Welcome to another year of moviegoing. As always, 2018 promises tons of releases worth getting excited about, but before we delve into everything that January has to offer, let's take a brief glimpse back at last month.
Box office-wise, 2017 certainly saved the best for the year's final weeks. Star Wars: The Last Jedi - despite its divisive reception by fans - swiftly became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2017. That makes this the third consecutive year in which a new Star Wars film has been the top-earner in the United States, after The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle didn't fare too badly either, pushing Sony past the $1 billion mark for the year. Other December highlights like The Disaster Artist, I, Tonya and The Shape of Water might not be raking in piles of cash as towering as their bigger-budgeted brethren, but sharp critical word of mouth certainly boosts their prospects as awards season continues on.
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However, as Kylo Ren so astutely observed, it's time to "let the past die." So, in keeping with that sentiment, let's kick off the New Year with the 10 films we're looking forward to in January 2018.
Insidious: The Last Key (Release Date: January 5)
Insidious was breath of fresh air when it debuted back in 2010, but its 2013 sequel seemed to neatly conclude what appeared to be a pretty finite story. Yet, as all moviegoers know, you can't keep a good horror franchise down. So Insidious: Chapter 3 - despite its misleading title - took the prequel route, centering on psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) and her battles with the supernatural forces of The Further.
In Insidious: The Last Key, Shaye is again front and center. Picking up where the previous film ended, The Last Key - directed by Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan) - finds Elise and her assistants Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh Whannell, who also co-wrote all four films) investigating paranormal happenings in Elise's childhood home. Fans might not know how this entry will expand the unique mythology of Insidious, but we can at least count on some solid scares.
Check out the latest trailer for Insidious: The Last Key.
Molly's Game (Release Date: January 5)
Jessica Chastain has a long history of tour-de-force performances, and Molly's Game - hitting wide release this month - looks to be no exception. Based on the popular memoir, the film stars Chastain as Molly Bloom, a young woman whose underground poker games make her an FBI target. Idris Elba and Kevin Costner appear as well, lending their support as Molly's attorney and father, respectively.
More than just Chastain's latest starring vehicle, Molly's Game is the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network). Known for his crackling dialogue, Sorkin has developed a reputation for bringing some of the most engaging thrillers in recent memory to life. In Molly's Game, he may have found not only a major awards contender but an opportunity to bounce back following the lackluster box office performance of Steve Jobs.
Check out the latest trailer for Molly's Game.
The Commuter (Release Date: January 12)
When Taken opened a decade ago, no one anticipated the impact that this action-thriller would have on pop culture or - especially - on the career of star Liam Neeson. Yet, the actor's "particular set of skills" launched both a franchise for his Bryan Mills character and a new era in which he found himself as a high-octane action star.
Reteaming with Unknown and Run All Night director Jaume Collet-Serra, Neeson stars in The Commuter as a businessman who, seemingly at random, gets embroiled in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute. Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Elizabeth McGovern also appear. If The Commuter is anything like previous Collet-Serra/Neeson collaborations, audiences are in for a great time at the movies.
Check out the latest trailer for The Commuter.