Hey, welcome, it’s 2020!
With 2019 (mostly) wrapped up (‘1917’ feels like the slowest movie rollout of all time), it’s time to look ahead at what is releasing in the months of January. I’ll give you the synopsis (via Google), cast (via good ole Wikipedia), a trailer if we have it and my quick thoughts on the movie!
2019 was a great year, will 2020 match its success?
DIRECTOR: Nicolas Pesce
CAST: Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Jacki Weaver
After a young mother murders her family in her own house, a single mother and detective tries to investigate and solve the case. Later, she discovers the house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.
THOUGHTS: It’s like the first one, but this time the dude is in the shower!
DIRECTOR: William Eubank
CAST: Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, T.J. Miller
Mysterious creatures terrorize crew members aboard a research station located seven miles below the surface of the ocean.
THOUGHTS: Stewart is an underrated actress and it looks pretty eerie, but you just never know with January horror/thriller releases.
DIRECTOR: Miguel Arteta
CAST: Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Coolidge, Billy Porter
Best friends Mia and Mel run their own cosmetics company -- a business they built from the ground up. But they're also in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a buyout offer from an industry titan proves too tempting to pass up. The beauty business is now about to get ugly as the proposal puts Mia and Mel's lifelong friendship to the ultimate test.
THOUGHTS: Oh no… no, no, no…
DIRECTOR: Andrea Di Stefano
CAST: Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common, Ana de Armas, Clive Owen
Recruited by the FBI, ex-con and former special operations soldier Pete Koslow uses his covert skills to try and take down the General -- the most powerful crime boss in New York. When a sting results in the death of an undercover cop, Pete suddenly finds himself caught in the crossfire between the mob and the FBI. Forced to return to prison, Koslow must now come up with a plan to escape from the clutches of the law and the General to save himself and his family.
THOUGHTS: This already released in the UK and it’s apparently not very good.
DIRECTOR: Anthony Jerjen
CAST: Josh Hartnett, Margarita Levieva, Chandler Riggs, Bruce Dern, Owen Teague
For siblings Kip and Josie, dealing opioids isn't just their family business -- it's their only means of survival. When a deal goes fatally wrong, Kip decides he wants out for good. But his attempt to escape his family's legacy soon ignites a powder keg of violence and betrayal, endangering Kip, Josie and their younger brother.
THOUGHTS: Holy shit, JOSH HARTNETT is still acting!?
DIRECTOR: Stephen Gaghan
CAST: Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Marion Cotillard
Dr. John Dolittle lives in solitude behind the high walls of his lush manor in 19th-century England. His only companionship comes from an array of exotic animals that he speaks to on a daily basis. But when young Queen Victoria becomes gravely ill, the eccentric doctor and his furry friends embark on an epic adventure to a mythical island to find the cure.
THOUGHTS: I want to believe in Robert Downey Jr. here, but something about this screams big-budget box office flop…
DIRECTOR: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
CAST: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Núñez, Kate del Castillo, Nicky Jam, Joe Pantoliano
Old-school cops Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett team up to take down the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel. Newly created elite team AMMO of the Miami police department along with Mike and Marcus go up against the ruthless Armando Armas.
THOUGHTS: The trailer music rules, but you sort of know what you’re going to get here, if the action is awesome then it’ll be a crowd-pleaser.
DIRECTOR: Todd Robinson
CAST: Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Samuel L. Jackson
Airman William H. Pitsenbarger Jr. is awarded the Medal of Honor for his service and actions on the battlefield.
THOUGHTS: A lot of big names, but it just feels incredibly bland.
DIRECTOR: Floria Sigismondi
CAST: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, Joely Richardson
A young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents. A modern take on Henry James' novella The Turn of the Screw.
THOUGHTS: How many movies can Finn Wolfhard possibly star in? Oh, the movie looks fine, by the way, maybe the best of the crop?
DIRECTOR: Guy Ritchie
CAST: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant
Mickey Pearson is an American expatriate who became rich by building a marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he's looking to cash out of the business, it soon triggers an array of plots and schemes from those who want his fortune.
THOUGHTS: Everything about this feels like it will be great, even the Rotten Tomatoes scores are decent from early screenings, but I have a slight pause that it may be a letdown. Regardless, I will be there on opening night.
DIRECTOR: Aneesh Chaganty
CAST: Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen, Luke Gross
Raised in total isolation by her mother, a teenage girl's life begins to unravel as she discovers her mother's sinister secret in this captivating thriller from the creators of the hit movie ‘Searching’.
THERE IS SERIOUSLY NO TRAILER YET?
THOUGHTS: Aneesh Chaganty made the movie ‘Searching’, which played out entirely through the use of computer and phone screens. It was awesome, creative, unique and I can’t wait for his follow up movie.
DIRECTOR: Reed Morano
CAST: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown
Stephanie Patrick veers down a path of self-destruction after a tragic plane crash kills her family. When Stephanie discovers it wasn't an accident, she soon embarks on a bloody quest for revenge to punish those responsible.
THOUGHTS: IIIIIIII DON’T KNOW JIM! (Love Blake Lively, this looks tough…)
DIRECTOR: Oz Perkins
CAST: Sophia Lillis, Sammy Leakey, Charles Babalola, Alice Krige
A girl and her younger brother unwittingly stumble upon the house of an evil witch in the dark woods.
THOUGHTS: “Yeah, it’s just Hansel and Gretel but let’s swap the names around to make it sound new and edgy.” Ha ha oh man, absolutely not.
What movie from this month of January are you most looking forward to seeing?