Winter weather makes home entertainment more welcoming as theater goers will also find worthy offerings as they venture through the cold to a warm, welcoming cinema (NOTE: all release dates are subject to change).
On January 1st, Netflix will release Bee Movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Hugo, The Parent Trap and the first five Superman movies that star Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh.
Home video releases on Tuesday the third include Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life based on the best-selling book by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts and the biographical drama Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall.
On the sixth, theaters will offer A Monster Calls starring rising young star Lewis MacDougall (Pan) as a boy coping with the illness of his mother, played by Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Sigourney Weaver and Toby Kebbell also star along with the voice talents of Liam Neeson and the latest vampire Underworld action thriller subtitled Blood Wars starring Kate Beckinsale.
On the ninth, the animated video game adaptation Ratchet and Clank will release on Netflix.
Home video releases on the tenth will include Deepwater Horizon, a recommended drama that chronicles the April 2010 oil rig disaster that created the worst oil spill in U.S. history starring Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams. Kate Hudson co-stars as Mike’s wife Felicia while Hudson’s father Kurt Russell also stars along with John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’ Brien, and Ethan Suplee.
Look for the animated The Lion Guard: Life in the Pride Lands, sci-fi adventure Max Steel and thriller The Accountant starring Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, Anna Kendrick, Cynthia Addai-Robinson and John Lithgow where Affleck plays a mysterious and incredibly intelligent forensic accountant while Gavin O’ Connor (Warrior) directs.
Early releases on digital will be the animated classic Pinocchio, the Walt Disney Signature Collection, and the unique chess drama The Queen of Katwe before the actual physical copies releases on January 31.
Netflix will release the fantasy sequel Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass on the eleventh.
Theatrical releases on Friday the 13th will include the adventure Monster Trucks, action crime thriller Sleepless, inspiring drama The Book of Love and the thriller The Bye Bye Man where three friends discover an evil entity causing the world’s most deplorable acts.
Also on the 13th, Netflix will release the first seasons of A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Investigator: A British Crime Story where a man re-investigates a woman’s disappearance as her husband pleads his innocence throughout.
Home video releases for the 17th will include the action comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses starring Zack Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and the animated sequel to the Surf’s Up, Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania.
More dramatic home video releases include the legal mystery The Whole Truth starring Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger and the thriller The Girl on the Train, based on the recent best-selling book and starring Emily Blunt.
The first season of Frontier, a historical drama series chronicling the North American fur trade of the 1700s, will arrive on Netflix on the 20th.
Theatrical releases on the 20th will attempt to heat up the box office with the Vin Diesel action vehicles xXx: The Return of Zander Cage, Michael Keaton’s McDonald’s restaurant biopic The Founder and M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller Split starring James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse) as a man with 24 dual personalities.
The family comedy-drama The Resurrection of Gavin Stone stars Brett Dalton (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as a former child star who finds redemption and a life changing performance while doing community service at a church.
In the limited release of the animated fantasy The Red Turtle, moviegoers can get a unique castaway experience without dialogue.
On the 24th, you can get the digital release of the animated musical comedy Trolls (Party edition (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD) home video release and other versions coming on Feb. 7) plus the regular home video releases of the thriller Inferno, romantic drama The Light Between Oceans and World War II military action movie USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, which is based on the story of a stranded American navy ship, starring Nicolas Cage Tom Sizemore and Thomas Jane.
The biographical drama I’m Not Ashamed chronicles the inspiring story of the first victim in the Columbine high school tragedy, Rachel Joy Scott.
On the 27th, theaters will release the comedy adventure A Dog’s Purpose, directed by Lasse Hallström (Hachi: A Dog’s Tale), starring Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland), Josh Gad (Frozen) and Dennis Quaid and the action thriller Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
Regular home video releases of the animated classic Pinocchio: Walt Disney Signature Collection and The Queen of Katwe arrive on the 31st along with Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders (Marvel’s Avengers) in the action thriller Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, based on the Lee Child book series. You can also find the comedies Masterminds and Boo! A Madea Halloween.
Have a great January!
Copyright © Michael Siebenaler