What to Watch – January 2016

Left to right: Steve Carell plays Mark Baum and Ryan Gosling plays Jared Vennett in The Big Short from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises

We’re well into the new year now and with it comes a host of promising new movies with awards season also in full flow. Here’s what to look out for this month:

The Revenant – 15th January

Leo DiCaprio might not have to wait much longer to receive his overdue award for Best Actor. The star went through extreme lengths to produce an epic performance in an incredibly tense and arduous film. Alejandro Iñárritu’s 2014 release, Birdman, won Best Picture at the Academy Awards last year and you can expect more awards to fall the way of The Revenant, which also stars Tom Hardy.

Read the review for The Revenant here

Creed – 15th January

Rocky Balboa returns but this time to train the son of one of his greatest rivals. Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone star in the latest chapter of the Rocky series following the story of Adonis Creed and his rise to boxing fame thanks to the help of the famous Rocky Balboa. This explosive boxing epic also stars real-life Merseyside boxer Tony Bellew, the opponent in Creed’s ultimate fight, which certainly packs a punch.

Room – 15th January

Brie Larson has been heavily tipped for success during awards season for her intense performance in Room. Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, who also is credited for the adapted screenplay, Room focuses on five-year-old Jack and his mother who after years of being held captive in a confined space, finally escape and experience the outside world.

The Big Short – 22nd January

Anchorman director Adam McKay turns his attention to the true story of a group of outsiders within the world of high finance who predict the credit and market bubble collapse during the mid 2000’s, going against the banks who are oblivious to what is to come due to their greed. An all-star cast of Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt join together for this remarkable story.

Dirty Grandpa – 25th January

Zac Efron and Robert De Niro team up for this disaster comedy that follows the story of uptight Jason Kelly, when just before his wedding, he is tricked into driving his perverted Grandfather, Dick, to Florida for Spring Break. Directed by the man behind I Give It A Year, expect hilarity from this awesome comedy pairing.

Spotlight – 29th January

Spotlight is one of those films that you don’t forget about too quickly. Tipped to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Spotlight follows the true story of a group of journalists at the Boston Globe as they investigate various accusations against the Catholic Church regarding the molestation of children. An all star cast headed by Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams team up for this incredibly powerful and shocking story, expertly portrayed.

The 33 – 29th January

It’s six years since 33 Chilean miners were left trapped for 69 days when a gold and copper mine collapses. The 33 is an incredibly tense portrayal of those 69 days leading up to their unthinkable rescue. Antonio Banderas and Rodrigo Santoro star in this remarkable tale.


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