January is always a fantastic time to go to the movies. Lots of new movies come out on Boxing Day or New Years Day, it’s a great way to relax on your holidays, and it’s also a good way to escape the heat of the Australian summer, so today for my Friday Five I’m sharing five movies to see this January!
1. The Water Diviner
I saw this on Boxing Day and it was really good, so much better than I was expecting! It follows the story of a father in 1919 travelling to Turkey to find his three sons who were killed at Gallipoli. Stu (my resident military history expert) was also suitably impressed with the treatment of the Gallipoli story. This movie was directed by (and stars) Russell Crowe and it’s a really different story. I really enjoyed this one. Out now.
2. The Imitation Game
This one is next on my must-see list! It stars Benedict Cumberbatch (like you need more reason than that to go see it!) and Kiera Knightly and covers the life of Alan Turing, including his team working to crack the code of the Enigma Machine during the Second World War at Bletchley Park. It’s billed as a ‘historical thriller’ and covers lesser publicised parts of Turing’s life, including his post-war criminal prosecution for homosexuality. It looks like a fantastic movie and I can’t wait to see it. Out now.
Angelina Jolie directed this film, which had its world premier in Sydney, and is based on the true story of Louis Zamperini, American athlete and Olympian who survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber was drowned in the Second World War and was then sent on to a series of Prisoner of War camps. It looks like it will be a really good film and it will be interesting to see Angelina Jolie’s work as a director. Out 15 January.
4. Into the Woods
Moving on from military themed movies, we have Into the Woods, the newest Disney offering. The film is based on the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical of the same name, and combines the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk, with the story of a baker and his wife who desperately want a child. It has a huge ensemble cast including Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, James Corden, and Christine Baranski. Out 8 January.
This movie stars Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in what looks like a really different turn for all of them as actors. It feels like a psychological thriller just from the preview and looks really intriguing. It covers the story of brothers and wrestlers David and Mark Schultz and millionaire John du Pont, who created the ‘Foxcatcher Farm’ on his property to train up wrestlers for the Olympic team. It’s a dark story, based on true events, and looks like it will be really thrilling to watch. Out 29 January.
What movies are you looking forward to seeing this summer?