The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in January

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

Happy new year! It would seem that the festive period hasn't slowed up the quality being released in January.

We have a corking array of releases this month, some after Oscar glory, some after audience love, but all after your hard-earned money at the box office.

So here is our pick of the five films that you simply must go to see...

The Hateful Eight - 8th January

Quentin Tarantino's hugely-anticipated western has survived a script leak and has come back stronger than ever.

In post-Civil War Wyoming, a bounty hunter and his prisoner seek shelter in a cabin during a blizzard only to find it is full of dangerous and distrustful characters, cue betrayal, deception, guns and a whole load of blood.

Tarantino's past two films have been nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar - with Django Unchained winning in 2012 - and he will be looking to pick up the statuette again with this tense, hell-raising crime drama.

Creed - 15th January

Sly Stallone resurrects the character of Rocky Balboa, but this time he isn't stepping into the ring in the sequel, reboot and spin-off (all in one) Creed.

The legendary heavyweight champion has turned trainer to Adonis, the son of his late friend and opponent Apollo Creed, with Hollywood hot property Michael B. Jordan lacing up the gloves as hopefuly boxer Adonis.

Expect plenty of nostalgia, dramatised boxing and a potentially exciting new direction for the Rocky series.

The Revenant - 15th January

According to many, Leo DiCaprio will finally get his mitts on the elusive Oscar with his performance as a 1820s frontiersman who is left for dead by his hunting team after a bear attack and launches a roaring rampage of revenge on those who deserted him.

With Alejandro González Iñárritu behind the camera and a sterling cast including Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson, this could sweep the board at this year's Oscars.

The Big Short - 22nd January

Rarely outside of an Ocean's 11 film has there been such a star-studded film as The Big Short, its cast includes Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carrell and Karen Gillan.

Based on Michael Lewis 2010 book of the same name, it recounts the story of four outsiders from the world of finance who take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight which caused the financial crisis of the mid-2000s.

With a host of Golden Globe nominations, the comedy drama is a razor-sharp, energetic and insightful take on the causes and repercussions of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

13 Hours - 29th January

An action-packed war flick (as you'd expect from Michael Bay) with a beefed up John Krasinski starring as a member of a CIA security team composed of former Navy SEALS and Special Forces based in Benghazi, Libya.

On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, the US ambassador and his compound are attacked by Islamic militants and the team must defend the compound, with extreme force.

Based on the book by Chuck Hogan, which recounts the true story of the six-man security team in Benghazi, expect an epic, explosion-filled, manic film, but entertaining nevertheless.

Also out in January:

Room - 15th January

Brie Larson stars in a touching drama about a woman who has been held captive, along with her son Jack, who has been confined in the single room for his entire life.

Dirty Grandpa - 29th January

On the eve of his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into going to spring break by his perverted Grandfather in this crude, no-holds-barred comedy.

The 5th Wave - 22nd January

The latest YA fiction adaptation stars Chloe Moretz as a 16-year-old who has seen most of Earth decimated by four waves of deadly attacks and must go on the run to save her younger brother and prepare for the lethal fifth wave.

Spotlight - 29th January

Mark Ruffalo stars in the true story of the Boston Globe award-winning investigation into the scandal of child molestation within the local Catholic Archdiocese.

Our Brand Is Crisis - 22nd January

Comedy-drama about an American political strategist, played by Sandra Bullock, who is recruited by a distrusted president to win re-election.


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