5 Movies We’re Looking Forward To: January 2014

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5 Movies We're Looking Forward To: January 2014

January Movie Preview The month of January has traditionally been a relatively light one as far as new releases are concerned. As we transition from 2013 to 2014, many moviegoers will be playing catch-up on the films they missed from the end of last year - films like The Hobbit or The Wolf of Wall Street - which leaves little time for new product. Still, there are a few January films that may be worth seeing, if for no other reason than to enjoy a brief 2-hour distraction. We're not saying all of the films on our list are going to be winners, but they do have some potential. Here are the 5 films we're looking forward to in January 2014.

January 3rd: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

January Movie Preview - Paranormal Activity Marked Ones The release of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones represents a pretty significant risk for Paramount. For starters, this is the first entry not to release around Halloween, which is in and of itself a departure. Moreover, this is the first spin-off entry in the series, one that follows similar themes, and ties into the overarching narrative, but is focused on completely unrelated characters. That said, the doldrums of January are typically quite accommodating to the horror genre, so it's entirely possible that the franchise, which has stumbled as of late, regains its footing with this entry. At the same time, this could be a Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 situation, where the franchise goes almost completely off the reservation. Watch the trailer for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

January 10th: The Legend of Hercules

January Movie Preview - Legend of Hercules One of two Hercules films slated to hit theaters this year, The Legend of Hercules is what most would call the also-ran. The film doesn't have the big name star or the huge budget, but it does have the advantage of being first out of the gate. Twilight's Kellan Lutz plays the titular demi-god in this origin story, which comes courtesy of action director Renny Harlin. Harlin, too, isn't a big name (anymore at least), but he does know his way around an action movie. Admittedly, this one has the potential of being a real disaster, but we're reserving judgment until we see the final product. We said the same thing about last year's Olympus Has Fallen, which was also the first of two similarly themed movies to release in the same year, and that turned out okay. Watch the trailer for The Legend of Hercules.

January 10th: Her

January Movie Preview - Her If there's one thing to be said about writer/director Spike Jonze it's that he never tries to make the same movie twice. Each of his films has a style and a personality all their own, and his latest film, Her, is no different. Part sci-fi, part romance, Her follows a man named Theodore who develops a close bond with his new Operating System, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. That premise in and of itself is unique, but early reviews suggest the film has a lot to say about our growing dependence on technology and how we might soon interact with A.I.-controlled devices in the future. If nothing else, Her will offer an intriguing off-beat story, but we suspect it has a lot more going for it than that. Watch the trailer for Her.

January 17th: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

January Movie Preview - Jack Ryan If there was a must-see release of the month, this is it. Like many of the literary characters before him, Jack Ryan is getting the "Jason Bourne" treatment – taking what is essential about a specific character, in this case Tom Clancy's CIA analyst, and bolstering that with a little action hero panache. In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Chris Pine takes over as the titular hero, but in an earlier stage of his CIA career. Ryan, in typical fashion, uncovers a sinister plot against the U.S., and believes that Viktor Cherevin is at the center of said plot. Cheverin also happens to be played by the film's director, Kenneth Branagh. The January release date has us a little apprehensive, but if the film is successful it will likely jump start a whole new Jack Ryan franchise. Watch the trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

January 24th: I, Frankenstein

January Movie Preview - I Frankenstein I, Frankenstein seeks to do for piecemeal monsters what Underworld did for vampires, turn them into action movie fodder. At the center of it all is Aaron Eckhart's character, Adam Frankenstein, an amalgamation of body parts brought back to life by electricity who just so happens to fight demons. In all seriousness, I, Frankenstein is a film that, like The Legend of Hercules, could turn out to be wholly disappointing, and borderline silly. Yet, with Eckhart in the driver seat, and the obvious Underworld connections, it's hard not to be at least a tiny bit excited for this one. Also, any time Bill Nighy plays a villain we have to take notice. Watch the trailer for I, Frankenstein.

5 Movies We're Looking Forward To: January 2014

Paranormal Activity Marked Ones Poster While these are the 5 films that made our list there are a few other January releases that may be worth keeping an eye on, including the Ice Cube/Kevin Hart comedy Ride Along and director Jason Reitman's latest film, Labor Day. There's also the horror film Devil's Due and the animated squirrel movie The Nut Job, but we're not banking on either of those being very good. And, as far as the box office is concerned, that's even harder to predict than the quality of a January release. What about you? Which films are you most looking forward to seeing this month? Let us know in the comments below. Once again, here are the 5 movies we're looking forward to this month:
  • January 3rd: Paranormal Activity, The Marked Ones
  • January 10th: The Legend of Hercules, Her
  • January 17th: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  • January 24th: I, Frankenstein
TAGS: her, i frankenstein, jack ryan, Paranormal Activity, The Legend of Hercules

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  1. Herc looks like a scifi channel original. None of these have had much if any buzz afterall january has always been a dumping ground for subpar films. Think the jack ryan one though has a shot, it’s trailer looked alright.

  2. “her” it’s only one that matters. the rest is crap.

    and since when ‘olympus has fallen’ turned out ok? it was a lame action movie screaming “patriotic” all over the place. and having north korea attacking the white house? seriously? ‘murica at its finest!

    • Yes, because North Korea hasn’t been trying to get the U.S.’s attention with any formal threats or anything…how dare “‘murica” use them as the enemy in a film….*eye roll*

      Something tells me you’d complain no matter who the filmmakers chose as the antagonists in the film anyway, so save it.

      Olympus Has Fallen was better than a handful of 2013 action movies – unless the corny PG-13 White House Down is how you like your action.

      • nope, WHD was even worst! but that’s because rolan emmerich is the worst director ever.

        • Uwe Bowell would like to have a conversation with you.

  3. Her is the only one that im interested in

  4. I’m really looking forward to “I, Frankenstein”. But then again, I don’t need a movie to be the end all & be all of my existence. I just need it to entertain me. I love the Underworld Series, so I’m greatly anticipating this also. I’ll check out the the Jack Ryan one also. Not too much else interests me on this list. “Her” looks like another long-winded piece of drivel suitable for the Cannes Film Festival.

  5. Aaron, who is your trainer? You gotta hook me up. Your physical condition in that picture is freakin’ outstanding for a 45 year old man!

  6. I’m definitely going to see Her and Jack Ryan, the rest I’m not interested in the slightest

  7. “Her” is already out where i am, i just havent had time to see it. Aside from that, “That Awkward Moment” is the only January release that interests me. Even Jack Ryan seems cliche and boring, like “Salt” or “Jack Reacher”

    • Except that Salt and Jack Reacher were great movies. I’m still confused as to which is the correct ending in Salt though.

      I look at this list and think “wake me when Noah releases”. I’ll watch them for sure, just wouldn’t pay to see them at the cinema and would rather wait for their TV premiere. It’s kind of like The Master and Sound Of My Voice. Both great movies but I’m glad I saw them for free on television because there were times in the movies that I wondered whether to stop watching and if I felt that way in a cinema, I’d leave with a sour taste and I don’t like leaving the cinema unhappy about wasting my time and money.

    • Salt and Jack Reacher were both fine and entertaining action movies wuth a star to anchor them. I hope Shadow does the same, but the trailers suggest it will perhaps do even more…or be awful.

  8. I definitely want to see I Frankenstein!! And maybe Jack Ryan, The others not so much.

  9. Shadow Recruit.

  10. 1. Everything I’ve seen thus far for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones makes it look like some made for television movie. The Paranormal Activity franchise has been one of my “guilty pleasures”, but I think this whole spinoff ordeal is overkill.

    2. Aaron Eckhart kind of looks like Hal Jordan.

  11. Looking forward to Her, reviews and award attention is really good. Maybe Lone Survivor.

  12. I,Frankenstein is the only one i actually want to see, such a bad month, least February has robocop and pompeii.

    • Robocop and Pompeii? The former looks cheesy and Pompeii looks like a straight to video type of film. More like, Monuments Men and 3 Days to Kill

  13. I’ll watch I, Frankenstein. I think I’m going to give Hercules a miss, even ore so now I know they’ve cast a Twilight actor.

  14. NICE!!! Great story, thumbs up!!!

  15. The Paranormal Activity sequel was horrible! They have squeezed everything out of the genre. Predictable ending and the supposed chills are so familiar.

  16. These were all terrible. Sheeit, withthe benefit of hindsight if you wuz looking forward to seeing this pile of re-fried dung piles then you got problems my friend. I’m looking forward tothe mastersofthe universe sequel.

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