Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of January 2017

Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of January 2017A Monster Calls - Image via TIFF
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January is usually a really bad time to catch new movies. That is not to say there are not great movies to watch in January, as there are still the Christmas season movies as well as the slow roll out of awards-caliber movies that had limited releases in December. However, that doesn’t mean there is nothing good coming out in January 2017.

Here is a look at five movies you should catch that come out in January 2017.

Underworld: Blood Wars (Jan. 6)

This is the fifth installment in the Underworld movie series, with Kate Beckinsale reprising her role as Selene, the former Vampire death dealer who now finds herself hunted by both Lycans and vampires alike.

Death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) must fend off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the vampire faction that betrayed her. Joining forces with allies David (Theo James) and Thomas (Peter Andersson), she embarks on a quest to end the eternal war between the two races, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.

A Monster Calls (Jan. 6)

Based on the fantasy novel by Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls is directed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) and has received some amazing reviews and is sitting at 89-percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

12-year-old Conor, dealing with his mother’s illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother, and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth.

Live By Night (Jan. 13)

While a lot of comic book movie fans are excited about the upcoming possibility of a Ben Affleck-directed Batman movie, there are many other fans of Affleck who want to see him direct other things. His most recent output is this prohibition-era movie.

It’s the Roaring `20s and Prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve, and Joe Coughlin, the son of the Boston Police superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules, and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll.

Silence (Jan. 13)

Released in 2016 as an awards possibility, Silence is the latest movie by Martin Scorsese and stars Liam Neeson in this adaptation of the 1966 novel based on a true story.

Silence tells the story of two Christian missionaries who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (Jan. 20)

We’re not film snobs here at Renegade Cinema. The first xXx movie was a great showcase for Vin Diesel and the second movie was a huge letdown when they replaced him with Ice Cube. Well, Vin is back and it looks just as crazy as that first movie.

After coming out of self-imposed exile, daredevil operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) must race against time to recover a sinister weapon known as Pandora’s Box, a device that controls every military satellite in the world. Recruiting a new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself entangled in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of government.

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Shawn S. Lealos
Shawn is a film critic with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. He is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks.
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