Cinema Sneak Peek: January’s Top Picks

by Nick Bailey on January 4, 2016 in Film,
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It looks like 2016 is off to a good start in the movie department. With a wide range of films releasing in January, the bar may be set pretty high for the first quarter. Texans should start planning their date nights now, to make sure to check out what’s in store this month. January 15 is a busy day for theaters across the state, and you’ll see why with our cinema sneak peek. Here are some of our top picks for January, 2016.

Dirty Grandpa

This road trip comedy looks promising with a lively cast that includes cinema legend Robert De Niro alongside the Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron and the tantalizing Aubrey Plaza. As Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) prepares to marry his boss’s daughter to get the fast track to success, his nuptials are put to the test when he’s roped into taking his grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break. Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, “dirty” Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had. This looks like the bromantic comedy 2016 needs to get started. In theaters January 22.

Ride Along 2

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To keep the good times rolling, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube grab their badges and get back on the beat with Ride Along 2. With these two working together, we’re pretty confident in the comedic value of this film, and we hope to see plenty of gags and maybe a reference to the first installment. With his wedding day approaching Ben (Kevin Hart) heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James (Ice Cube) to help bring down the top of a drug ring supplying Atlanta with product. I guess 2016 is the year of bromantic getaways to Florida before your wedding. In theaters January 15.

The Benefactor

BenefactorIf there’s one thing cinema needs it’s more Richard Gere, and this movie looks like it will deliver a fresh helping for audiences to enjoy as a newly married couple (Dakota Fanning and Theo James) are forced to navigate the all-consuming interest of a powerful and possessive philanthropist (Richard Gere) upon their return to Philadelphia. So far this movie hasn’t seemed to gain much buzz, but it could have the potential to be a gem for the opening quarter of the year. If you’re a fan of good cinema — and by good, we’re talking captivating storytelling by well-balanced actors — then chances are this is a film you’ll want to check out. We’re keeping out eyes out to find out if this movie will live up to the hype we’re giving it. Only time and popcorn will tell. In theaters January 15.


13 Hours

This adaptation of the book “Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi” by Mitchell Zuckoff and surviving members of the Annex Security Team, this intense retelling of very recent accounts puts audiences on the ground during an attack that takes place on a U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. With a cast of strong actors including John Krasinski, Max Martini, David Denman and Dominic Fumusa, this dramatic adaptation looks like it’s well worth the trip to the movies. In theaters January 15.

Fifty Shades of Black

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Now that the world has had its fill with Christian Grey and his attempts at stirring the urges of women’s imaginations, it’s time to grab the ball gag to muffle the laughs as Marlon Wayans takes to the screen in this erotic spoof as Christian Black. This looks like it may just be a good time and a good laugh for all. We’re just not too sure of what all going on in Mr. Black’s playroom. In theaters January 29.

Norm of the North

FIN02_NOTN_1Sht_Lifting_VFThe movies aren’t just for adults this January, with Norm of the North making his way south to the silver screens of Texas movie theaters as he and a team of furry sidekicks travel to NYC to stop big corporations from turning their home into the newest vacation destination with luxury condos. This kid’s flick looks like it’ll be one to entertain with a new face for kids to enjoy. We’re a bit skeptical of its ability to surpass Kung Fu Panda 3 (which comes to theaters January 29) even with a head start, but it never hurts to root for the underdog once in awhile. The animation style is a bit different than we’re accustomed to, but hopefully that won’t be a problem for the reception with kids. In theaters January 15.