Box Office Weekend: January 2023

New year, same delayed trailer post. If you resolved to watch more films, you’ve come to the right place. We have a little bit of everything this month! Curiously, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO Max are not releasing their own original films in January.

Out today on Netflix:

How I Became a Gangster is a Netflix drama from Poland about a man who works his way through Warsaw’s criminal underworld. It did not have a trailer at press time.

The Kings of the World, a Colombian drama, follows five teens as they travel from Medellín to the country in pursuit of land that was bequeathed to one of them.

Playing in Theaters Friday, January 6:

Imani stars Brittany S. Hall as a woman who learns that she wasn’t in a car crash a year ago, but an Army special ops lieutenant with classified information. This film will also stream on BET+.

M3gan, which is destined to be a hit, stars Allison Williams as a woman who creates a murderous robot as a companion for her orphaned niece. That’s misleading–she wants her niece to have a companion. The murder is a side effect! Wait, are we supposed to blame women for our reliance on technology? That’s stupid. Anyway, M3gan is an LGBTQ+ movie after its trailer took Twitter by storm, and people have made this movie seem fun, so that’s nice.

Coming to Netflix:

The Pale Blue Eye, an adaptation of the Louis Bayard novel, stars Christian Bale as a “world-weary detective” who hires Edgar Allan Poe to assist him in his investigation.

Streaming the following Tuesday:

The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker, an irreverent documentary, tells the story of a hitchhiker who attacked a man with a hatchet, went viral, and was sentenced to prison for murdering a 73-year-old New Jersey man.

And Wednesday:

Noise, a Mexican drama without a trailer, follows a woman who bonds with the mothers of missing children.

Coming to theaters Friday, January 13:

Plane, a disaster movie, stars Gerard Butler (king of the January release?) as a pilot whose plane crashes on a “war-torn island.” They made this movie for dads. 

House Party, a reboot of the 1990 Kid ‘n Play classic, stars Tosin Cole, Jacob Latimore, Karen Obilom, D.C. Young Fly, and Scott Mescudi. This time two friends through a party in LeBron James’s house. The film was co-written by Stephen Glover, so I have hope. (I love the original.) 

Skinamarink is a horror movie. Children wake up to find their father–and their home’s windows and doors–gone. The film will stream on Shudder later this year.

The Devil Conspiracy is a horror movie about a cult who steals the Shroud of Turin (sure, bros). Someone on YouTube says that since this is rated R “they really can’t hold back,” and…what the hell does that mean?

My Father Muhammad Ali: The Untold Story, a documentary about Muhammad Ali, tells the boxer’s life through the eyes of his son, Muhammad Ali Jr.

That day on Netflix

Dog Gone, the latest in the Rehabilitation of Rob Lowe, is about a man searching for his dog on the Appalachian Trail. This is based on a true story, and I might watch it if there’s absolutely no Jesus in it.

Streaming the following Tuesday:

The Devil to Pay stars Danielle Deadwyler as a struggling, isolated Appalachian farmer desperate to protect her family. The reviews on this are very good. Reviews compare this to Midsommer and Wrong Turn but the vibes are Winter’s Bone

Available Thursday:

Khallat+, a dark comedy from Saudi Arabia, is an anthology film feature four offbeat stories.

Coming to theaters Friday, January 20:

In from the Side, a British drama, is about an affair between two players on a gay rugby team.

MISSING, from the team that made Searching, stars Storm Reid as a smart teen using technology to find her mother, Nia Long, who has disappeared abroad. Ken Leung plays a sketchy boyfriend, which hurts my heart, but I’ll take any Ken Leung I can get.

New Gods: Yang Jian is an animated fantasy film.

When You Finish Saving the World, directed by Jesse Eisenberg, stars Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard as a mother-son pair who “seek out replacements for each other.” (Ew?)

Coming that day to Netflix:

Mission Majnu, an Indian action movie, stars Sidharth Malhotra and Rashmika Mandanna as undercover operative agents during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

Streaming the following Monday:

Narvik is a Norwegian military drama. Set during WWII, a soldier learns the “shocking truth” about his wife. An English-language trailer was not available at press time.

Playing in theaters the following Wednesday:

Pathaan is an Indian Hindi-language espionage action thriller. Shah Rukh Khan stars as a RAW field agent in the fourth film in the YRF Spy Universe. This is Siddharth Anand’s first film in five years.

And Thursday:

Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist, this month’s religious movie, stars Kevin Sorbo, Neal McDonough, Bailey Chase, and Corbin Bernsen.

In theaters Friday, January 27:

Close is a Belgian drama about two boys whose close friendship is thrown into disarray when their peers ruin everything. 

Maybe I Do is a romantic comedy. A couple who can’t commit (well, he can’t?) have dinner with their parents, who are sleeping with each other. This awful movie stars Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, and William H. Macy.

The Man in the Basement, a French thriller, follows a couple beseiged by a creepy man who buys their creepy basement and makes moves on their teenage daughter.

Fear is a horror movie starring  Joseph Sikora, Andrew Bachelor, Annie Ilonzeh, Ruby Modine, Iddo Goldberg, Terrence Jenkins, Jessica Allain, and Tip “T.I.” Harris (ew). An “airborne threat” ruins a group getaway.

Distant stars Zachary Quinto, Naomi Scott, Anthony Ramos, and Kristofer Hivju. An asteroid miner must survive a harsh alien planet while he tries to reach a fellow survivor. (Maybe you shouldn’t mine asteroids!) A trailer was not available at press time.

On Netflix that day: 

You People, directed and co-written by Kenya Barris, is about a couple (Lauren London and co-writer Jonah Hill) whose parents and community are somewhat aghast at their pairing. I think I might be more interested if I could hear from her?

Streaming the last day of the month:

Pamela, a love story, the much-anticipated documentary from Pamela Anderson about her side of her own story. A trailer was not available at press time.

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