And, just like that, it’s 2020! We’ve got a lot of exciting movies to look forward to this year, including the next steps in the MCU, with Black Widow in May and The Eternals in November; the DCEU’s Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to Wonder Woman, arguably their best release to date, in June; Disney’s live-action Mulan in March; and Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond in No Time to Die in April. That’s just to name a small few. For now, we’ve got some good stuff to look forward to in January, along with the Golden Globe awards to round off the past year of film on the 5th of the month (in the early hours of the 6th in the UK – see a full list of this year’s nominees here). But for now, let’s take a look at what’s in store for us this month…
Jojo Rabbit (1st)
The latest release from writer/director/star Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit is an excellent comedy set in Nazi Germany towards the end of World War II. But don’t be entirely fooled by the hilariousness of the trailer – it’s got some serious undertones and tackles some dark themes, all through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy. With a stand-out debut performance from Roman Griffin Davis and some of that delightfully comedic Waititi goodness, it’s a greatly entertaining film that will stay with you for days afterwards (check out a full, spoiler-free review here).
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (31st)
Sometimes we just need something that’s going to lift our spirits, a film that will remind us of all that is good in the world. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood does just that, showcasing the generous, thoughtful and easy-going nature of one of the U.S.’s most beloved celebrities, Fred Rogers, and the impact he had on the life of one particularly cynical journalist. This film may have more of an impact on UK viewers, as we’ve never had a television personality of such calibre to look to, and it’s truly a wonderous story with a beautiful and uncanny performance from Tom Hanks (as if we’d ever expect anything less) that will leave you feeling quite warm on the inside (you can find a full review here).
The Lighthouse (31st)
Coming from writer/director Robert Eggers, the very same mind that gave us the excellent movie The VVitch, is another somewhat Lynchian-in-style (judging by the trailer) film that’s sure to have us on the edge of our seats. Already claiming rave reviews and scoring better overall than The VVitch, The Lighthouse boasts very decent casting in Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, looking like they make quite the unhinged duo in this dark and claustrophobic tale.
Non-English language choice
Weathering with You (17th)
As is generally the story with most animes, Weathering with You will likely have an English-dubbed version, but it’s always nice to hear it (with English subs) in the original Japanese. Coming from the same people who gave us the beautiful hit Your Name, the story is about a young boy who runs away from Tokyo and ends up meeting a girl who can apparently control the weather. It’s sure to be another timeless tale set to superb animation, the art of which constantly rivals Disney’s own animation.
Other January releases:
In the Line of Duty
Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters
A Hidden Life
Bad Boys for Life
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache
End of Season
#Anne Frank Parallel Stories
Detective Chinatown 3
Everything: The Real Thing Story
No Fathers in Kashmir
Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue
The Personal History of David Copperfield
Street Dancer 3D
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Queen & Slim
The Rhythm Section
Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall