While 2015 ended on the strongest note possible some fantastic releases led by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that’s over and done with now. It’s now time to move forward and look on to what the debut month of 2016 will be featuring. In the past, January has been known as the throw-away month, basically meaning that studios drop all their duds within its boarders. But over just the last few years, there’s been a shift. We’re now beginning to see the movie seasons pushed back further and further until eventually, eventually we’ll see one single season throughout the year.
Now I’m not saying that January 2016 is similar to the May’s or November’s of the past, but there are definitely at least a handful of names that are intriguing enough to give a look at. Below you can see the four movies I’m looking forward to the most in January 2016.
4. Jane Got a Gun
Synopsis: A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him.
Release date: January 29th, 2016.
A movie that’s been in the works for a very, very long time is finally reaching theaters. Something that was very exciting in the beginning, lost steam because of all the hits it took before it even started filming. But once the first trailer was released, there was no doubt that this movie was finally made and going to be released.
Now I personally wasn’t a fan of the first trailer. It felt extremely jumbled and just thrown together for the sake of releasing a trailer. It worried me a bit, because the concept of the movie was so damn awesome. Then the second trailer hit and while it wasn’t great, it was a much improvement from the first and it raised my excitement back up again. There’s a chance this movie could end up sucking because of all the issues it had, and quite frankly I wouldn’t be surprised. But, I’m still holding out for the chance that it could be what it set out to be from the beginning.
3. Dirty Grandpa
Synopsis: Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a perverted former Army general, to Florida for spring break.
Release date: January 22nd, 2016.
I’ve been itching for a damn good raunchy comedy lately, and I’m pulling for Dirty Grandpa to be exactly that. First of all, a comedy teaming-up names like Robert De Niro and Zac Efron together sounds great alone, but when you add the title and the fact that De Niro is playing the raunchy part of the movie, how can you not at least be excited for it?
The trailers have showcased what it’s going for and it definitely lives up to the title. It looks disgusting, it looks fun, but most of all, it looks funny. Efron proved that he can do comedy very well in Neighbors so he’s a lock, but it’s De Niro that’s exciting. This is a role we’ve never seen him in and it’s nothing against him, but it’s even better with the age he’s at. Bring on the dirty!
2. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Synopsis: An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
Release date: January 15th, 2016.
Everyone knows my feelings on Michael Bay. What he did to the treasure that was the Transformers franchise is just tragic. But let’s put those movies aside for now and look at his other work; the Bad Boys franchise, The Rock, Armageddon, and The Island. Now I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy all of those. What does this have to do with 13 Hours? From the trailers, Bay seems to be getting back to the roots that made those movies hit with fans with 13 hours. It has a familiar look and vibe, something that I’ve personally been wanting from Bay for years, especially regarding the Transformers movies.
While I’m a bit nervous that Bay may take this story and subject a bit to light-hearted, it looks like a deep, action-packed telling of a story that seems like it deserves to be told. Of course it has all the usual Bay tropes, but I’m buying it so far. Plus, I really dig the cast assembled, led by the awesome John Krasinski.
1. The Revenant
Synopsis: A frontiersman named Hugh Glass on an fur trade expedition in the 1820s is on a quest for survival after being brutally mauled by a bear.
Release date: January 8th, 2016.
The reigning Oscar-winning director, two leads actors who will both finish with multiple Oscar nominations and wins by the time they’re done, a cinematographer who definitely knows what he’s doing, and one remarkable true story; how do you feel about The Revenant?
Since the day this was announced, it’s what many have been waiting for. There are so many ridiculously positive things going for it at the moment, it’s not even fair. There’s a dictionary filled with words that can describe how this film looks, but I’m just going to stick with one, breathtaking. It’s easily one of the more anticipated films in recent memory, hopefully it lives up to the hype it has built.
Which movie are you most excited about in January? Is your list similar to mine? If not, how does it differ? Jump in the comments and let us know!