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Your guide to January cinema releases

Your guide to January cinema releases

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It’s a brand new year and January 2016 is promising some epic cinema releases to keep us entertained in the build up to the Oscars. From heart pumping actions to awards darlings, here’s your go-to guide on what to watch this month*:

The Revenant

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What’s it about?

Set in 1823 Montana and South Dakota, the film tells the true story of fur trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is attacked by a bear and left for dead by his hunting team. It’s a classic story of survival and vengeance.

Why watch it?

If you want to see a major awards contender then this is the one (early reviews have suggested that Leo’s performance could snag him a well-deserved Oscar). Those of you with a passion for photography will certainly appreciate the gorgeous cinematography and director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s choice to use natural light. Will Poulter also offers an outstanding performance – this is one actor to pay close attention to.

Release dates

USA: January 8

UK: January 15

Australia: January 7

New Zealand: January 7

The Forest

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What’s it about?

Set in the Aokigahara Forest in Japan, Sara Price (Natalie Dormer) ventures into the allegedly haunted forest in search of her missing twin sister. Warned not to “stray from the path”, Sara soon becomes confronted by the angry and tormented souls of those who committed suicide in the infamous forest.

Why watch it?

This is one for horror lovers and anyone up for a fright fest. Natalie Dormer is wonderful in Game of Thrones and will no doubt impress in this one.

Release dates

USA: January 8

The 5th Wave

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What’s it about?

Based on the novel by Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave takes place in a decimated world after four waves of deadly alien attacks. At the centre of the story is Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz) who finds herself on the run and desperate to save her younger brother. With the fifth wave set to hit, Cassie teams up with a man named Evan who might just be her only hope of survival.

Why watch it?

The cast is solid with Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe and Liev Schreiber playing major parts. Fans of the novel will surely want to see how well it translates to screen (thankfully screenwriter extraordinaire Susannah Grant co-wrote the script).

Release dates

USA: January 22

UK: January 22

Australia: January 14

New Zealand: January 14

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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What’s it about?

13 Hours is based on the true story of the six members of a security team who defended the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi after a group of Islamic militants attacked it.

Why watch it?

It’s set to offer a good ounce of action with Michael Bay at the helm. John Krasinski is also gearing up to pull a Chris Pratt – waving goodbye to his loveable comedy persona and saying hello to a new buff bod and emerging action film career.

Release dates

USA: January 15

UK: January 29

Australia: January 14

New Zealand: January 14

Ride Along 2

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What’s it about?

Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) has finally graduated from the police academy and is set to wed the love of his life. However, a spanner is thrown in the works when Ben and his soon to be brother-in-law James (Ice Cube) are sent to Miami to bring down powerful drug lord Antonio Pope (Benjamin Bratt).

Why watch it?

The first Ride Along was a big hit for Ice Cube and Kevin Hart and the duo make an awesome team. Olivia Munn joins the sequel as a tough cop who is sure to rival Ice Cube’s James.

Release dates

USA: January 15

UK: January 22

Dirty Grandpa

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What’s it about?

A young man (Zac Efron) is tricked into driving his raucous grandpa (Robert De Niro) to Florida just days before his wedding.

Why watch it?

Robert De Niro – one of the most revered actors of our time – is cutting loose Spring Break style and getting rowdy with the likes of Aubrey Plaza. It’s a match made in heaven.

Release dates

USA: January 22

UK: January 25

Australia: January 28

New Zealand: January 28

Kung Fu Panda 3

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What’s it about?

It’s Po’s third appearance on the big screen and life certainly hasn’t gotten easier for everyone’s favourite panda. After reuniting with his biological father and traveling to a secret sanctuary of pandas, Po (Jack Black) sadly finds that he does not fit in. To add insult to injury, Po discovers he is arranged to be married to an overly eager panda named Mei Mei. However, when ancient evil spirit begins terrorising China it’s up to Po to train the village pandas and save his country.

Why watch it?

The wonderful vocal talents of Jack Black not to mention the cast is filled with major talents like Angelina Jolie, Distin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, David Cross and Jackie Chan.

Release dates

USA: January 29

Jane Got a Gun

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What’s it about?

Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) is forced to turn to her ex fiancé Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) after discovering that the vengeful Bishop Boys gang, led by Colin (Ewan McGregor), are after her wounded husband Bill “Ham” Hammond (Noah Emmerich). Haunted by old memories, Jane’s past brutally meets the present in an all-out battle for survival.

Why watch it?

It’s a Western with a twist and Portman looks super badass in the trailer. The build up to the finale is sure to be riddled with tension, and with actors like Edgerton and McGregor coming face to face, the climax is sure to be explosive.

Release dates

USA: January 29

 

*Please note that some release dates have not been made readily available. Some films on this list are being released in the coming months in some countries and therefore won’t necessarily be available this month in your local cinema.