It's that time of the month again, where we tick over into the following calendar page and have a whole list of blockbuster goodies to start buying our tickets for.
Grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the show—here are the best movies to see this January.
Mary Poppins Returns
If you needed more of a reason to love Emily Blunt—we’ve found one. Mary Poppins Returns goes back to the Banks household in gloomy London, but the result is anyhing but gloomy as Disney brings the magic of this childhood classic to a new generation. With Blunt’s performance impeccable, this could be Disney’s best life action to date, and they have a cast of Hollywood heavyweights on board to bring the joy to life.
Spider-Man 3D: Into The Spider-Verse
There can only be one Spider-Man movie star, right? Wrong. This January, Sony Animation Studios introduce The Spider-Verse. Miles Morales is not your typical teen—he’s juggling high school and being Spider-Man—and things are only going to get weirder. Through the use of a super collider, Peter Parker (a Spider-Man from another dimension) winds up in Miles’ world and he is just the first of to arrive from across the Spider-verse. With numerous Spider-Men in Brooklyn, things start to get shaky and Miles must help the others return home.
Navigating puberty is an experience we can all relate to and Eighth Grade tells the tale of teengaer Kayla Day who’s hoping to find connections online to make up for what’s lacking in her everyday life. Invisible and anxious in real life, she makes YouTube videos for other teens facing the same issues she is, but what she broadcasts online is harder than she expects to bring into the real world.
If you’re craving an action film to kick off the new year, look no further than Hurricane. It tells the true story of the Polish pilots who fought for the freedom of their own country by flying Hurricanes (read: planes) for the RAF over Britain. By saving Great Britain from Nazi invasion during WW2, they kept the hopes of a free Poland alive.
This January, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Elijah Price AKA Mr Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) return to the big screen. Glass tells the story of M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, Dunn, who must use his supernatural powers to track down Crumb with his 24 personalities. It’s the sequel to both Unbreakable and Split and we can’t wait to see the result.
Mary Queen Of Scots
She was Queen of France at the age of 16 and widowed just two years later but Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) won’t remarry as society demands. In Mary Queen of Scots, she returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne, only to discover that her homeland, along with England, is under the spell of Queen Elizabeth I, played by Margot Robbie. The cousins rival in love and power, each having to make the decision whether to marry or retain their independence.
An absolute must-see this January is Green Book. Set in 1962, it tells the story of Dr. Don Shirley who is a world-class pianist who decides to tour the Deep South at a time when racism is rife. In need of just a driver but a protector too he recruits Italian-American Tony Lip. With unexpected twists, the pair form a bond that overcomes their respective prejudices in a heart-warming movie that is far from cheesy.
The Gandhi Murder
Another historical movie, The Gandhi Murder tells the story of the events that lead to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Set upon the backdrop of a violent India, it highlights the peacemaker's journey as told through three police officers in different parts of the country who are aware of the danger to his life...but will they use this knowledge to help him?
Welcome To Marwen
Steve Carell, Diane Kruger and Leslie Mann star in Welcome to Marwen, a story about a man struggling with PTSD. Based on the true story of Mark Hogancamp, who has had his memory erased after a physical assault, it shows the resilience of the human mind as he creates a fictional village to help ease his trauma.
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