Upcoming Releases — January
We've turned the calendar to a new month — January, the place where new movies often go to die. The hottest ticket the next month will still be "Star Wars" or whatever awards season film is en vogue. But that won't stop studios from jumping new chaff on us each week.
Friday, January 8:
The Revenant — Technically this was released in limited fashion on Christmas Day. But it goes wide here and will likely be an awards season contender.
The Forest — You'd think October was the ideal time for horror films. While many do come out then, it is these lean winter months where they pop up. Such is, "The Forest."
Friday, January 15:
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi — This isn't your typical film from Michael Bay. It's an action story, yes, but it's also a true story and a political football. It will be interesting to see how Bay melds his typical style with a more serious story.
Ride Along 2 — Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are back as mismatched cops who are also family. Hilarity ensues.
Norm of the North — Our first animated film of the new year, and a bit of family-friendly counter programming.
Friday, January 22:
The 5th Wave — This is the latest Young Adult franchise that is trying to become a film franchise. A January release date isn't promising, and Chloe Grace Moretz is no Jennifer Lawrence. This looks like a reach.
Dirty Grandpa — A gross out comedy road trip film starring Zac Efron (expected) and Robert De Niro (not expected). I don't know what to make of this...
The Boy — Another nondescript horror release for the new year. This time it's a woman trapped in a house with a doll that may or may not be the vengeful spirit of a real boy.
Friday, January 29:
The Finest Hours — This might be the most interesting release in January. Based on a true story, this is the tale of the most daring rescue in the history of the Coast Guard.
Kung Fu Panda 3 — The third installment in this popular animated franchise. Jack Black is back and laughs will ensue... for the kids.
Fifty Shades of Black — A Wayan Brothers send up of "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Jane's Got a Gun — This long gestating western starring Natalie Portman is finally getting a release. Not sure if that's a good thing, based on reports.