A new year means new movies and that means that our time at the cinema should be well spent. January is a bit of a slow month for new films. There’s a ton of movies that are vying for awards spots that open small in December. This allows them to qualify for the Oscars of that year and then they break big in January. However, despite how slim the pickings are, there are still some potential gems to be had as we kick off the 2020 movies list for January.
Where else could we find a reboot of The Grudge, a truly twisted take on a Grimm fairy tale, and the third (and final?) installment of the beloved Bad Boys franchise. This says nothing of the action turn that Blake Lively takes in The Rhythm Section or the continued softening of Robert Downey, Jr. in Dolittle. Even as these films are picked apart, Underwater sits before us as a true enigma. By all accounts this underwater film looks like Alien in the deep. What it turns out to be and what this list represents are the first celluloid wild cards of the new year.
While seemingly more interested in peddling her clothing designs than movies, Blake Lively takes a spirited turn as Stephanie. After her family is killed in a plane crash, she sets about taking revenge on those who caused it to happen. Stephanie is swift, adept, and over the course of the film truly becomes the monster she seeks to stop. It’s almost inevitable that that would happen in a situation like this but Blake Lively brings a believability to this role that was seemingly absent from Green Lantern. On the contrary, The Rhythm Section is the kind of January release that if done right will stay with you throughout 2020, and could catapult lively into a different class of action hero.
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