After the stellar month of December to end the incredible movie year of 2014, January hits with what is usually the so called ‘toilet bowl’ month of the movie year. January has had the worst track record when talking about good and critically acclaimed movies, but maybe 2015 could change that? Check out my list of movies I’m looking forward to that might actually have January being a fun and good movie month.
4. Inherent Vice (Wide Release)
In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson starring the names of Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, and Maya Rudolph – that’s enough for me to see it. The only reason I have it on my three spot is because of the somewhat iffy reviews it’s been getting, but don’t get me wrong, I’m still pretty damn excited about this one.
Inherent Vice is released on January 9th, 2015.
A man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cyber criminal. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong.
Michael Mann + Chris Hemsworth + a global cyber chase? Oh I’m so freaking in. Chris Hemsworth is one of the few true movie stars. He isn’t just the Asguadian God Thor for Marvel, but he’s James T. Kirk’s dad, he’s taking down the dead in horror films, he’s battling next to Snow White as the Huntsman, racing side by side with Niki Lauda, and taking on Mobey Dick. Now he’s a cyber genius helping the government chase someone like himself? This guy can do anything and I’m damn happy he can, because his movies are some damn good entertainment.
Blackhat will open January 16th, 2015.
2. A Most Violent Year (Wide Release)
In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.
Not only are both Oscar Issac and Jessica Chastain two of the best working actors today, but it always makes it better when two talents like them are in this kind of story. I enjoy the hell out of watching them both work, and the same goes for watching a crime movie. So needless to say I’m pretty damn excited to see these two blend into one, and it only helps when early reviews are off the chart for both the performances and movie.
A Most Violent Year opens everywhere January 2nd, 2015.
1. American Sniper (Wide Release)
Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
There have always been three things I’ve said that hook me instantly when it comes to movies. War, sports, and true stories – American Sniper fits two of those three. The story of Chris Kyle is unbelievable, it’s hard to even believe that it’s true, but it is. I’ve been looking forward to this one for months now na unfortunately my area didn’t have the Christmas Day release, so it’s safe to say that I’ve been waiting and waiting for January 16th.
American Sniper hits theaters everywhere on January 16th, 2015.
Honorable mentions: Project Almanac, Black Sea, Still Alice, The Wedding Ringer, and Taken 3.