Movies in January!


First things first, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! :)

Now, jumping right into it, January always is a slow month for great movies, in my opinion. We have some movies that may seem entertaining but don't exactly scream "run to the theater" -- and as always, we have some films that are getting their wide releases & spilling over from limited release in December to a wider release in January. Those are usually the ones I tend to see in January, if I haven't yet. This year is no different.

There isn't anything new being released this month that's really got me excited to go to the movies (which is really hard to do). There's maybe one new one I actually might see in the theater and that's honestly mostly because of diversity in film reasons. 

So my list this month is a little different.

My main list of films to watch are all on my "maaaaybe list" this month and are not definitely "must-sees" for me. I might see these in theaters this month. I'm also listing my usual "if it's your jam" list below as well!

Oh, another thing, I can't help but talk about really quick -- and the film I've been waiting for (since the release of Captain America: Civil War came out) is FINALLY premiering next month in February, BLACK PANTHER. Also, Annihilation starring one of my favorite gals in the biz, Gina Rodriguez!!! :)

But I shouldn't get ahead of myself though -- back to this month!

It's January, so let me dive into a few films that may seem like entertaining, interesting ones that I might end up seeing in the theater this month!

  • Please Stand By
  • Proud Mary
  • Den of Thieves
  • 12 Strong
  • Small Town Crime

PLEASE STAND BY (Comedy / Drama)


Boldly go!

Actress Dakota Fanning stars in this one, directed by Ben Lewin (The Watch, The Sessions), about a young autistic woman who runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her 500-page manuscript to a "Star Trek" writing competition.

Upon first seeing this trailer, it made me all giddy because I love watching Dakota Fanning on screen. Secondly, this premise really intrigued me. I loved the line in the trailer, "Do you know how hard it is to write something, because the story you want to tell means so much to you?" Oh yes, I love that line. Fanning really looks like she's going to be great in this comedy-drama!

She stars alongside Toni Collete and Alice Eve. You can catch Please Stand By when it hits theaters, on demand, iTunes, and Amazon Video all on the same day, on January 26th.

PROUD MARY (Thriller / Drama)


The Mother of all assassins.

Taraji P. Henson is back on the big screen! We last saw her (in theaters) in the award winning film, and one of my favorites, Hidden Figures! She stars this time as "a hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Mary's (Henson) life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes awry."*

One of the reasons I'm listing this movie is because I absolutely love the fact that we have a black woman starring in a film where she seems to be kicking ass and taking names! I'm all for that! Also, it's good to see Henson starring in a wider range of films, including last year's Hidden Figures!

See Taraji P. Henson command the screen, again, in Proud Mary, when it fires into theaters on January 12th


DEN OF THIEVES (Action / Crime / Drama)


No fear. No mercy. No surrender.

"A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew, as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank."*

I love seeing a good heist movie, especially in the theater. We have a scruffy Gerard Butler back in action as the head of the elite unit, but are the good guys really the bad ones?! 

Check out Den of Thieves when it rolls into theaters on January 19th.


12 STRONG (Action / Drama / History)


50,000 enemy fighters. 12 soldiers. 1 chance at victory.

12 Strong "tells the declassified true story of the first Special Forces team (also known as the Horse Soldiers) deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban."*

Marvel's very own Thor (because he'll always be Thor to me), Chris Hemsworth, stars in this historical drama about a team of heros that stepped up right after 9/11 to fight the Taliban. I'm excited about Michael Peña in this as well, because Michael Peña is one of those actors who's just great in anything! :)

Breakout star Trevante Rhodes, from the Oscar winning film Moonlight, also stars with Michael Shannon. Check out 12 Strong, in theaters on January 19th



Doing the right thing the wrong way.

"An alcoholic ex-cop finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent on finding the killer but unwittingly puts his family in danger and gets caught up with several dark characters along the way."*

Thrillers are a favorite of mine, but this one seems to have some comedy sprinkled on it as well! John Hawkes stars and the cast is rounded out with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Anthony Anderson, Robert Forster, and Clifton Collins, Jr.! This one looks like it may be a bit of fun at the movies! 

This indie film, Small Town Crime, drops into theaters on January 19th.

If It's Your Jam!

Here are a few more films that may interest you (but I'm definitely going to pass on this time around):

  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure - January 26th.
  • The Commuter - January 12.
  • Insidious: The Last Key - January 5th.
  • Paddington 2 - January 12th.

That's a wrap on January! Let me know if any of these fancy your interest and if you end up seeing any of them. 

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Cheers to a new year at the movies!! 

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(*Movie quotes taken from IMDB; all movie posters belong to their respective owners.)