'Glass', and 7 other January films to shatter your holiday hangover

  • Movies
  • Wednesday, 02 Jan 2019


Happy New Year! 2018 was such a great year for cinemagoers that it's hard to see 2019 top it. But that's not saying that this year's movies are going to be any less entertaining.

However, January is usually a slow month for big movies, as cinema goers recover from the year-end holidays and are resigned to yet another year at the grind. There are a few decent films to watch this month though, among them a double whammy of comedic duos – Holmes And Watson and Stan And Ollie (both Jan 3), the highly acclaimed Widows, by decorated director Steve McQueen (Jan 17), and the third and final instalment of the How To Train Your Dragon franchise, The Hidden World (Jan 31).

The most highly anticipated movie this month, however, has to be M. Night Shyamalan's Glass (Jan 17), which sees the hero and villains of his previous movies Split and Unbreakable crossing over for a superhero movie unlike any other.

Holmes And Watson (Jan 3)

Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Lauren Lapkus, Rob Brydon

Director: Etan Cohen

A more humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mystery novels starring comedic duo Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as the indomitable duo, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

Why you should watch it:

There have been a number of big screen versions of Sherlock Holmes in the past, but it's rare to have one that is so obviously an all-out comedy. Fans of Will Ferrell should be looking forward to this. And if you don't fancy this comedic duo with John C. Reilly in it, there's always...

Stan & Ollie (Jan 3)

Cast: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Nina Arianda, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston, Rufus Jones

Director: Jon S. Baird

Based on the lives of world-renowned comedians Laurel and Hardy, this follows their latter year struggles to get a final film made as they embark on a gruelling theatre tour of post-war Britain.

Why you should watch it:

The movie has been getting great reviews since its debut at the BFI London Film Festival on October, and Coogan and Reilly's performances have been likened to that of the real Laurel and Hardy as well.

Swing Kids (Jan 10)

Cast: Do Kyung-Soo, Park Hye-Soo, Oh Jung-Se, Jared Grimes

Director: Kang Hyung-chul

During the Korean War in 1951, North Korean prisoner of war Ro Ki-soo meets American soldier Jackson, who introduces him to tap dancing. Falling in love with the dance, Ro joins Jackson's dance group, but encounters different obstacles that seek to stop him from pursuing his passion.

Why you should watch it:

Tap dancing in the Korean War? Sure, why not? Korean filmmakers have made excellent movies about much stranger subjects before, so this should definitely be worth a watch. Plus we do love to, er, step up to a good dance movie.

Glass (Jan 17)

Cast: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

A sort-of sequel to Split and Unbreakable, Glass sees the superstrong David Dunn returning to apprehend Kevin Wendell Crumb (from Split), who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, with a total of 24 different personalities including The Beast. In the middle of it all is Elijah Prince, the mass murdering 'super villain' Dunn caught in Unbreakable, who is now calling himself Glass, apparently.

Why you should watch it:

If you loved Unbreakable (Shyamalan's follow-up to The Sixth Sense, when he was still good), and Split (his comeback film, which proved he could still be good), then you have to watch Glass. It's not just that it has characters from both movies crossing over – it also promises to be arguably the most unpredictable superhero movie ever made. Well, as long as the Shyamalan who directed The Last Airbender doesn't show up.

Widows (Jan 17)

Cast: Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, André Holland, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Carrie Coon

Director: Steve McQueen

Four female strangers are brought together by something in common, a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. In order to pay it off, they decide to band together to pull off a heist their husbands fail to complete.

Why you should watch it:

Director Steve McQueen won a Best Picture Oscar in 2013 for 12 Years A Slave, and Widows has been enjoying some great reviews so far. And just look at that stellar cast led by the excellent Viola Davis, along with the likes of Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson!

The Kid Who Would Be King (Jan 17)

Cast: Louis Serkis, Tom Taylor, Dean Chaumoo, Rhianna Doris, Angus Imrie, Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Ferguson

Director: Joe Cornish

Alex is an ordinary British schoolboy who discovers the mythical sword Excalibur and pulls it out of the stone, making him the rightful heir of King Arthur. But evil witch Morgana soon appears to wreak havoc, and Alex and his friends must find a way to defeat her and save the world.

Why you should watch it:

The story of King Arthur may have been told countless times before, but this promises to be one of the more unique takes on the legend. The trailer is already hilarious as it is, we're hoping the whole movie will be just as funny.

BTS World Tour: Love Yourself In Seoul (Jan 26)

Cast: RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, Jungkook

Director: Big Hit Entertainment

A concert film by South Korean boy band BTS that was filmed during the band's Love Yourself Tour at Seoul Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on Aug 25 and 26, 2018.

Why you should watch it:

If you are a BTS fan, there is no reason why you SHOULDN'T watch it. For the rest of us, it's a good chance to see for yourself what it is that makes BTS one of the biggest K-pop acts in the world right now

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Jan 31)

Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, F. Murray Abraham

Director: Dean DeBlois

Hiccup is now head chief of his Viking clan, and he keeps it safe along with his dragon Toothless. However, things change when an unspeakable force threatens the existence of dragons, and Toothless falls in love with another Night Fury.

Why you should watch it:

The How to Train Your Dragon franchise may not have been as lucrative as some of the other mega-animated franchises out there, but they have been genuinely well-made, and entertaining family films that rank as some of the best in the business. Here's hoping this one, the last in the trilogy, will end things on a high.

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