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January Movie Guide

Cloverfield, Rambo, Be Kind Rewind and more in January.

January Movie Guide

It’s January gang! How are you going to fill this whole month after all the wild parties are done? Well, you could always go to the movies. If that’s your plan, then this list is for you. Here you’ll find ten movies that I think are worth checking out.


One Missed Call

Release Date: 1/04/08
Director: Eric Valette
Cast: Ed Burns, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancon, Ray Wise, Azura Akye, Johnny Lewis, Jason Beghe, Margaret Cho
Rating: PG-13

I like the fact that movie studios put horror movies out at times that aren’t Halloween, it takes a lot of guts, and it points out that audiences like to be scared all the time, not just in October. However, after being really disappointed with The Ring, I’m a bit skeptical about One Missed Call. On its face the premise suggests that more thought went into this film than movies like Final Destination, and torture fests like Hostel or Saw. But unfortunately, that’s not saying much. The cast looks good with Ed Burns and Shannyn Sossamon leading the way. Horror fans will most likely like this film, suspense or psychological thriller fans might also find this film worthwhile.

In The Name of the King

Release Date: 1/11/08
Director: Uwe Boll
Cast: Jason Statham, Leelee Sobieski, John Rhys-Davies, Ray Liotta, Matthew Lillard, Burt Reynolds, Will Sanderson, Ron Perlman, Claire Forlani, Brian J. White, Kristanna Loken, Gabrielle Rose
Rating: PG-13

In the Name of the King made the list for a lot of reasons. Mostly because it involves swords and such, if you can get a couple thousand actors to all line up and reenact a war, most guys will buy tickets to the affair. Also Jason Statham hasn’t let me down yet, and if Ray Liotta can play a convincing, yet funny, bad guy in a movie like Wild Hogs, then he can do anything pretty much. It’s after those two names on the marquee that I begin to worry. Burt Reynolds? Really? Liotta already seems a bit out of place playing an evil wizard (but I still have hope), but Reynolds? Really? The odds are good that I’ll make sure to see this in theaters, but Burt Reynolds huh? We’ll have to wait and see. Burt Reynolds….man.

First Sunday



Release Date: 1/11/08
Director: David E. Talbert
Cast: Ice Cube, Regina Hall, Chi McBride, Loretta Devine, Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan, and Malinda Williams
Rating: PG-13

In the midst of being a renowned hip hop star, Ice Cube has developed a penchant for putting together several memorable buddy comedies. Replacing his usual partner in crime (Mike Epps) with SNL alum Tracy Morgan will be what makes or breaks First Sunday. The good news is that Morgan is a tried and true funny man who should work out fine opposite consummate straight man Ice Cube. Add Katt Williams to the mix and you should have a really funny movie on your hands.

Cassandra’s Dream

Release Date: 1/18/08
Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Tom Wilkinson, Hayley Atwell, and Sally Hawkins
Rating: N/A

By now, one can typically know what to expect from Woody Allen, but this movie seems like a departure from the romantic comedies that Allen is more famous for. Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell lead what looks like a high caliber cast. Colin Farrell isn’t my favorite action star, but he’s quite convincing in more three dimensional roles, and this films looks like it will provide just that. Pay attention fella’s, this might your best option for a date movie in January.

Untraceable



Release Date:
1/25/08
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Cast: Diane Lane, Colin Hanks, Erin Carufel
Rating: R

While I’m not typically a fan of torture as horror movies, it doesn’t mean they can’t be done well. With the torture as a part of the story, and not the story Untraceable looks really scary. The premise is not one that’s hard to imagine really happening, and there seems to be a nice bit of social commentary to boot. Diane Lane looks believable running around with a pistol (a tough sell for some actresses) and the movie looks like it will be a bit smarter than similar movies in recent history.

Seed

Release Date: 1/25/08
Director: Uwe Boll
Cast: Will Sanderson, Ralf Moeller, Maichael Pare, Jodelle Ferland, Andrew Jackson, Michael Eklund
Rating: N/A

Apparently there was once a man so evil, so vile that three jolts in the chair couldn’t bring him down no, this isn’t the film version of the return of Stinkmeaner, it a ‘true’ story about what would be considered the most dangerous criminal in history. I don’t know about you, but I would figure a story about a guy that survived execution would be a fairly common one. Nevertheless, what’s most important is that this guy might be the bad guy to beat this year. This is definitely a ‘guys’ movie.

City Of Men



Release Date:
1/18/08
Director: Paulo Morelli
Cast: Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Rodrigo dos Santos
Rating: N/A

Not really a sequel to the riveting film City of God, director Paulo Morelli takes film goers back to the streets of Brazil to shine an even brighter light on the side of existence that you just can’t see from a cruise ship. While the setting might be new, the basic tenets of the story are familiar. This is a story of brotherhood being valued over all things, and that bond being put to the ultimate test. American audiences being unfamiliar with the cast will actually benefit this film, making everything you see feel all the more real.

Cloverfield



Release Date:
1/18/08
Director: Drew Goddard
Cast: Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller
Rating: PG-13

Godzilla meets Blair Witch is kind of the feeling I get when I see the Cloverfield trailer. That’s not a criticism by any means, in fact I think that concept has a lot of merit, at least enough to warrant a trip to theaters. The studio has done a great job of keeping the movie mysterious, and the trailer really gives you a sense of the terror this film will induce. Let’s just hope the home movie feel of the movie doesn’t get old.

Rambo

Release Date: 1/25/08
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Paul Schulze, Matthew Marsden, Graham McTavish, Rey Gallegos, Tim Kang, Jake LaBotz, Maung Maung Khin, Ken Howard
Rating: R

The poster should read: “You didn’t ask for this, but we gave it to you anyway!” Not to say that a new Rambo movie isn’t welcome per say, ok it isn’t. Despite the idea that this film seems suspect from the start, it would be in our best interest to reserve judgment until opening day. Remember that Sylvester is a better actor than his film credits might suggest, and there is also something to be said about the star being behind the camera (Clint Eastwood only boosted his legend status when he started working both sides of the camera consistently), this might be a new chapter for Sly, or the nail in the coffin. No matter what, there are sure to be plenty of the essentials; violence, explosions, and blood. Enough reason to see this flick.

Be Kind Rewind

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Release Date: 1/25/08
Director: Michel Gondry
Cast: Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Melonie Diaz, Arjay Smith, Paul Dinello, Marcus Carl Franklin, P.J. Byrne, Chandler Parker
Rating: PG-13

Like most great physical comedians Jack Black can make a movie, especially when the script takes advantage of Blacks talents without simply relying on those talents to be funny. Be Kind Rewind is the perfect vehicle for Jack black to do what he does best, a comedic level of controlled chaos. Mos Def joins Black as his partner in crime; Mos Def looks to be the perfect straight man to go along with Jack blacks antics. The premise is funny and pretty original, while it’s early, this could be the comedy to beat this year.