4 Must-See Movies in January

Here are 4 Must-See Movies for January. We know not everyone has time for every major release or big movie, so instead of featuring 10 great films a month, these are truly the ones that cannot be missed. They’ll either be films coming out in theaters that week or something on Netflix I think that’s worth the watch. The top four films for the month will be ones that have the a lot of buzz, an interesting story line and a cast that will definitely make the film great.

The month of January has some anticipated films which have gotten awards buzz and nominations already! It’s going to be a great month of film releases. I picked mostly drama films with a fantasy one.

If you do check out anything I’ve spotlighted or think I left off a crucial film, tell us about it in the comments section below! Also check out past Four Must-See films posts.

Week 1 Must-See Movie: The Impossible

Out in theaters January 4th. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, the film stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. This film is getting a lot of buzz especially Naomi and Ewan, who by the looks of the trailers, look like they give gut wrenching and beautiful performances.

Official Synopsis:

[box_light] Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her. Based on a true story, THE IMPOSSIBLE is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, THE IMPOSSIBLE is a journey to the core of the human heart. [/box_light]

Here is a review of the film from AFI Film Fest.

Here a trailer:

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Week 2 Must-See Movie: Gangster Squad

Out in theaters on January 11th. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn. This film has quite a heavy weight cast! Judging from the trailers and featurettes that are out, it looks like it’s going to be a cool film. I’m also guessing Sean Penn’s going to get awards buzz, because it looks like he gives a hell of a performance!

Official Synopsis:

[box_light] Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and–if he has his way–every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop… except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart. [/box_light]

Here’s a trailer:

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Week 3 Must-See Movie: Zero Dark Thirty

Out in theaters on January 11. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the film stars Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler, and Edgar Ramirez. This film already has a bunch of nominations and is likely going to be a top contender for Best Picture  at the Oscars. Kathryn Bigelow has got another fun awards season heading her way! Also, Jessica Chastain is literally taking over Hollywood and I love it.

Official Synopsis:

[box_light] For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar(R) winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man. [/box_light]

Check out our Oscar Watching article for the film.

Here’s a trailer:

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Week 4 Must-See Movie: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Out in theaters January 25th. Directed by Tommy Wirkola, the film stars Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, and Famke Janssen. This movie seems like it’s a fun and imaginative remake.

Official Synopsis:

[box_light]  “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” takes place 15 years after the siblings’ incident at the gingerbread house. The two are now specialized bounty hunters looking to put down the cackling black-hat set. [/box_light]

Here’s one of our articles which includes a poster for the film.

Here’s a trailer:

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