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December 29 2018

The Movies of 2019 – January

Welcome to the first part of an analysis of every major film release of 2019.

Following up on last year’s project, I’m back with a look at the films of 2019, but with some more changes. Gone is the quarterly analysis, it will now be down to monthly reports. They will be published the last weekend of each month. Even with this new system, I see at least one film for January doesn’t have a title yet.

Hopefully you enjoy this as it is a huge undertaking each year, but one I enjoy doing.

Please note that titles and release dates can change at any time, none of these are written in stone.

January 4

Escape Room

Escape Room is a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.

Analysis: I’m a bit surprised it took this long for someone to use this concept as a horror film.

January 11

A Dog’s Way Home

A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human.

Analysis: Nope. Will never watch this. Didn’t even watch the trailer. Saw the synopsis and was done.

Replicas

A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.

Analysis: Looks like a home watch to me. Effects look so-so, and we’ve seen similar many times.

The Upside

A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy paraplegic and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.

Analysis: Not a huge fan of Kevin Hart, but Bryan Cranston is one of those “I will watch anything he does” actors.

January 18

Glass

From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.

Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

Analysis: Not a fan of Shyamalan… except for these films. Super interested to see how it wraps up.

January 25

The Kid Who Would be King

Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex (Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.

Analysis: Against my better judgement, I’m intrigued. Sure it’s going to be predictable as hell, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun.

Serenity

From the creative mind of Oscar nominee Steven Knight comes a daringly original, sexy, stylized thriller. Baker Dill (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her – and their young son – from her new, violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead. Karen’s appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he’d tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.

Analysis: Amazing cast, but you just never know with these types of movies. If the conclusion doesn’t make sense the whole thing falls apart.

Untitled STX Action/Thriller

Analysis: I’d love to tell you about it…



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