New Movie Releases — January 2014
It’s a brand new year, and we’ve got a whole slate of brand new movies to go with it. This January brings a surprising amount of horror and action to the big screen, with a new Jack Ryan thriller, a ‘Paranormal Activity’ spin-off, Frankenstein’s monster, the devil’s spawn, and an intense war drama from the people who brought you ‘Battleship.’ But don’t worry, there’s a couple of comedies to keep you laughing, too. There’s lots of diverse titles heading to the big screen and so many choices, so read on for our guide to new movie releases in January 2014!
‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones‘ – Directed by Christopher Landon. Starring Andrew Jacobs, Molly Ephraim, and Richard Cabral. After being “marked,” Jesse begins to be pursued by mysterious forces while his family and friends try to save him.
‘Open Grave’ (Limited) — Directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego. Starring Sharlto Copley, Joseph Morgan, and Thomas Kretschmann. A man wakes up in the wilderness, in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory and must determine if the murderer is one of the strangers who rescued him, or if he himself is the killer.
‘Beyond Outrage’ (Limited) — Directed by Takeshi Kitano. Starring Takeshi Kitano, Ryo Kase, Toshiyuki Yashida. As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West.
‘The Legend of Hercules’ (3D) — Directed by Renny Harlin. Starring Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, and Gaia Weiss. The origin story of the the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.
‘Lone Survivor‘ – Directed by Peter Berg. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster. Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission “Operation Red Wings”. Four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd.
‘Her‘ (Expands) — Directed by Spike Jonze. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, and Amy Adams. A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.
‘Raze’ (Limited) — Directed by Josh C. Waller. Starring Zoe Bell, Rachel Nichols, and Tracie Thoms. Raze, a horror/action film, focuses on two abducted women and 50 other women who are forced to fight each other using their bare hands.
‘Cold Comes the Night’ (Limited) — Directed by Tze Chun. Starring Bryan Cranston, Alice Eve, and Logan Marshall-Green. A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop.
‘The Truth About Emanuel’ (Limited) — Directed by Francesca Gregorini. Starring Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, and Alfred Molina. A troubled young woman becomes obsessed with her mysterious new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to the girl’s dead mother.
‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit‘ – Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, and Kevin Costner. Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
‘The Nut Job’ – Directed by Peter Lepeniotis. Starring Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, and Brendan Fraser. Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter — Maury’s Nut Store.
‘Devil’s Due‘ – Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. Starring Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, and Steffie Grote. After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.
‘Ride Along‘ – Directed by Tim Story. Starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and Tika Sumpter. Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James’ sister.
‘Big Bad Wolves’ (Limited) — Directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. Starring Guy Adler, Lior Ashkenazi, and Dvir Benedek. A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings — a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.
‘Reasonable Doubt’ (Limited) — Directed by Peter P. Croudins. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, and Erin Karpluk. A District Attorney has his life turned upside down when he’s involved in a hit and run and another man is arrested for his crime and charged with murder.
‘Back in the Day’ (Limited) — Directed by Michael Rosenbaum. Starring Michael Rosenbaum, Morena Baccarin, and Nick Swardson. Sometimes in order to move forward, you have to go back. And in this raunchy comedy, Jim Owens does just that when he heads home for his high school reunion. In an attempt to relive the glory days with his boys and explore an old romance, he nearly destroys his hometown and friendships.
‘Gloria’ (Limited) — Directed by Sebastian Lelio. Starring Paulina Garcia, Sergio Hernandez, and Diego Fontecilla. A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs.
‘I, Frankenstein‘ (3D) — Directed by Stuart Beattie. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, and Miranda Otto. Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.
‘Enemies Closer’ (Limited) — Directed by Peter Hyams. Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Orlando Jones, and Tom Everett Scott. Deep within a forest on the US-Canadian border, two sworn enemies must work together to escape a ruthless drug cartel hell-bent on retrieving a drug shipment which went missing there.
’24 Exposures’ (Limited) — Directed by Joe Swanberg. Starring Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, and Helen Rogers. A fetish photographer and a homicide detective work together to solve the murder of a young model.
‘Gimme Shelter’ (Limited) — Directed by Ron Krauss. Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, and Brendan Fraser. A teenager sets out to find her Wall Street father and is forced into the streets in a desperate journey of survival. Based on a true story.
‘That Awkward Moment‘ – Directed by Tom Gormican. Starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller. Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”
‘Labor Day‘ (Expands) — Directed by Jason Reitman. Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, and Gattlin Griffith. Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
‘Best Night Ever’ (Limited) — Directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Starring Desiree Hall, Samantha Colburn, and Eddie Ritchard. Claire is about to get married and she goes to Las Vegas with her sister and two friends for her bachelorette party. Things quickly spiral out of control.
‘Brightest Star’ (Limited) — Directed by Maggie Kiley. Starring Clark Gregg, Jessica Szohr, and Allison Janney. After the heartbreaking end of his first love, a recent college graduate sets out to win back the girl of his dreams only to discover a greater journey awaits him.
‘At Middleton’ (Limited) — Directed by Adam Rogers. Starring Vera Farmiga, Andy Garcia, and Taissa Farmiga. A man and a woman fall in love while taking their kids on a college admissions tour.
‘Tim’s Vermeer’ (Limited) — Directed by Teller. Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.