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10 Films to See in January

Written by on January 2, 2019 

5. The Kid Who Would Be King (Joe Cornish; Jan. 25)

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After arriving on the scene back in 2011 with his mightly impressive directorial debut Attack the Block (along with a writing credit on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn), it’s been a long wait to see what Joe Cornish would do next. He was attached to a number of projects, but now he’s finally back with The Kid Who Would Be King. Once again capturing a group of teenagers getting into an adventure, his new film takes on the King Arthur tale with some modern-day, self-referential wit.

4. Serenity (Steven Knight; Jan. 25)

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Moving from a fall awards season slot to a January release is often the death knell for a film, but when it comes to Serenity, it made our anticipation skyrocket. From its first trailer, Steven Knight’s latest film, starring Anna Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey, looked like gloriously pulpy B-movie entertainment and its distributors seem to agree, slotting it in an early-year release instead.

3. Glass (M. Night Shyamalan; Jan. 18)

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I mean, look at the image. If you need another reason, M. Night Shyamalan is a far more interesting director than most have given him credit for, even post-2004. With a recent resurgence as he builds out the shared world of Split and Unbreakable, hopefully this is the rare franchise film that can feel fresh.

2. The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard; Jan. 25)

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Another miraculous, meticulously feat of cinematic collage, The Image Book finds the French New Wave icon continuing his boundary-pushing editing techniques, both in video and sound (to see this at Alice Tully Hall during New York Film Festival was something truly special).  Rory O’Connor said in his Cannes review, “Split into five sections of various lengths titled REMAKES, BOOK OF LAW, CENTRAL AREA, and two others that proved too long for both my memory and my notebook, Le Livre d’Image (for now known as The Image Book in English) offers a collection of fragmented thoughts on cinema and geopolitics, I think.”

1. The Wild Pear Tree (Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Jan. 30)

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan returned to Cannes Film Festival this year with the beautiful and, of course, patiently-paced drama The Wild Pear Tree, following up his Palme d’Or winner Winter’s Sleep. Telling the story of a writer returning home to reconnect with his father, Rory O’Connor said in his rave review, ” Do not be deterred by that running time. The staggering emotional payoff — a transcendental moment so beautiful in its simplicity that the previous three hours of seriousness appear to melt away — is worth every last minute.”

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