A Guide to January’s Exciting New Releases in Film

Can you hear that It’s 2023 calling your name. We kick off the new year with an eclectic assortment of titles featuring jump scares, tears, laughs and scares. A robot doll gets a mind of its own in M3GAN, a horror film about friendship and what happens when smart technology gets a little self-aware. Tom Hanks and Anna Kendrick are stirring up Oscar buzz with their performances in A Man Called Otto and Alice, Darling. PEN15 star Anna Konkle is ready to make you uncomfortable in The Drop, a comedy about a woman who drops her boyfriend’s baby at a wedding. Jason Statham and Aubrey Plaza are guns and jokes in Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre, Guy Ritchie’s latest adventure. Plus more movies with Jonah Hill, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Nicolas Cage and Christian Bale.

Grab some popcorn and put new batteries in the remote! Let’s take a closer look at what films will hit the big and small screens in January.


Release date: January 6 in theaters

Dolls are creepy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Get Out star Allison Williams returns to the realm of horror with the strange film M3GAN. Produced by Annabelle and Malignant producer James Wan, the sci-fi thriller follows robot Gemma (Allison Williams)’s attempt to bring comfort to her recently orphaned niece Cady (Violet McGraw) by gifting her with a self-aware human-like doll known as M3GAN. . Toy and Cady hit it off, though things take a dark turn once M3GAN becomes increasingly possessive of Cady.

Pale blue eye

Release date: January 6 on Netflix

We know Edgar Allan Poe, the author, but what about the West Point cadet? Based on the historical novel by Louis Bayard, written and directed for film by Scott Cooper, the dark 19th-century mystery The Pale Blue Eye follows Augustus Landor (Christian Bale), a jaded detective who tries to solve a series of murders of cadets at West Point, Military United States Academy in New York. Augustus is determined, though he can’t get very far due to the cadet code of silence. He manages to gain the trust of the most attentive and bright cadet at West Point: young Poe (Henry Melling). The film also stars Gillian Anderson, Robert Duvall, Lucy Boynton and Fred Hechinger.

Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre

Release date: January 12 in theaters

You are lucky? After some reshuffling of the release date, Guy Ritchie’s latest classy action adventure is here and ready to roll. Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre stars Jason Statham as Orson Fortune, a private contractor tasked with preventing specific weapons from reaching the open market. Buyer? A wealthy arms dealer named Greg Simmonds (Hugh Grant) who cannot be caught by “conventional lure”. Plan? Recruit Greg’s favorite movie star Danny Francesco (Josh Hartnett) to help with the mission and lead Greg away from Fortune on his Fortune. Of course, Luck wouldn’t be where he is without the help of his lovable team of misfits Sarah (Aubrey Plaza), Nathan (Cary Elwes) and JJ (Bugzy Malone).


Release date: January 13 on Hulu

Well, that’s annoying. Have you ever done something that just can’t be undone? Anna Konkle is the queen of cringe as Lex in The Drop, a comedy about a woman who drops her boyfriend’s baby at a wedding. It’s okay, it’s okay. The baby is fine. But Mani (Jermaine Fowler) and Lex’s marriage is not. How is this event supposed to be even remotely normal now? Someone dropped a baby! Writer-director Sarah Adina Smith and her co-writer Joshua Leonard have crafted a comedy that makes you realize, “It’s not the kid…it’s how you handle it!” The cast includes Jillian Bell, Robin Thede, Aparna Nancherla and Utkarsh Ambudkar.

A man named Otto

Release date: January 13 in theaters

Meet Otto. It is what you call “bitter”. Ever since his wife died, nothing has been the same. More precisely, nothing can make him happy and he doesn’t feel like he has a reason to live. However, his lively new neighbor Marisol (Mariana Treviño) and her husband and two little girls see Otto (played masterfully by Tom Hanks) as a challenge. A nut they are determined to crack. However, Otto does not want to be broken. At least not at first. It’s only a matter of time before the irascible old man is (reluctantly) charmed by this loving crooked life. A Man Called Otto is directed by Stranger Than Fiction and World War Z director Marc Forster and is based on Fredrik Backman’s novel A Man Called Ove. The Swedish version of the film was released in 2015 and stars Rolf Lassgård.

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