By Jason Black
Typically, January can be a little dicey in the theaters with studios trying to get blockbusters and awards bait out before the end of the year. In Oklahoma, some of those awards movies hit wide, so we still have some good movies to go check out. On the other hand, some of those big movies getting nominations, which were released earlier in the year, are now available on Blu-ray/DVD.
“Sicario,” starring Emily Blunt as a woman working for the CIA, and is used by them to try to take down a Mexican drug cartel. Very intense and very good, this movie is one to watch if you’re looking for a good thriller.
Speaking of intense, “The Walk,” starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, is based on the true story of a Frenchman who pulls off a caper to walk on a wire from one World Trade Center tower to the other. The visuals in this movie are probably the best since “Gravity.”
One of the biggest movies, and big surprise, of the year was “Straight Outta Compton,” which details the story of NWA, the rap group from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Really good movie with really good music.
Most kids read “Goosebumps” books growing up, so here’s a movie starring Jack Black as the author R.L. Stein. The characters from the books come to life, and they need to get back on the pages before they destroy the world. Kind of an underrated movie, but a lot of fun.
The Picture: “The 5th Wave”
The Plot: Four waves of alien attacks have hit earth, with the fifth one on its way. That can’t be good.
The Players: Chloe Grace Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Maria Bello
The Prediction: Sci-fi movies can make big money, especially when there isn’t much competition in the theater.
The Picture: “The Finest Hours”
The Plot: Two oil tankers are destroyed off the coast of Cape Cod. The Coast Guard attempts to rescue the workers in a blizzard.
The Players: Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Ben Foster
The Prediction: This is based on a true story. Movies like “Lone Survivor” and “American Sniper” have done really well with January releases in the past two years. This one seems to be trying to fill that role this January.
The Picture: “Kung Fu Panda 3 ”
The Plot: The third adventure for Po. This time, he has two nemeses to fight.
The Players: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan
The Prediction: These have been huge hits, and this looks to be another one. This is really the biggest success Jack Black has anymore. Getting this out early will probably help.