Winter Movie Preview: January 2016

Welcome to the shitshow that is January movies.

January 1

The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino’s latest isn’t performing well as his other historical-revisionist movies, which is too bad, because it’s the best of the lot.

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January 8

Anomalisa

One of the best films of 2015. It’s kind of weird and surreal, but it’s also intensely human, and swings between morose and funny and sad and romantic and painful and hopeful—basically the whole of the human experience is in this one movie. Not enough attention is being paid to this legit masterful film—seek it out. See it. It’s everything vital and necessary and exciting about cinema.

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The Forest

Tree…zombies…?

The Revenant

AKA, The Struggle Is Real: The Movie.

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January 15

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Yes, I’m sure that Michael Bay is exactly the nuanced, apolitical filmmaker to tell us this story.

Norm of the North

One polar bear’s adventure in the big city. It actually doesn’t look that bad.

Ride Along 2

This looks dumb as hell, but…Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are SUCH a good odd couple.

January 22

45 Years

A heartbreaking film, but one that features two stellar performances (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay). This is another one that is well worth seeking out.

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The Boy

I keep getting this confused with the movie about the budding serial killer.

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The Fifth Wave

It’s like Twilight, but with aliens and worldwide apocalyptic destruction.

Dirty Grandpa

I kind of admire that Zac Efron just keeps trying to make a grown-up adult acting career happen, but when you’re starring in one of Robert DeNiro’s “I clearly don’t give a shit anymore” movies, I don’t think it’s going that well.

Mojave

I’m surprised A24, the distributor, isn’t doing more with this film to capitalize on Oscar Isaac’s burgeoning Star Wars popularity. Also, his hair is magnificent.

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January 29

The Finest Hours

We gawtta go back, Chowdah, there’s a huge stahrm comin’ ah way!

Jane Got a Gun

Whatever, dude actors put on a director’s cap and make shitty movies all the time.

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Kung Fu Panda 3

Kids like these, I suppose.

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One thought on “Winter Movie Preview: January 2016

  1. Wow. It’s like January got out of Star Wars’s way, too. This is worse than normal with the exception of the awards bait. I got to see The Hateful Eight on 70mm and it is WELL worth the time and doesn’t feel like you’ve been there for over three hours. I am into Tarantino’s comedy blood thing.

    I think I’m going to see Anomalisa tonight. And I need to find Mojave post haste. I hope I can tune out Mark Wahlberg.

    I wonder about Dirty Grandpa. Aubrey Plaza is usually well worth our time. I feel like this could be secretly enjoyable a la Neighbors (or so I’ve heard).

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