It’s a new year and that usually leads to empty wallets and a little post-seasonal sadness, however if you have some cash to spare, you should head over to the movie theatre and catch a new release to cure your new year blues.

2018 is set to be a monumental year for movies with huge upcoming releases like Avengers: Infinity War, Tomb Raider, The Incredibles 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Deadpool 2, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. So, while 2017 was amazing for movies, that year is behind us and we now look forward to another great schedule of movie releases. And of course, we start with January and give you the rundown of the biggest releases.

Insidious: The Last Key

January 5th

Synopsis

Parapsychologist Elise Rainier and her team travel to Five Keys, N.M., to investigate a man’s claim of a haunting. Terror soon strikes when Rainier realizes that the house he lives in was her family’s old home.

Who’s It For?

The fourth instalment in the Insidious franchise, The Last Key, hopes to continue the series’ tradition of jump scares and surprisingly weird stories. The first movie was a homerun, the second was a misfire and the third was a step-up, so here’s hoping this latest instalment continues the upswing in quality. If nothing else, this is January’s horror movie, perfect for

anyone looking to wipe the taste of Christmas from their mouth.

 

Molly’s Game

January 5th

Synopsis

The true story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led people to believe.

Who’s It For?

Molly’s Game is a stylish crime movie starring one of Hollywood’s hottest stars, Jessica Chastain. The movie is based on an incredible true story but the screenplay was written by the movie’s director, Aaron Sorkin. This marks Sorkin’s first directing job but he has written such movies as A Few Good Men, Moneyball, Steve Jobs, and The Social Network, as well being a primary writer on The West Wing. Sorkin’s filmography proves his ability to write real-life drama and turn the stakes up to 10. Anchored by some incredible performances, Molly’s Game holds 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, perhaps making it 2017’s first must-see movie.

The Post

January 12th

Synopsis

Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers — and very freedom — to help bring long-buried truths to light.

Who’s It For?

Tom Hanks? Meryl Streep? Steven Spielberg? I feel like I’ve said enough but I’ll give you a little more. The Post is a drama political thriller about the first female publisher of The Washington Post – it looks to be an exciting look at the corruption of the White House, with undertones of gender inequality, or rather the beginning of the end of said inequality. Political thriller might not sound too exciting but just think Lincoln, The Manchurian Candidate, or Snowden, to know how great such movies can be. And like I said, Hanks, Streep, and Spielberg.

 

The Commuter

January 12th

 

Synopsis

Insurance salesman Michael is on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding, and he is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for everyone on the train.

Who’s It For?

 

The Commuter is Liam Neeson doing what Liam Neeson does best: action. The Irishman stars as a random commuter on a train who gets tasked with finding the identity of another commuter, with life, death and money at stake. Fans of Taken, Unstoppable, Speed, and other high-octane thrillers will be right at home here.

 

12 Strong

January 19th

 

Synopsis

In the wake of Sept. 11, Capt. Mitch Nelson leads a U.S. Special Forces team into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. Once there, the soldiers develop an uneasy partnership with the Northern Alliance to take down the Taliban and its al-Qaida allies. Outgunned and outnumbered, Nelson and his forces face overwhelming odds in a fight against a ruthless enemy that takes no prisoners.

Who’s It For?

January is the month of true-stories apparently. 12 Strong tells the true story of a U.S Special Forces Team in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks in New York. It’s a big action flick that stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Ghostbusters), Michael Pena (Ant-Man, The Martian), Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Nocturnal Animals), and Elsa Pataky (The Fate of The Furious). A star studded cast, explosions, and a true, gritty story are the big selling points of 12 Strong, for those who enjoyed Zero Dark Thirty, Jarhead, Argo, or American Sniper.

 

Arctic Justice Thunder Squad

January 19th

 

The Synopsis

Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad is an upcoming Canadian computer-animated comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Aaron Woodley and co-directed by Dimos Vrysellas. The story revolves around the sinister Doc Walrus hatching a secret plot to accelerate global warming and melt the arctic circle. A rag-tag group of inexperienced heroes must come together to foil his evil plans and save the arctic.

Who’s It For?

Perhaps not the snappiest title for a movie but Arctic Justice Thunder Squad is an upcoming animated movie made right here in Canada, and one that features incredible voice talent like James Franco (The Disaster Artist, 11.22.63, Spider-Man), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, Beetlejuice), Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, Arrival), Laurie Holden (The Mist, The Walking Dead), and comedy legend John Cleese (Monty Python, Shrek 2, James Bond). The cast play the group of arctic creatures who must save the arctic from melting. A great option for families but the cast suggest a little something for adults also.