Top Films for January

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A new month and year is rapidly approaching and January brings with it an amazing selection of new films. The month always seems to be filled with stellar movies and Oscar bait and this one is no exception. We also have a lot of movies that have been out in the US for a while so I can’t wait to finally see them. Here are my picks:

The Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne goes for another Oscar by portraying the first man to have gender reassignment surgery. It looks heartbreaking, he looks utterly convincing as a woman and Alicia Vikander has blown me away. I get emotional watching the trailer so I’m going to be a total mess. Released: 1st January

Joy

I’m not actually bothered about the concept of this film but Jennifer Lawrence is getting rave reviews so naturally I’m gonna check it out. Lawrence plays Joy Mangano, who went from a struggling single mum to the multi-millionaire inventor of the Miracle Mop. Released: 1st January

 

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The Hateful Eight

I love Quentin Tarantino so obviously I’m keen on this. He has brought some of his previous collaborators back like Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth and Kurt Russell and drafted in the likes of Jennifer Jason Leigh and Channing Tatum for this ultraviolent Western. A bounty hunter and his prisoner seek shelter in a cabin filled with a range of questionable characters and all hell breaks loose. Released: 8th January

Creed

I have only seen the first Rocky film and I don’t quite understand the hype, but I like Michael B. Jordan and I like a sporting underdog story so I have hope for this. Jordan plays the son of Apollo Creed, Sylvester Stallone’s former rival and Rocky Balboa trains him up for his big fight. Released: 15th January

 

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The Revenant

This is set to be a masterclass in filmmaking and acting that must surely be Leonardo DiCaprio’s time for an Oscar. Director Alejandro G. Inarritu looks set to take the award home for a second year for taking on huge filmmaking challenges to pull this off. DiCaprio is a fur trapper who is left for dead by his team when he is attacked by a bear – so he sets out to get revenge. Released: 15th January

Room

I watched Room at the London Film Festival (review here) and I am so happy it is finally coming out so people can appreciate the incredible talent of Brie Larson. She is extraordinary here and I truly want her to win the Best Actress Oscar. She has been locked up in Room, a back garden shed, for years with her son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) who has never been outside. The film follows them plotting to escape from captivity. This is so powerful. I want to see it again. Released: 15th January

 

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The Big Short

Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt are four outsiders in the finance industry who manage to predict the credit and housing collapse in the mid 2000s. Now a story about the financial crisis doesn’t sound like a bundle of laughs but it is approached as a comedy-drama and written by Will Ferrell’s usual scriptwriting partner Adam McKay. Released: 22nd January

Spotlight

I have seen this already and I safely say this is one of the most powerful and fascinating depictions of investigative journalism that I have ever seen. Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton are members of the Spotlight team at the Boston Globe who investigate the Roman Catholic Church for covering up their priests’ sexual abuse of young boys. It is such an interesting true story. Absolutely incredible. Review coming soon. Released: 29th January

 

What are you most looking forward to? Did I miss anything out?

 

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