2018 January Movies
- Action, Sci-Fi
In the conclusion to the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.
This is the latest film based on the series of young-adult novels written by James Dashner. The first movie came out in 2014 and was moderately successful, grossing $102.4 million domestically. A sequel, The Scorch Trials, was released a year later and unfortunately fared worse - bringing in $81.6 million during its run. The adaptations represented Fox's attempt to cash in on the young-adult craze that swept the entertainment industry for a brief period, building off the blockbusters like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.
The Death Cure was originally scheduled for release in February 2017, but star Dylan O'Brien suffered injuries during principal photography, which forced the project to be delayed. Filming shut down in April 2016 to give the star more time to recover and cameras started rolling once again in March 2017.
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- Thriller, Mystery, Horror
The creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy return for Insidious: The Last Key. The franchise welcomes back standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist who faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.
This film is the fourth overall installment in the Insidious horror film franchise, which began with the original movie back in 2011. The previous three films have all been moderate box office successes, with the property peaking in 2013 with Insidious: Chapter 2 ($83.5 million). The Last Key is second in regards to the in-universe chronology, following the events of Insidious: Chapter 3. It was originally going to be released in October 2017 for Halloween, but studio Blumhouse Productions pushed it back for Happy Death Day instead. Principal photography took place in 2016.
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- Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.
This film is based on the Paddington Bear stories created by author Michael Bond and serves as a sequel to the family hit from 2014. The original Paddington movie earned widespread acclaim from critics and earned $265.3 million at the worldwide box office. Among the accolades it received were two British Academy Film Awards: Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay. The success of the first film all but guaranteed a sequel would be made. Principal photography ran from October 2016 to June 2017, completing ahead of Paddington 2's U.K. theatrical premiere in November 2017.
Paddington 2 was originally going to be distributed by The Weinstein Company, but following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the rights were picked up by Warner Bros.
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- Action, Crime, Drama
A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.
This project will mark the directorial debut of Christian Gudegast, who previously penned the scripts for action films A Man Apart and London Has Fallen. In addition to being the helmsman, Gudegast also wrote the screenplay for Den of Thieves. Star Gerard Butler first signed on back in June 2016 and production began in January 2017.
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- Crime, Drama, Mystery
Michael McCauley (Liam Neeson) is an insurance salesman who is on his daily commute home. A mysterious stranger contacts him and offers him $100,000 if he identifies a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes he is caught in the midst of a deadly criminal conspiracy and that his life and the lives of his fellow passengers are at risk.
This film has been in development since 2010, when Olatunde Osunsanmi signed on to direct. It lingered for a number of years before Jaume Collet-Serra became the helmsman. The Commuter marks the filmmaker's fourth collaboration with Liam Neeson, following other action films Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night. Production took place in 2016, as the film was initially scheduled for an October 2017 premiere. Distributor StudioCanal later made the decision to push it back to January 2018. The Commuter has received mixed reviews early on from critics.
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- Action, Drama, History
12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.
This film is based on a true story, using Doug Stanton's book, Horse Soldiers, as its primary source of inspiration. 12 Strong has been in development for quite some time, with the script first bought by Walt Disney Pictures for producer Jerry Bruckheimer in 2009. The project eventually moved homes to Warner Bros. and started to pick up steam in 2016 when director Nicolai Fuglsig came on board. Fuglsig is making his feature film debut with the picture. Principal photography started in January 2017.
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- Drama, Adventure, Western
In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.
This is the latest film from director Scott Cooper, who is known for films such as Crazy Heart and Black Mass. The project was first announced in February 2016, which was when Christian Bale became attached. Production started in July of that year in Santa Fe. Hostiles premiered at the 2017 Telluride Film Festival, and also played at Toronto before debuting in theaters several months later.
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- Action, Thriller
Taraji P. Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.
Henson became involved with the movie in January 2017, before Proud Mary had found a director. Helmsman Babak Najafi signed on to call the shots in February 2017, before principal photography started in April of that year. The title of the film seems to be taken from the song "Proud Mary," which was originally recorded by Credence Clearwater Revival in 1969. Tina Turner did a cover version in 1988, which was used in the trailer for Proud Mary.
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