken 3 — Liam Neeson is back one more time (so they say) as Brian Mills, the everyman constantly forced to use his special forces skills to beat back the bad guys.

Friday, January 16:
The Wedding Ringer — This comedy pairs Josh Gad as a groom in need of friends and Kevin Hart as a best man for hire. Expect comedy to ensue.

Paddington — This is a live-action film about the bear Paddington and his quest to find a new family.

Blackhat — The latest from director Michael Mann, this looks a lot like his re-imagining of "Miami Vice," this time in the world of computer hackers and starring "Thor's" Chris Hemsworth.

American Sniper — This is the latest from director Clint Eastwood, which opened in limited release last month. It features a great performance from Bradley Cooper in a difficult story to tell.

Friday, January 23:
Mortdecai — This screwball comedy stars Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow and centers on an unusual spy.

Stange Magic — An animated musical tale inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

The Boy Next Door — This is a film that tells the tale of an inappropriate affair Jennifer Lopez has with a neighboring teen, and the way it comes back to bite her.

Black or White — A touching family tale starring Kevin Costner. It's about a man having to raise his granddaughter following an accident.

Black Sea — This is the story of a treasure hunt in the middle of the ocean aboard a submarine. Jude Law takes a starring role.

Friday, January 30:
Project Almanac — The lone wide release on Super Bowl weekend, this one centers on teens who engage in time travel with some dangerous consequences.


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