It’s official! 2020 is finally behind us! And with what was perhaps the worst year in recent history now in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead at what 2021 offers. As typical of the month every year, January hosts a lighter film slate with some awards contenders and lower-tier action movies. However, I think we could all use a breather to kick off the year and I know I have December movies to still catch up on.
Shadow in the Cloud (Jan 1)
Starring Chloe Grace Moretz in what has been called “pure popcorn entertainment”, Shadow in the Cloud is about a WWII female pilot who has to shoot her way through monsters and enemy planes. In select theaters/VOD January 1.
Pieces of a Woman (Jan 7)
Starring Vanessa Kirby (Hobbes and Shaw) and Shia Leboeuf, Kirby is receiving serious awards attention for her performance. Pieces of a Woman is a “deeply personal” film about a woman learning to move on after a loss. On Netflix January 7.
Outside the Wire (Jan 15)
“Set in the future, Harp (Damson Idris), a drone pilot, is sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for Leo (Anthony Mackie), an android officer, tasked to locate a doomsday device before the insurgents do.” The film might look a little questionable, but Netflix pulled off Extraction and The Old Guard last year so I’m not ruling this one out. On Netflix January 15.
One Night in Miami (Jan 15)
Regina King makes her directorial debut with One Night in Miami, based on the play from Kemp Powers. Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke walk into a bar…On Amazon Prime January 15.
The Marksman (Jan 15)
Liam Neeson is a rancher who has to defend a young Mexican boy pursued by the cartel which has followed him across the border. He’s going to take your boy, and he’s going to kill you. In theaters January 15.
Our Friend (Jan 22)
Based on a true story about three friends, Our Friend boasts the talent of Jason Segel, Casey Affleck, and Dakota Johnson. I’m just happy to see Segel on the big screen again. In select theaters/PVOD January 22.
The Dig (Jan 29)
Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan dig up an old ship…with some historical significance. Looks to be a good film for period piece fans. On Netflix January 29.
Palmer (Jan 29)
Former football star Eddie Palmer (Justin Timberlake) is returning from 12 years of prison, and as he attempts to put his life back together he meets a non-gender conforming boy who he later has to take care of. Palmer’s history then begins to complicate things. On Apple TV+ January 29.
Supernova (Jan 29)
Partners of 20 years, Sam and Tusker are traveling across England and revisiting their past in an old RV. Tusker has early on-set dementia, so their time together is precious. Starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci. In select theaters/VOD January 29.
The Little Things (Jan 29)
Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto star in this investigation thriller about a local sheriff who digs up his past while trying to catch a killer. In theaters and on HBO Max January 29.