What to watch in a movie in January: Invasion, Cats, Lighthouse, Little Women, and more


What to watch in a movie in January:

Saoirse Ronan and Timothy Chalamet in the movie "Little Women"

If you still do not know what to do on New Year's holidays, as well as how to brighten up the next winter evening in January, movie novelties will come to your aid, which will premiere in the first month of next year. We talk about the most interesting films that are certainly worth seeing.

The Invasion (January 1)

Actors: Irina Starshenbaum, Rinal Mukhametov, Alexander Petrov, Yuri Borisov, Sergey Garmash, Oleg Menshikov, Daniil Kolzenov.

Synopsis. "Invasion" – This is a continuation of the film "Attraction", which was released in 2017. According to the scenario of the picture, the film takes place three years after a ship with aliens fell to Earth. The main character of the film, Julia Lebedeva (Irina Starshenbaum), who was in contact with extraterrestrial technologies, became an object for experiments and research. The supernormal abilities discovered in the girl interested not only people, but also aliens who are planning an invasion of the Earth.

The picture is dedicated to today: all our problems and what we face every day. I am talking primarily about the technologies that surround us every day. Dependence is independence. Freedom is not freedom

– Director Fedor Bondarchuk told about the film.

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Poster for the movie "Invasion"

"Cats"/ Cats (January 2)

Actors: Taylor Swift, Francesca Hayward, Idris Elba, Judy Dench, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Mette Tauli, Ray Winston.

Synopsis. Cats from all over the world gather at the annual cat ball, where each tells about himself and his life, about what distinguishes it from its counterparts and how exactly does it stand out from the rest. In the final of the ball, the leader will be chosen, who will go to feline paradise, where he will then be reborn.

The new film is an adaptation of the famous musical Andrew Lloyd Webber, which was presented on Broadway in the early 80s of the last century. The soundtrack of the film is the song Beautiful Ghosts, which was performed by Taylor Swift – got nomination for the Golden Globe 2020 Award in the Best Song category.

Idris Elba and Francesca Hayward. Movie frame
Idris Elba and Francesca Hayward. Frame from the movie "Cats"

"Our Children" (January 2)

Actors: Peter Fedorov, Diana Enakaeva, Oksana Akinshina, Diana Pozharskaya, Roman Madyanov, Mikhail Efremov, Olesya Brezhneva.

Synopsis. Sonya's father is a very wealthy man who owns a candy empire. Katya lives with her brother Kolya in an orphanage, but nevertheless, the girls have something in common: they love fairy tales about the sweet Kingdom, authored by Sonina Mama. But there is no ending in her story. Then Sonya decides that she will do anything to restore happiness to her family, even if for this she needs to swap places with Katya.

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Poster for the film "Our Children"

The Case of Richard Jewell / Richard Jewell (January 9)

Actors: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Brandon Stanley, Ryan Boz, Charles Green, Olivia Wilde, John Hamm, Katie Bates.

Synopsis. The film is based on real events during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Guard Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Houser) managed to locate the bomb and save the lives of many people. However, a few days after he was called a hero, he was persecuted – the FBI suspected him of preparing a terrorist attack, and the media began to pour mud on him. Jewell is unable to resist the allegations alone, and then he hires Watson Bryant (Sam Rockwell). Together, they will fight with the system and prove Jewell’s non-involvement in the crime.

The director of the picture was Clint Eastwood.

Sam Rockwell, Katie Bates and Paul Walter Hauser. Movie frame
Sam Rockwell, Katie Bates and Paul Walter Hauser. Shot from the movie "Richard Jewell's Case"

"The Girl in the Maze" / L'uomo del labirinto (January 9)

Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Tony Servillo, Valentina Belle, Vinichio Marchioni, Katsyaryna Shulga, Orlando Sink.

Synopsis. 28-year-old Samantha woke up in a hospital with a broken leg and does not remember what happened to her. Dr. Green tells her that 15 years ago she was abducted by a maniac, but she miraculously managed to get out of captivity. His goal is not only to help the girl, but also to catch the criminal, and for this he needs her to remember all the details of the day when she was abducted. The only opportunity for this is to penetrate her mind and delve into her memories.

Valentina Belle. Movie frame
Valentina Belle. Shot from the movie "Girl in the Maze"

"Lighthouse" / The Lighthouse (January 16)

Actors: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattison, Valeria Karaman.

Synopsis. The film takes place in the XIX century. Ifrahim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) arrives as an assistant lighthouse keeper on an island in New England. He will have to work with Thomas Wake (Will Defoe) – a rather strange person and not too friendly. However, this is not surprising: he has been working here for many years, and life in isolation from the world clearly left its mark on him. Ifraim, who came to gain experience and new experiences, is soon very disappointed – the mentor treats him rather rudely, and in addition, does not allow him to climb to the top of the lighthouse and control the light.

The premiere of the film took place at the Cannes Film Festival this year, where the film won the award of the International Federation of Film Presses.

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. Movie frame
Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. Frame from the film "Lighthouse"

"Song of names"/ The Song of Names (January 16th)

Actors: Clive Owen, Tim Roth, Catherine McCormack, John Hauer King, Eddie Izzard, Sol Rubinek, Richard Bremmer.

Synopsis. The talented little violinist Dowidle (Clive Owen), orphaned during World War II, is taken into his family by the Simmonds, who raise their own son named Martin (Tim Roth). Boys quickly become true friends. On the day of his first concert, Dovidl suddenly disappears without a trace. And only after 40 years, Martin manages to find out the reason for the disappearance of his friend.

The film is based on the novel of the same name by the writer Norman Lebrecht.

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Poster for the movie "Song of Names"

"Curse"/The Grudge (January 16)

Actors: Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bishir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shay, Jackie Weaver, William Sadler.

Synopsis. A remake of the 2004 film of the same name talks about a single mother and a detective who are investigating the mysterious and terrible crime of a young woman who killed a family in her own house. As it turned out, the mansion has a vengeful spirit, which is ruthless to everyone who enters the house. Now the main character and her child are in serious danger, and she must find a way to destroy the evil ghost.

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The poster for the movie "Curse"

"(NOT) the perfect man" (January 16)

Actors: Egor Creed, Julia Alexandrova, Artem Suchkov, Roman Kurtsyn, Maxim Lagashkin, Yana Koshkina, Valery Starchenkova.

Synopsis. It seems that everything really goes to the fact that robots will soon replace ordinary people. In any case, the film certainly hints at it.

The personal life of Sveta (Julia Alexandrova) does not work out at all – she is not lucky with guys who do not appreciate her at all and constantly deceive her. After another unsuccessful relationship, she gets a job at a robot company. But when one of them (Yegor Creed acted as a robot) finds a software malfunction, Sveta asks not to return it to the manufacturer and insists that the robot be sold to her. As a result, she falls in love with him – because the robot turns out to be very attentive, kind, sensitive and gentle, in general, just the ideal man she had dreamed about for so long. But the technical malfunctions revealed by his specialists soon make themselves felt …

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Poster for the movie "(NOT) the perfect man"

"Proxima" / Proxima (January 16)

Actors: Eva Green, Zeli Bulan, Matt Dillon, Alexey Fateev, Lars Eidinger, Sandra Huller, Trond-Eric Wessel, Igor Filippov.

Synopsis. Sarah (the heroine of Eva Green) is an astronaut who is trained in Russia before going on an expedition to Mars for a year. Her flight partner Mike Shannon (Matt Dillon) helps her cope with heavy physical exertion and mentally prepare for a long separation from her seven-year-old daughter.

The film premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and its filming took place in Star City near Moscow.

Eva Green. Movie frame
Eva Green. Frame from the movie "Proxima"

"Special" / Hors normes (January 16)

Actors: Vincent Cassel, Reda Kateb, Helen Vincent, Brian Myalundama, Alban Ivanov, Benjamin Lesier, Marco Locatelli.

Synopsis. The main characters are psychologists Bruno and Malik, who have been working with children with autism for 20 years: they help them adapt in society and feel comfortable in it. When Bruno and Malik opened a special center for such children, where they could live and study, they soon realized that they were sorely lacking employees. They quickly found a way out: friends hired teenagers from disadvantaged areas, who turned out to be excellent educators for their wards.

To Moscow special show, which took place in early December, along with the directors Olivier Nakas and Eric Toledano came and leading actors – Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb. The world premiere of the film took place this year at the close of the Cannes Film Festival.

Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb. Movie frame
Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb. Frame from the movie "Special"

"Bad Guys Forever" /Bad Boys for Life (January 23)

Actors: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Ann Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Joe Pantogliano, Paola Nunez.

Synopsis. The film "Bad Boys" (Bad Boys) was released in 1995. And now, after 24 years, he got a sequel. The main characters, former teammates Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowry (Will Smith), are in a quarrel: the first is engaged in private detective work, and the second is in a midlife crisis. But when a mercenary who wants to avenge the death of his brother declares a hunt for them, they unite to repulse him. And now, leaving all the insults in the past, the "bad guys" are back in business! Of course, sparkling humor and funny situations will not do here.

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Movie frame
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Shot from the movie "Bad Guys Forever"

"Under the water"/Underwater (January 23)

Actors: Kristen Stewart, TJ Miller, Jessica Henwick, Vincent Cassel, John Gallagher – Jr., Mamudu Ati, Ganner Wright.

Synopsis. It’s definitely impossible to call Kristen Stewart a hostage of one role – the actress starred in films of various genres and is not afraid to try herself in new roles. In the film "Underwater", her heroine Norma works as part of a group of researchers of the underwater world. After an earthquake occurs near their underwater station, they face mortal danger and begin the struggle for survival.

Kristen Stewart. Movie frame
Kristen Stewart. Frame from the film "Underwater"

"Marathon of desires" (January 23)

Actors: Aglaia Tarasova, Kirill Nagiev, Maria Minogarova, Alexander Gudkov, Yana Troyanova, Pavel Derevyanko, Julia Aug, Ekaterina Varnava.

Synopsis. "Marathon of desires" – This is the full-length directorial work of Dasha Charusha. In the film, she also acted as a composer and co-producer, and wrote the script in collaboration with Alexander Gudkov.

The main character Marina (Aglaya Tarasova) works as a manicurist. Her main dream is a strong and happy family, which she sees with her lover. Well, in order for her wish to be fulfilled and she finally received an offer of a hand and heart, she certainly needed to go to Khanty-Mansiysk for a wish fulfillment coach, and this should be done in the next day. When the best friend (Maria Minogarova) gave Marina the go-ahead, she immediately bought a plane ticket and rushed to the airport. The transplant in St. Petersburg was crucial for her – meeting a guy named Alexander (Kirill Nagiyev) will completely change her future life.

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Poster for the film "Wish Marathon"

Coma (January 30)

Actors: Rinal Mukhametov, Lyubov Aksenova, Anton Pampushny, Milosh Bikovich, Konstantin Lavronenko, Polina Kuzminskaya, Rostislav Gulbis.

Synopsis. Victor (Rinal Mukhametov) had a terrible accident. When he came to, he found himself in a world that was not at all like the one he knew before the disaster. Everything in it is built on the memories of people who fell into a coma about reality, so the new world is chaotic and unstable. Here entire cities fit in one room, and the laws of physics do not work. Once there, the main character will try to find out what coma really means and whether there is a way out into the real world from here.

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Poster for the movie "Coma"

"Little women"/ Little Women (January 30)

Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothy Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Eliza Skanlen, Laura Dern, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkerk, James Norton, Louis Garrell.

Synopsis. The film takes place during the Civil War in the United States. The plot focuses on the four sisters March: Margaret (Emma Watson), Josephine (Saoirse Ronan), Elizabeth (Eliza Scanlen) and Amy (Florence Pugh). They are all different, but each of them will have to go through all stages of growing up: to meet their first love, to experience strong disappointment and difficult separation, and also to find themselves in this life.

The film was directed by Greta Gerwig, who shot Lady Bird, which received two Academy Award nominations in 2018.

The film "Little Women" was shot on the cult in the US novel by Louise May Alcott. The picture is claiming a prize Golden Globe in the nomination "Best Drama Film".

Saoirse Ronan and Timothy Chalamet. Movie frame
Saoirse Ronan and Timothy Chalamet. Frame from the film "Little Women"

"1917" / 1917 (January 30)

Actors: Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Dean-Charles Chapman, George Mackay.

Synopsis. The action of this military historical drama takes place during the First World War. Two soldiers of the British army, Blake and Scofield, have to complete a difficult task – they have to get into the enemy camp and deliver an important message to the allies to cancel the planned attack, because otherwise the whole battalion will be ambushed. They have only 24 hours to do this.

Benedict Cumberbatch. Movie frame
Benedict Cumberbatch. Frame from the film "1917"

"Officer and Spy" / J'accuse (January 30)

Actors: Jean Dujardin, Louis Garrel, Emmanuelle Seigner, Gregory Gadebois, Herve Pierre, Vladimir Iordanov, Didier Sandr, Melville Pupo.

Synopsis. Captain Alfred Dreyfus (Louis Garrell) of the French special services was accused of spying for Germany and sent to an island in the Atlantic Ocean. His former mentor, head of the intelligence department, Georges Picard (Jean Dujardin) undertakes to investigate the matter himself and find out if Dreyfus is guilty of what he is accused of. To prove Alfred’s innocence, George will have to find a folder that supposedly contains all the evidence of Dreyfus’s guilt.

The film was directed by Roman Polanski. By the way, it was the release of this picture about the famous and most high-profile trial in the history of France that prompted the French actress Valentin Monier to publicly accuse Polanski of rape, which, according to her, happened in 1975.

Jean Dujardin and Louis Garrell. Movie frame
Jean Dujardin and Louis Garrell. Shot from the film "Officer and Spy"

"A Million Small Shards" /A Million Little Pieces (January 30)

Actors: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Odessa Young, Giovanni Ribisi, Juliette Lewis, Dash Mike Charles Parnell.

Synopsis. The protagonist, the young writer James, suffers from drug and alcohol addiction. Surviving his brother, Bob decides to send him for treatment to a rehabilitation center for two months. There, James, who at first strongly resisted Rehab therapy, soon met his other patients, including the Mafia leader Leonard, who had become his friend, and the young drug addict Lilly, with whom James had an affair. However, according to the rules of the clinic, its patients are forbidden to fall in love with each other …

The film was shot based on the novel of the same name by American writer James Frey.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Movie frame
Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Frame from the film "A Million Small Shards"

"Gretel and Hansel" /Gretel & Hansel (January 30)

Actors: Sophia Lillis, Sammy Leakey, Alice Craige, Jessica De Hau, Ian Kenny, Charles Babalola, Abdul Alsharif.

Synopsis. Another variation on the theme of the famous fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm about the adventures of his brother and sister. In the story, Greta and Hansel will go to the forest in search of food. There they will meet with a witch and other evil spirits, fall into dangerous traps and go through all circles of hell.

Sophia Lillis Movie frame
София Лиллис. Кадр из фильма "Гретель и Гензель"


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