Each month, so many different movies are released, some great and some not so great. If you’re unsure what films to check out this month, we’re here to help! Here are the Top 5 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in January:
1. “August: Osage County”: Released just in time for award season, this film has already racked up some impressive cred, with Golden Globe nominations for both Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. Based on the play of the same name, the project centers on a fractured family who comes back together when the patriarch disappears. The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson (“Masters of Sex”), Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper and Abigail Breslin. Rated R, opens nationwide on January 10.
2. “Her”: Like “August: Osage County,” this one technically bowed in December, with the wide release this month. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a man who finds love in the oddest of places, with a computer operating system that has a female voice (Scarlett Johansson). Though Johansson was snubbed for her voiceover role, “Her” has already scored three Golden Globe nods. The heartfelt drama also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde. Rated R, opens nationwide on January 10.
3. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”: Jack Ryan is no stranger to the big screen. Adapted from the novels written by the late Tom Clancy, he has been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. The torch has now been passed to Chris Pine, who stars in the first of the films to not follow the source material. The project, which will be dedicated to Clancy, also features Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley. Rated PG-13, opens January 17.
4. “That Awkward Moment”: It’s been a while since Zac Efron has done comedy, and after a tough 2013, this could be his year. Though only time will tell, it helps that this raunchy relationship comedy has buzzworthy stars like Miles Teller (“The Spectacular Now”) and Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”), so all the weight isn’t squarely on his shoulders. If not, he’ll be bad in the Seth Rogen-starring “Neighbors” in May. Rated R, opens January 31.
5. “Labor Day”: Simply put, we’d watch Kate Winslet in pretty much anything. That said, it doesn’t hurt that her latest drama, in which she a single mother forced to take in a fugitive (Josh Brolin) and slowly begins to fall for him, looks terrific. Narrated by her now-adult son (Tobey Maguire), Winslet’s begins to learn to love again before the whole situation threatens to unravel. Rated PG-13, due out on January 31.