If there was anything good about 2016, it’s that it gave us so many realms to run to when reality was getting a little too chaotic to handle. The vast world of cinematic creations became the perfect refuge, the quick getaway. If anything, really, 2016 raised our bars high when it came to movies. Fret not, however, because it seems that January movies in 2017 will not be leaving us disappointed.
We are filled with anticipation for the films this year with several of them already announced and lined up for the coming months of 2017. If these January movies suggest anything, it’s that 2017 will, too, be a promising year for film just like how 2016 was.
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard
Director: Justin Kurzel
Release: January 4
Raise your hands if the gamer in you is excited for this one! High five! Assassin’s Creed is patterned after the video game many of us have loved over the years. To see it in the movies will definitely be an exhilarating experience.
Callum Lynch, played by Michael Fassbender, underwent a process through revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories. Through this, he finds out his affiliations with a secret society called the Assassins. This leads him to an unexpected journey to taking over the powerful Templar organization. What an exciting thought it is, to just sit back and watch your favorite game come to life!
Starring: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Michael Pena
Director: David Frankel
Release: January 8
This drama film starring Will Smith shows us a whole new process to healing. In the film, Howard (Will Smith) tries to overcome a tragedy by questioning the Universe. He directly sends letters to Love, Death, and Time. In the breakthrough of his life’s tragedy, he receives a response through the visitation of Love, Death, and Time themselves. The trailer is already equally warm and heartbreaking all out once. Imagine how moving all the more the movie will be.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen
Director: Morten Tyldum
Release: January 8
More than 5,000 people are aboard a spaceship named Avalon to transport its passengers after a 120-year journey to a distant colony planet. The passengers were kept in a hibernation chamber, all of them to sleep through the century-long travel. However, something went wrong with two of the chambers, waking up Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) 90 years too early.
What happens after is a thrilling story of the two of them trying to survive and retract the faults of the system that woke them up. We have been waiting for this movie for what has felt like a hundred years. It’s finally coming out!
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Garth Jennings
Release: January 8
A koala named Buster Moon owns a theater that once held certain grandeur. With very little left of the theater’s glory, Buster decided to hold a singing competition that may be his last chance in bringing his theater back to life. This is all set in a world inhabited by talking animals. This animated film, produced by the same makers of Despicable Me, Minions, and The Secret Life of Pets, promises an extremely heartwarming and hopeful movie.
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, James McAvoy, Betty Buckley
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Release: January 17
The first thriller of the year will be hitting us straight in the head. Split is a thriller film from the renowned director M. Night Shyamalan. It is the story of three abducted girls taken by a man who has 23 different split personalities. The victims now have to maneuver their way around these 23 personalities to live.
An interesting story with an interesting character, it plays around the depths and complications of the human brain. It’s getting us all excited that we cannot care less about how scary this one might be.
6Live By Night
Starring: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson
Director: Ben Affleck
Release: January 18
This movie that stars and was directed by Ben Affleck himself leads us back to the underground world of the 1920s. This was the time when drive alone can bring anybody the dream of having power and money. Joe Coughlin, played by Ben Affleck, is the son of the Boston Police Superintendent who turned his back against the rules and became an outlaw.
One mistake he made with his fellow outlaws brought his life down to ruin and tragedy. The action film leads us to a path of revenge, romance, ambition, and betrayal while he finds his life back. This is definitely one of the more thrilling January movies to watch out for!
7The Great Wall
Starring: Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau
Director: Zhang Yimou
Release: January 25
We all know about the Great Wall of China. This ancient structure took 1,700 years to build. It spans 5,500 miles long. This movie tells us of the mysteries, the tragedies, and the action that encircles the construction of The Great Wall. Getting a glimpse of the stories behind a historic structure with this kind of action is the kind of education we would not want to miss. This is one of the January movies that will satisfy those with an ever curious mind.
With all the January movies set for 2017, we’re already getting too excited for the New Year! Share with us what you want to watch. See you in the theaters!