The Top Ten Films to See This January

Here’s our take on the ten most interesting looking films which reach UK cinemas this month…

We’re now fully in the swing of the new year and having finished looking back to the films of 2015 we thought it was about time that we had a look at what films we have to look forward to for this month. We’re pretty excited by the range and quality of the films on show here which encompass period dramas, award nominated performances, modern thrillers and one blood splattered western. Here are our top ten picks for January 2016…

The Assassin 

IMDB: An assassin accepts a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in seventh-century China.
Rumsey’s Musings: Plenty of great reviews combined with some ravishingly beautiful stills make this one of our top films to watch this month. We cannot wait to see what The Assassin looks like on the big screen.
Release Date: 22/01/2016

The Big Short

IMDB: Four denizens of the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.
Rumsey’s Musings: The combination of a strong story and a great cast (Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell and Christian Bale) have worked together to build a lot of really exciting hype around the release of The Big Short.
Release Date: 22/01/2016

Creed

IMDB: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Rumsey’s Musings:  It’s rare for a spinoff film to be even competent and yet all the signs point to Creed not only living up to the franchise which spawned it, but possibly being the most thrilling and emotionally resonant of the lot. A January must see.
Release Date: 15/01/2016

The Danish Girl

IMDB: A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Rumsey’s Musings: There have been quite a few mixed reviews of Tom Hooper’s latest effort but we are going to be seeing it regardless; not just because of the fascinating story, but because we were such fans of Redmayne in The Theory of Everything and can’t wait to see if he can deliver as thrilling a performance in this new challenging role.
Release Date: 01/01/2016

The Hateful Eight

IMDB: In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.
Rumsey’s Musings: The new Tarantino is just a cinematic must watch. Even if we think he may have waned a little over his last few films the man is still an icon for a reason and we are excited to see exactly what bloody carnage he has wrought this time around.
Release Date: 08/01/2016

The Revenant 

IMDB: A frontiersman named Hugh Glass on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s is on a quest for survival after being brutally mauled by a bear.
Rumsey’s Musings: Iñárritu’s films have enraptured us on many an occasion from when we first witnessed Biutiful in 2010, although having said that we were seemingly one of the few sites that didn’t love his latest work Birdman. Still we are quietly hopeful that The Revenant is going to be a hugely impressive film. It’s not often you can sensibly use the word epic but that is what the trailers paint the film as being and, combined with promising lead performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, we have a sneaking suspicion that it may actually make good on its promise.
Release Date: 15/01/2016

Room

IMDB: After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.
Rumsey’s Musings: Room has already become known for the incredible job Brie Larson does as the mother in this dark and thrilling film. If you’re undecided about whether to catch this one based on its plot then see it for her. It’s a piece of work which has a very strong awards buzz right now.
Release Date: 15/01/2016

Spotlight

IMDB: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
Rumsey’s Musings: Here is the film which have heard more good things about than all the rest combined. We have been told by our friends over the pond (where Spotlight has already been released) that this is an incredible piece of work and that it’s the one film we should guarantee that we see above all others this month. We’re not going to ignore them, Spotlight is essential viewing this month.
Release Date: 29/01/2016

We Come as Friends

IMDB: As war-ravaged South Sudan claims independence from North Sudan and its brutal President, Omar al-Bashir, a tiny, homemade prop plane wings in from France. It is piloted by eagle-eyed documentarian Hubert Sauper, who is mining for stories in a land trapped in the past but careening toward an apocalyptic future.
Rumsey’s Musings: The least publicised film on our list is this hard hitting look at how war and colonialism have shaped and destroyed South Sudan. It currently holds a 96% rating on Rotten Tomoatoes and comes highly recommended.
Release Date: 29/01/2016

Youth

IMDB: A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday.
Rumsey’s Musings: Paolo Sorrentino made a big critical splash two years ago with The Great Beauty and now looks set to do it again with his latest work, Youth. Lending the film extra prestige is its cast which includes Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda. We are excited to see what this collective talent can bring to us.
Release Date: 29/01/2016


So, what did you think? Are you also looking forward to any of these films or do you have your eyes set on other releases? Be sure to let me know in the comment box below!

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7 comments

  1. First time reading about We Come As Friends. Thanks for notifying me about that. The wait for ‘Room’ is absolutely killing me.

    1. No problem Tom. Yeah it has some extremely positive press!

  2. Great list! I think Room is overrated as a movie, but the performances are fantastic!

    1. Thanks Courtney! I have heard much the same thing but am really excited for Larson’s performance. What’s the child actor like?

      1. Child actor is amazing…didn’t like that he narrated the film though. It was kind of annoying.

        1. Well I’m glad that he is good in the role, would really damage the film if he couldn’t keep up with Larson!

  3. abbiosbiston · · Reply

    I’m hoping to catch almost all of these but wondering if it’s logistically feasible. Lol!

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