Is your New Year’s resolution to see more movies? Well if that is the case, then this January movie list may not be the one you’re looking for. We had a number of big franchise releases at the end of 2017. But the best January has to offer are some relatively low key sequels. My guess is we’ll continue to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle near the top of the box office when these titles make their debuts. Here’s our January movie preview.
January 5th– Insidious: The Last Key
The fourth film in the franchise, Insidious: The Last Key will actually sit second in chronological order. The premise has parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye) back to investigate the haunting of her family home. Lots of spooky looking paranormal entities are hiding around every corner. I can’t speak to the quality of the movie, but the trailer creeped me out. So that’s probably a good sign for you horror fans.
January 12th– The Commuter, Paddington 2, Proud Mary
You know, Liam Neeson is always just minding his own business. But then sure enough, he’s forced into action when a threat pops up. In his latest film, The Commuter, he’s on a train going to work when a mysterious stranger gets him involved in a conspiracy that threatens his life, his family, and the rest of the passengers on the train. Sounds exactly like the type of movie you’d want from Liam Neeson.
Everyone’s favorite British bear is back in Paddington 2. The character best known from children’s books had a big screen adaptation in 2014. The sequel boasts an impressive, mostly British, cast on par with the likes of the Harry Potter films. With that being said, there are several actors who appear in both Harry Potter and Paddington 2. The plot has Paddington taking odd jobs in order to buy a gift. But as usual, things go off the rails from there.
Proud Mary has Taraji P. Henson playing an organized crime hitwoman. But her ruthless nature is tested after coming across a young boy during a botched hit. Expect an emotional performance from the award-winning actress.
January 19th– 12 Strong, Den of Thieves, Forever My Girl
Chris Hemsworth leads an all-star cast in 12 Strong, the true story of a small Special Forces team sent to Afghanistan immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. When they arrive, they must pursue the Taliban on horseback, creating even longer odds for the difficult mission. Along with Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, and Rob Riggle star.
Gerard Butler’s recent action films haven’t been the hits that we saw earlier in his career. But if nothing else, Den of Thieves, his new film, sure looks intense. Butler plays a member of an elite LA County Sheriff’s Dept. unit attempting to take down one of the most successful bank robbery teams in the state. A lot of big guns, explosions, and tense telephone calls are involved.
After watching the trailer for Forever My Girl, you’d be forgiven if you thought it was a new Nicholas Sparks movie. It’s not, but it has that general vibe. Alex Roe plays a country music star who returns to his home town to find that his former lady friend had a baby after he left her. Sure enough, that seven-year-old is his daughter. Such drama. Will he stick around to get to know his daughter? What about his music career? Why is he so sweaty throughout the trailer? A lot of questions with this one.
January 26th– Maze Runner: The Death Cure
The final chapter in the Maze Runner trilogy, The Death Cure is finally set for release. The film was delayed after star Dylan O’Brien was seriously injured early in the production process. Now we’ll finally see what happens to the few members of the group who are still alive after the first two films. There aren’t many of them. The plot has the group breaking into Last City, which is of course a labyrinth, in order to save their friends.
While many of the titles may not be familiar, the January movie list is actually a pretty good one. My pick is Maze Runner: The Death Cure. I’m interested to see how the story ends. It seems to be with a lot of running through mazes. I suppose that is to be expected. Happy New Year, movie fans!