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What’s on at the cinema in January

With a packed slate of big-budget blockbusters and new films coming out, 2023 looks set to be a massive year for the movie industry – and it all starts this month.

Written by Chris Kingston
Published 13.01.2023

M3GAN

Out now

This film might well make another appearance in our Halloween special come October…

M3GAN follows Gemma – played by Allison Williams of Get Out fame – as a robotics engineer at a toy company, who builds a life-like doll using artificial intelligence to be “a kid’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally”. Typically, this doll soon takes on a life of its own… and it seems creation Megan starts taking her job a little too seriously.

Based on a story by director James Wan of The Conjuring and Insidious fame, if you love your horror movies, then this one’s right up your street.

Tár

Out now

One of January’s most recent releases may be flying a little under the radar, but the fact that Tár stars the ultimate shape-shifter, Hollywood legend and all-round legend Cate Blanchett means we’ve had this marked in our calendars for quite some time now…

Set in the world of Western classical music, the film centres on Lydia Tár – widely considered one of the greatest living composer-conductors and the very first female director of a major German orchestra.

But as Lydia is mere days away from recording the symphony that will elevate her career, all the elements seem to conspire against her…

 

Babylon

20th January

This is the January release grabbing all of the headlines – in large part due to its stellar cast. After all, when Brad Pitt joins forces with Margot Robbie, Diego Calva and Olivia Wilde, you know you’re in for a good ride.

A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, Babylon traces the rise and fall of several ambitious dreamers during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in 1920s Hollywood.

 

Alice, Darling

20th January

Creepy, claustrophobic and scarily relatable. This taut thriller from director Mary Nighy is a must-watch.

Anna Kendrick plays Alice, a young woman trapped in an abusive relationship becomes the unwitting participant in an intervention staged by her two closest friends.

Pushed to the breaking point by Simon, her psychologically abusive boyfriend, Alice rediscovers the essence of herself and gains some much-needed perspective while on vacation with her girlfriends. But Simon’s vengeance is as inevitable as it is shattering – and, once unleashed, tests her strength, courage and the bonds of deep-rooted friendship…

The Fabelmans

27th January  

The Fabelmans is a coming-of-age tale about a young man’s discovery of a shattering family secret – and how movies can actually help us see the truth about each other and ourselves.

Loosely based on director Steven Spielberg’s adolescence and his first years as a filmmaker, The Fabelmansis dedicated to the memories of Spielberg’s parents and stars Michelle Williams, Gabriel LaBelle, Paul Dano and Seth Rogen.

One to watch if you love movies about movies.

 

Plane

27th January  

Gerard Butler has made a name for himself as an action star, and he’s sticking to what he knows best in this, his latest film.

In Plane he plays pilot Brodie Torrance who, in order to save his passengers from a lightning strike, has to make a risky landing on a war-torn island – only to find that the landing was just the beginning of his worries.

When dangerous rebels take most of the passengers hostage, the only person Brodie can count on for help is Louis Gaspare: an accused murderer who was being transported by the FBI…

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