Molly's Game (Jan 5-USA, Jan 1-UK, Jan 4-Singapore)
Aaron Sorkin is one of the best writers in recent time, with his award-winning works in The Social Network and Steve Jobs. Now, this next film may also be his directorial debut, but it looks great. And sometimes, I prefer it if directors pay high respect/attention to the story first and foremost. And yet, the trailers for this film show that the directing may not be half bad at all, and with a very intriguing crime drama story, this is a film I am excited to see.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R88EnXv7Swc (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K3GVgiOqhg (Trailer #2)
The Post (Jan 12-USA, Jan 19-UK, Jan 18-Singapore)
Even if I do not know the plot of this film, I would already be sold. Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Meryl Streep & Tom Hanks, music composed by John Williams. In sports terms, this is like the All-Star Team. I did not need anything else to be sold, but knowing that the plot is about The Pentagon Papers story is good. And so is knowing that this film is already nominated for the Golden Globes in six categories.
The Commuter (Jan 12-USA, Jan 19-UK, Jan 11-Singapore)
Non-Stop, Run All Night, the Taken films. This new film is just the next one in a series of Liam Neeson as an action hero in a lower budget action flick. I suppose Liam Neeson is not a bad action hero, and it is nice to see him do these movies while he still can. But when the stories and the quality of the film does not justify it, it becomes a problem. In fact, with this film being directed by his frequent collaborator Jaume Collet-Serra, I can imagine this movie to be just like Non-Stop, but switching the plane with a train.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWexI9YiLSc (Teaser Trailer)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgRi8pmMyGQ (Trailer #1)
12 Strong (Jan 19-USA, Jan 26-UK, Jan 18-Singapore)
What this film really reminds me of is that film from Michael Bay titled 13 Hours. Not only because of the resemblance in the title formatting, but also because the plot seems to revolve around a group of soldiers facing a large threat with the odds stacked highly against their favour. I can seriously see this being a repeat of that film, just in a different setting. And I have to say, I did not quite like that film. But I won't brush off this new film just yet. The cast looks pretty good, and if the word out there is quite positive, I might give this a chance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlBGTEHioRU (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of1OhDiwVD0 (Trailer #2)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Jan 26-USA, Jan 26-UK, Jan 25-Singapore)
I have never been a big fan of the Maze Runner series. They may be an okay/decent watch, but they are not that good, in all honesty. And even if there are no sequels or anything, I wouldn't mind at all. But knowing that this is the last in the series, maybe it is worth giving it one last go and at minimum, to see how the story ends. I won't be going in with much anticipation or excitement, but I would be willing to give it one last shot and hope it ends the trilogy with a good run.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnE_y4vN9nQ (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leFSYkUAaAw (Final Trailer)
As is customary, I can call out some interesting horror movies to look out for, but don't expect any word from me, in any way. The next installment in the Insidious franchise, Insidious: The Last Key (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSX1J0BsoiI) is out on January 5.
In addition to those action flicks above, there are still a few more action films which I personally rate as generic because they look just like any other action flick and does not offer much more in terms of plot variety, casting, etc. These are Stratton (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFoBq-oOqUs), out on January 5 in the US, and Proud Mary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUWKn4p2s_s), which will be out on January 12.
Next up is a very interesting western film, Hostiles (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M5cj4UmscE), which will be out on January 19. The trailer looks pretty cool. Also out on the same day is the heist action film Den of Thieves (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLPP4kUWrKI), which also looks pretty cool, especially with the idea that these group of cops have no limits.