January Movie Preview

2020 opens with a slow month for movies. Awards season kicks into full gear, so most movies released in January don’t get a lot of hype. One strong Oscar contender gets a wide release at the beginning of the month, but most of the other offerings aren’t expected to break any records. Here’s some of the most interesting releases this month.

1917 (Jan. 10)

Rating: R
Starring: George McKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Richard Madden, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch

In the midst of World War I, two soldiers must cross into enemy territory to deliver a message that could save thousands of troops.  

Why I’m excited: While technically a 2019 movie, it only gets a wide release this month so everyone can finally see it. Press for this movie has focused on how it was filmed to look like one long continuous take, which sounds fascinating. It’s already getting Oscar buzz, been named as one of the best movies of 2019 and has been nominated for a handful of Golden Globes.

See this if you liked: Saving Private Ryan, Dunkirk, War Horse

Underwater (Jan. 10)

Rating: PG-13
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie

A team of researchers are trapped at the bottom of the ocean after an earthquake destroys their laboratory.  

Why I’m excited: This seems like a mildly interesting thriller/race-against-the-clock kind of movie. Setting the action at the bottom of the ocean is a fun choice – we still know so little of what’s actually down there. Kristen Stewart is riding a great wave right now, so we’ll see if people enjoy her in this as well.  

See this if you liked: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Abyss, Sphere

Like a Boss (Jan. 10)

Rating: R
Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek

Two friends open a beauty company together, but their different business practices and their wealthy benefactor begin to complicate the relationship.  

Why I’m excited: Tiffany Haddish is one of the funniest actors working right now, and the trailers give her some great moments already. Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek are also incredibly talented, and I think the three of them will be fascinating to watch together.   

See this if you liked: Girls Trip, Bridesmaids, Neighbors

Dolittle (Jan. 17)

Rating: PG
Starring: Robert Downey Jr.

Dr. Dolittle, who has the ability to speak to animals, must set off on a quest for a cure to save the Queen of England.

Why I’m excited: What an interesting choice for RDJ to make following the biggest movie of all time (Avengers: Endgame). I remember the Eddie Murphy Dr. Dolittle movies from the 90s, but this seems much more fantastical than those. There’s an incredible cast lending their voices to Dolittle’s animals, from Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek and more. The trailers look truly bizarre, but it should be a fun movie for younger audiences.  

See this if you liked: Dr. Dolittle

The Gentlemen (Jan. 24)

Rating: R
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant

An American drug lord faces plots, schemes, bribes and blackmail from forces out to steal his empire.

Why I’m excited: Kingsman, is that you? The look of this movie – especially the poster designs – screams Kingsman. The trailers definitely give off that vibe as well, but The Gentlemen looks like it will go a bit darker than the Kingsman series. Director Guy Ritchie is coming off the billion-dollar high of Aladdin, and this movie has an interesting cast, so it should be a good time.

See this if you liked: Kingsman, Pain & Gain, Gold