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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Jan 172019
 
January 1:

Bad Reputation: An admiring documentary portrait of punk rock icon Joan Jett. (DVD release: Day & date)

The Demonologist: When detective investigates a string of brutal murders, he discovers a cult that worships the four King Demons of Hell, who plan on bringing them forth to destroy the Earth. (VOD only)

Lifechanger:A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves. (VOD only)

Love, Gilda: An intimate look at the life and career of beloved comedienne Gilda Radner, told in her own words. (DVD release: Day & date)

The Old Man and the Gun: Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 15)

State Like Sleep: One year after her husband’s (Michiel Huisman) untimely death, a young widow (Katherine Waterston) receives an unsettling phone call that forces her to revisit her past. Also starring Luke Evans and Michael Shannon. (VOD, Digital only)

January 4:

Being Rose: After being diagnosed with serious health issues, ex-cop Rose Jones (Cybill Shepherd) goes on a road trip in a wheelchair to search for her estranged son. Along the way, she falls in love with Max (James Brolin), a handsome old cowboy, who has come to a crossroads of his own. (VOD only)

The Vanishing (aka Keepers): After three lighthouse keepers arrive for work on a remote Scottish isle, they make a fateful discovery: a wrecked rowboat—with a chest full of gold. As a mysterious boat heads toward the island, the three men make a choice that will change their lives forever, ensnaring them in a web of greed, paranoia, and murder. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 5)

January 8:

The Car: Road to Revenge: In the stylized, unrated sequel to the unconventional horror cult classic “The Car” (1977), an unscrupulous District Attorney in a dilapidated cyberpunk city plagued by crime is savagely murdered and tossed out of a building onto his brand new car: but he and his car come back to life as a single being with a thirst for vengeance. (DVD release: Day & date)

Family Guy 20 Greatest Hits: Celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary with this marvelously musical collection of 20 song-and-dance-filled episodes. (DVD: Day & date)

First Man: A look at the life of the astronaut Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 22)

The Hate U Give: Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 22)

Johnny English Strikes Again: When a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, the country’s only hope — Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson is called out of retirement. English’s new mission is his most critical to date: Dive head first into action to find the mastermind hacker. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 22)

The Spy Gone North: A gripping, fact-based spy saga about a loyal South Korean agent caught in the political vortex plotted by the ruling classes of two Koreas. Set in 1993 Korea, the only country where the Cold War continues, where tensions surrounding the development of nuclear weapons escalate. (VOD only)

Terror Tales: Three horrific tales of the macabre including a demon, a serial killer and an evil deity. (VOD only)

January 11:

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Season Two: Jay Ward’s squirrel and moose duo return in this all-new series, alongside rivals Boris and Natasha and Fearless Leader. (Amazon Prime Video)

Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom: Norm, the newly crowned polar bear king of the arctic, travels to New York to accept the keys to the city, but he goes from hero to villain when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. The animated feature is Dove Family-Approved for all ages. (VOD only)

January 14:

My Brilliant Friend: Adapted from the first book in Elena Ferrante’s acclaimed “Neapolitan Novels,” this drama series follows Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman who discovers the most important friend in her life has disappeared. (Digital only)

January 15:

Blood Bound: Bound to an ancient pact, a family of unlimited power descends upon a small rural town to sacrifice four human lives — one being a member of their own family. (VOD only)

Boy Erased: The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 29)

Hunter Killer: An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy SEALs to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 29)

Jonathan: In this sci-fi-tinged drama, Ansel Elgort plays two brothers living very separate lives – inside the same body. Previously content to live life in shifts with one another, their delicate balance is ruined when they become emotionally involved with the same woman (Suki Waterhouse). (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

Once Upon a Deadpool: A PG-13 fairytale twist on Deadpool 2 the whole family can enjoy. (Blu-ray release: Day & date)

Reign of the Supermen: The world must cope with the loss of Superman — and the sudden emergence of four would-be heirs to the title in the second half of a two-part animated DC Universe Movies experience that began in August 2018 with “The Death of Superman.” (Blu-ray release: January 29)

Speed Kills: Speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire Ben Aronoff (John Travolta) leads a double life that lands him in trouble with the law and drug lords. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

A Star Is Born: Third remake of the classic film. A successful musician (Bradley Cooper) helps a young singer (Lady Gaga) find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 19)

Suspiria: The reimagining of the 1977 horror cult-classic about the horrific darkness that swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 29)

January 18:

Close: Action-thriller inspired by the life of the world’s leading female bodyguard, Jacquie Davis. The film stars Noomi Rapace as Sam, a counter-terrorist expert used to war zones, who takes on the job of protecting Zoe (Sophie Nélisse), a young and rich heiress — a babysitting job for her. But a violent attempted kidnapping forces the two to go on the run. (Netflix only)

The Last Man: In this chilling dystopian thriller, Hayden Christensen plays Kurt, a vet suffering from PTSD who comes home to an unholy, unruly land. The world is bad, no question — but local street prophet Noe (Harvey Keitel) says it’ll get even worse when a catastrophic storm strikes. (VOD only)

January 21:

Miss Sherlock: Re-envisioned and set in modern day Tokyo, HBO’s “Miss Sherlock” is a bold interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, where the iconic characters are played by women. (Digital only)

January 22:

Alipato: The Very Brief Life of an Ember: In 2025, a group of kid—members of the Kostka gang terrorize the slums of Manila … until the Boss is sentenced to 20 years in prison. When he gets out to reunite, the surviving Kostkas begin to disappear one by one. (VOD only)

American Renegades: A team of Navy SEALs discovers an underwater treasure hidden in a Bosnian lake by the Nazi, and try to retrieve it before the enemy catches up with them. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

The Apparition: A modern-day ecclesiastical thriller about a respected journalist whose belief system is profoundly shaken when he’s recruited by the Vatican to investigate an apparition of the Virgin Mary, witnessed by a beguiling young woman. (DVD: Day & date)

Bohemian Rhapsody: The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid in 1985. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 12)

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch: The latest film based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved tale about a cynical grouch who goes on a mission to steal Christmas from others only to feel his own heart grow three sizes larger through unexpected friendships. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 5)

The Girl in the Spider’s Web: Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials in the next chapter of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” franchise. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 5)

The Sisters Brothers: Based on Patrick DeWitt’s novel, the Western revolves around the colorfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who’s being pursued across 1000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters. Except Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career. And Hermann might have a better offer. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 5)

West of Sunshine: A social-realist story from debut feature filmmaker Jason Raftopoulos, the film — hot from an outstanding response, complete with standing ovation, at the Venice Film Festival — tells of a father who has less than a day to pay back a gambling debt, while looking after his young son. (VOD only)

The Widowed Witch: After losing her house and husband, a rural woman leads a stranded life with her 10-year-old brother-in-law in a modified “recreational vehicle.” To find a warm place to survive the cold winter, she pretends to be a shaman who can rid villagers of evil spirits, and ironically, her juggled deceits often become real. (DVD: Day & date)

Widows: Four women — with nothing in common except a debt left by their dead husbands’ criminal acts — conspire to take fate into their own hands and plan a risky heist. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 5)

The Wife: A revealing look into the 40-year relationship of Joan and Joe Castleman, (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) and the world of literature for female writers. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, the win threatens to expose the details and arrangements that define their marriage. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 29)

January 28:

Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus Season 2: Second season focuses on funk-music greats including James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Rick James and others. (Digital only)

January 29:

At Eternity’s Gate: During a self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-Sur-Oise, France, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh develops his unique, colorful style of painting. While grappling with religion, mental illness and a tumultuous friendship with French artist Paul Gauguin, van Gogh begins to focus on his relationship with eternity rather than the pain his art causes him in the present. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 12)

Ballers: The Complete Fourth Season: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in this series as a retired football superstar trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

Blood Brother: When an ex-con takes murderous revenge against childhood friends whom he believes let him take the fall for a crime they collectively committed, one of the friends, now a cop, risks his life to stop him in this gritty crime-drama. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale the beloved ballet “The Nutcracker,” 14-year-old Clara (Mackenzie Foy) travels to a magical, mysterious world with breathtaking adventures plus sweets, snowflakes, soldiers, scurrying mice … and no shortage of surprises. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

 

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