The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in January

  • The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in January

When it comes to cinema releases, the year hits the ground running in January with plenty of great new movies, including a couple of nailed-on Oscar contenders and Pixar's first original film since 2015.

Here are the five film releases that must hit the cinemas to see this month...

Darkest Hour - 12th January

Gary Oldman continues to show off his unrivalled acting range, this time donning the prosthetics to play iconic prime minister Winston Churchill.

The film centres around the newly-appointed PM as he decides whether to negotiate with Hitler or continue to fight the Nazis.

Oldman's performance has unsurprisingly been heralded, and many are struggling to look past him for the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in this refreshing and original insight into how Churchill behaved during WWII.

Coco - 19th January

The past two years saw the releases of Finding Dory and Cars 3, so 2018 signals the return of Pixar giving original tales with the brilliantly colourful Coco.

Paying loving tribute to Mexico's Day-of-the-Dead festival, Coco sees 12-year-old music-loving Miguel enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

A vibrant, heartfelt and exuberant tale, Coco is being considered alongside Wall-E, Toy Story (all of them) and Inside Out as the best films that Pixar have made.

Molly's Game - 1st January

Aaron Sorkin, the acclaimed screenwriter of The Social Network and Steve Jobs, makes his directorial debut (as well as writing) the true story based on the memoirs of Molly Bloom.

Jessica Chastain plays Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skiier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game frequented by Wall Street billionaires, Hollywood A-listers, athletes and the Russian mob.

As snappy as you'd expect from a Sorkin script, both Chastain and Idris Elba - who plays her lawyer - put in great performances in the enjoyable and incredible true story.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 12th January

The black comedy, written and directed by Martin McDonagh - who also provided the script and directing for In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths - was a huge his that the 2017 film festivals.

Frances McDormand (Fargo, Mississippi Burning, Almost Famous) plays a mother, enraged at the police failing to find a suspect for her daughter's murder, buys three billboards to call public attention for the cops' lack of progress.

McDonagh's wonderful script is full of the foul-language and black comedy that is his trademark, and boasting an incredible cast, there wouldn't be many surprised people if this scoops a few Oscar statuettes.

The Post - 19th January

Another film that is pushing hard to win big at this year's Oscars is Steven Spielberg's star-studded new political thriller.

The true story depicts the battle of The Washington Post journalists to publish the Pentagon Papers - the cover-up regarding the involvement of the United States government during the Vietnam War.

Boasting the likes of Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Alison Brie and Bob Odenkirk in the cast, and delivering a timely message in the current 'fake news' climate, Spielberg is looking to claim his fourth Best Director Oscar, and his first since 1999.

Also out in January

All The Money In The World - 5th January

Ridley Scott's crime drama sees industrialist J. Paul Getty refusing to pay an extortionate ransom when his grandson is kidnapped.

Downsizing - 26th January

Matt Damon is shrunk to five inches in search of a better life in the social satire.

Insidious: The Last Key - 12th January

The horror series continues with Dr Elise Rainier investigating supernatural disturbances in her own childhood home.

The Commuter - 19th January

Liam Neeson stars as an insurance salesman caught in the middle of a deadly criminal conspiracy on his daily commute.

Early Man - 26th January

The latest Aardman animation sees a cave man unite his tribe to save his home from being claimed by a Bronze Age invasion.

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