None of those big budget blockbusters, yet, but still quite a lot of films to look out for...
The Hateful Eight (Jan 1-USA, Jan 8-UK, Jan 21-Singapore)
If I were any other film reviewer, all I'd need to do is mention the director's name. But I am not them. In fact, the only Quentin Tarantino film I've ever seen is Inglourious Basterds - which is a good film with many memorable moments, but a bit too peculiar and slow-paced for my taste. I know Pulp Fiction is good, but its a bit too far for my time. And honestly, I've been meaning to check out Django Unchained, though...soon, perhaps.
In any case, I get the idea of how QT has his own unique vision and take on films. All those Academy Awards nominations & wins speaks for it as well. But as I said before, they're just a bit peculiar and slow-paced for my taste. As such, even personally, I have yet to decide in seeing this in the theatres.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIOmotayDMY (Teaser Trailer)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juaP_vRyIGY (Trailer #1)
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Jan 15-USA, Jan 29-UK, Feb 18-Singapore)
I suppose, in contrast to the film above, the director of this film, Michael Bay, has been criticized time and again for his recent Transformers films. While they make a lot of money, they didn't get a lot of love, especially from critics. I could understand all the hate, but I am one of the few people who appreciate some of the cool aspects of the film.
And now, looking at the trailers of this film, it certainly looks like a film right down his alley - with tons of action & explosions. Judging by the kind of film this looks to be (and his Transformers films), I would not even expect this to be a very good film. But I do expect this film to be quite entertaining & action-packed, i.e. a watchable film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdBLr33E07w (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBFmlNfFwUw (Trailer #2)
The 5th Wave (Jan 22-USA, Jan 22-UK, Jan 14-Singapore)
It's not only the superhero films that keeps on coming...the Young Adult Science-Fiction Novel Adaptations keeps on coming, too. There has been hits and misses with this particular genre, and the same doubt hovers around this film, for me. The theme of this film certainly looks cool, and it looks promising, based on the trailers. But if they don't pull this off well, then it could yet be another miss for the YA Sci-Fi Novel Adaptation. If they focus too much on the romance thing, specifically...I'm out. So, actually, this film will decide whether or not I'm going to be invested with the saga, and more importantly, whether the critics and audiences will like it such that the sequels can be made.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgSF9Hn1nf0 (Trailer #1)
The Finest Hours (29 Jan-USA, 19 Feb-UK, 18 Feb-Singapore)
I have recently seen a film about a disaster at sea. But this one looks to be much more on the suspense & thrill. I'm not particularly fond of disaster films where things just go from bad to worse. It's a bit depressing. But if they are done well, then they're worth the watch. And I'll be looking out for this film because it has the potential to be a good one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I0ifMz5PbQ (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jLXw5DqTbQ (Trailer #2)
Kung Fu Panda 3 (Jan 29-USA)
The first two films of this franchise took me by surprise because they were awesome. I'd never thought animated film could pull off brilliant action sequences until I see the Kung Fu Panda films. But somehow, I'm not too excited with this next one. It feels like as if the series doesn't have a lot more to offer. I'm still excited enough and I'm definitely going to see it, but I'm not as excited as I would have, because it seems like the series doesn't have a lot of new things to show for.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgBWSPD6MUU (Teaser Trailer)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoXk1_3KRZg (Trailer #1)
The Revenant (January 8)
-A western survival thriller with a really dark and gritty tone...
Ride Along 2 (January 15)
- A sequel to the hit comedy, Ride Along...
Jane Got a Gun (January 29)
-The third western film for the month, and has a similarly great cast...