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January Movie Preview

Starting this month, I will be doing a monthly movie preview, where I simply give my thoughts as to which movies I think are worth the money and trip to the theater to see that month. So here we go, for the toughest movie month of the year, here is my January movie preview:

What to See:

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Release Date: Jan. 17th
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley & Kenneth Branagh

This is the latest installment (and first in over a decade) in the series featuring Tom Clancy’s fictional character Jack Ryan. This time around, Jack Ryan is portrayed by Chris Pine (star of the recent Star Trek reboots). Veteran actor Kevin Costner-whose 2014 looks like a very busy comeback year- also stars, along with actress Keira Knightley, as well as director himself Kenneth Branagh. It looks like there is a lot of potential here to provide a solid action/thriller.

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Ride Along
Release Date: Jan. 17th
Director: Tim Story
Starring: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are both pretty hilarious. Put them together, and what do you get? Lots of wise-cracking humor in a buddy cop comedy. Kevin Hart has a lot of projects due out in the near future, and although the performance of Ice Cube’s that I’m looking forward to most is 22 Jump Street, this is shaping up to be a fun comedy as well. The only thing bugging me about Ride Along is its PG-13 rating, which for the two stars both being known for their vulgar dialog, this is a bit concerning. But who knows, maybe we’ll get something similar to Eddie Murphy in Tower Heist.

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That Awkward Moment
Release Date: Jan. 31st
Director: Tom Gormican
Starring: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller

I have to admit, what got my attention for this movie are co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller. Both are up-and-coming actors who have a ton of future potential. Teller was hilarious in 21 & Over, and Jordan was untouchable in Fruitvale Station. Plus, it’s nice to see 2014 as the year where Efron finally steps away from the romantic-drama genre. Also, as a guy it’s nice to see romantic comedies that are from a guy’s standpoint, like Don Jon; it’s pretty refreshing.

Some picks that I think are worth missing or a future rental at best:

Hit Or Miss: The Legend of Hercules (Jan. 10th); The Nut Job (Jan. 17th); Devil’s Due (Jan. 17th); I, Frankenstein (Jan. 24th); Labor Day (Jan. 31st)


Written by Josh Sazin on January 5th, 2014

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