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10 Films To See In January

Written by on January 3, 2012 

Matinee:

Man on a Ledge (Asger Leth; Jan 27th)

Synopsis: As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion…

Trailer

Why You Should See a Matinee: I’ve been patiently waiting for Leth’s narrative debut after his war doc Ghosts of Cité Soleil. He had a drug cartel project with Josh Brolin that fell apart at the last moment, but he quickly jumped onto the thriller Man on a Ledge. It looks like a competent action film with a solid cast, but trailer was filled with one too many cliches to heavily anticipate this one.

Newlyweds (Edward Burns; Jan. 13th)

Synopsis: Newlyweds Buzzy and Katie find their blissful life disrupted by the arrival of his half-sister and news of her sister’s marriage troubles.

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Why You Should See a Matinee: You’ve seen in him in many Hollywood films, but as a writer/director Edwards Burns has crafted his own niche in independent cinema. In our review of his latest film Newlyweds, we recognized that his love for Woody Allen is appareent, but it never “reeks of a rip-off.” In addition to a limited theatrical release, the film is now on VOD.

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (Dori Berinstein; Jan. 20th)

Synopsis: One in a billion, Carol, at 89, remains an unstoppable, megawatt dynamo. Broadway diva extraordinaire is just the icing. Carol Channing hovered at the pinnacle of the entertainment world from the late-1950’s through the 1960’s and beyond, living life sensationally large.

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Why You Should See a Matinee: Here is another documentary on a entertainment figure that looks to extend beyond to just fans, based on the initial glowing reviews. I personally know very little of Channing’s history and look forward to this doc catching me up to speed.

Red Tails (Anthony Hemingway; Jan. 20th)

Synopsis: A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

Trailer

Why You Should See a Matinee: From executive producer George Lucas and director Anthony Hemingway this WII fighter pilot actioner looks to rely solely on cheesy one-liners. Fans of the terribly over-praised Top Gun might find a connection, but it is hard to muster up any real excitement for this one. I’m interested in seeing if Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard still have any good performances left, and Bryan Cranston is always strong, but this could be another disappointment in Lucas’ long streak.

Roadie (Michael Cuesta; Jan. 6th)

Synopsis: After 20 years on the road with Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy Testagros returns to his hometown to life with his ailing mother. Complications arise when he falls for an old friend, who is now married to his longtime nemesis.

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Why You Should See a Matinee: Reviews have been mediocre for this drama, but coming off his hilarious supporting role in Tom McCarthy‘s Win Win last year, I look forward to seeing Bobby Cannavale. 

What are you looking forward to this month?

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