10 Must-See Movies This January

Bumblebee, Mary Poppins Returns, and more!

(SPOT.ph) While you’re probably busy filling out your new 2019 planner, re-organizing your closet, or writing up your resolutions for the year, be sure to make time for all the new movies headed your way in January. Kicking off 2019 is an exciting horror, a new take on a beloved children’s classic, a promising Pinoy romance, and more!

Lionheart

Release date: January 4
Touted as the first original Nigerian movie to be acquired by Netflix, Lionheart tells the story of a young woman who takes on the challenge of saving her company after her father falls ill. The movie first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018 to raving reviews.

Bumblebee

Release date: January 8
The latest installment in the blockbuster Transformers franchise takes on a more “nuanced” and “surprisingly poignant” route with a prequel centering on the titular character. Set in the '80s, Bumblebee is on the run and seeks refuge in a junkyard where he meets an 18-year-old girl named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld). Transformers director Michael Bay takes the backseat as a producer for this movie, which is already being praised by critics as the franchise’s best installment yet.

Mary Poppins Returns

Release date: January 8
Feel like a kid again with the musical sequel to the 1964 classic that once starred Julie Andrews as the beloved nanny. Stepping into the titular role is Emily Blunt, who arrives to aid a now-older Michael Banks and his three kids. Directed by Rob Marshall, the movie also features an all-star ensemble cast that includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and even Dick Van Dyke, who reprises his role from the original film.

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Glass

Release date: January 16
Another exciting sequel awaits you this month, this time in the horror genre. M. Night Shymalan brings together the stories of two of his most praised work: 2000’s Unbreakable, which features the original cast of Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson; and 2016’s Split, with James McAvoy reprising his role with multiple identities. 

Sakaling Maging Tayo

Release date: January 16
I’m Drunk, I Love You director JP Habac returns to the silver screen with this new Pinoy movie that looks promising and heartbreaking at the same time. Elisse Joson and McCoy de Leon as two friends who secretly harbor feelings for each other. Things get interesting when they start exchanging dares, including kissing one’s crush.

Once Upon a Deadpool

Release date: January 16
Everyone’s favorite fourth wall-breaking superhero returns with a holiday-themed twist. Once Upon a Deadpool is a PG-friendly take on Deadpool 2, reportedly with over 20 minutes of unseen footage and a surprise fairytale that even the kids (and superhero-loving adults) can enjoy. 

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Release date: January 18
Netflix’s intriguing action-thriller stars Noomi Rapace in the lead role of a bodyguard and counter-terrorism expert, who takes on the job of protecting a wealthy, young heiress. The movie is reportedly inspired by the life of real-life female bodyguard, Jacquie Davis, who also serves as consultant for the film and helped develop the action sequences.

The Kid Who Would Be King

Release date: January 23
Magic meets the modern world in this adventure about a young boy named Alex who stumbles upon the mythical sword, Excalibur. What follows is an epic tale of knights, the wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart), and the wicked enchantress, Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson).

Polar

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Release date: January 25
An adaptation of the action-noir comic book series of the same name, Netflix’s Polar centers on a skilled assassin whose upcoming retirement plans are thwarted when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he finds himself going head to head with an army of younger and faster killers. The film stars Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, and more.

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The Mule

Release date: January 30
Award-winning actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood plays Earl Stone, an elderly man on the brink of losing his business. He takes on a seemingly normal job as a driver, but unbeknownst to him, he just signed on to be the drug courier for a Mexican cartel.

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