Movies Not to Miss: January 2019
Writer: Casey Lee
Which of these are you going to watch?
Oscar season is slowly heating up but we will unfortunately be missing most of the action in our cinemas with a few exceptions.
Although January means there isn't a lot to expect from Hollywood, some of our juiciest titles have chosen to warm this month's release schedule. If you are not planning to start your year with Hollywood, there is a healthy dose of titles from other countries to keep us entertained.
So start your year the way you like with these movies not to miss for January 2019!
Escape rooms were all the craze to test your logic and problem-solving skills, along with being a healthy team building activity, but it would also be the perfect setting for a death trap. Taking that idea to its extreme were screenwriters Bragi F. Schut and Marla Melnik, they leave it in the hands of "Insidious: The Last Key" director Adam Robitel to devise the perfect death trap for six perfect strangers. So if you want to cross off another place you don't want to find yourself caught in, or see how Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Tyler Labine, Jay Ellis, and Nik Dodani make their escape, then you know where to find the clues.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
General Release Date: 7 January
While January marks the beginning of the year, it also marks the end of an animation franchise. As Hiccup finds his footing as the new chief of his village, Toothless finds love in a female of his species that was thought to be lost. Director Dean DeBlois returns to complete the "How to Train Your Dragon" trilogy, Also returning is the sterling cast of dragon riders: Jay Barcuchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Kit Harrington. Brace for impact, this one might be going for the tears as we say goodbye to our favourite dragons.
General Release Date: 11 January
While Marvel and DC are not starting the superhero war so early in the year, there will be superheroes of a different sort at the beginning of 2018. Assembled in a facility for those who believe they have superpowers, David Dunn, Kevin Wendell Crumb and Elijah Price are brought together as they dig deeper to find the truth of their powers. Ending with a surprise in "Split", this has been the anticipated sequel and completion of a trilogy that could set M. Night Shyamalan back to glory, and one of the important twisters of plot and expectations on the genres he touches.
The Kid Who Would Be King
General Release Date: 17 January
Aside from the power fantasy of a child finding himself to be the chosen one, what got us more excited was when we found out that this would be the next directorial output from Joe Cornish. Those who have seen "Attack the Block", where John Boyega was discovered, would be anticipating some heart-pumping action dashed with some savvy writing. Instead of having a lesser known cast as he did with "Attack the Block", Cornish will be working with some top of the line names like Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart, and also introducing Louis Ashbourne Serkis, son of the famed Andy Serkis, who could turn into a future star after being chosen.
Cinema Online, 01 January 2019
General Release Date: 25 January