'Bad Boys For Life', and 7 other non-CNY films to watch this January


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  • Wednesday, 01 Jan 2020

Bad Boys For Life

It's a new decade! In 10 years time, we'll be looking back at this year to see what the best movies of the 2020s were. But for now, let's just look ahead to the month, shall we?

Since Chinese New Year is on Jan 21, we'll have another post on all the CNY movies you can watch later on. For now, we'll be focusing on the non-CNY picks, which admittedly is a little lean. Our pick of the month has to be The Garden Of Evening Mists, starring Lee Sinje (Jan 16), which has already been making waves overseas with a number of awards and nominations.

There's also quite a lot of star power in the films this month. We've got Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprising their star-making Bad Boys roles (Bad Boys For Life, Dec 23), Chadwick Boseman bossing a sharp suit as a NYPD detective (21 Bridges, Jan 2), Kristen Stewart trying not to be eaten by an underwater sea monster (Underwater, Jan 9), Robert Downey Jr. talking to animals in a weird accent (Dolittle, Jan 23), and John Cena as a macho fireman babysitting kids (Playing With Fire, Jan 9).

Golden Screen Cinemas also presents the China Film Week 2020 this month, held in conjunction with the 2020 China Malaysia Year Of Culture And Tourism. ThCFW will be held exclusively in GSC Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur, from Jan 16-19, and is free to the public. for more information and movie listings, visit the GSC website.

21 Bridges (Jan 2)
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, J.K. Simmons, Sienna Miller, Taylor Kitsch, Channing Tatum
Director: Brian Kirk

A NYPD leading a manhunt for two suspected cop killers decides to shut down the eponymous 21 bridges of Manhattan to prevent them from escaping.

Why you should watch it:

It's got Black Panther himself in the lead, and he may not have his super-sleek and high-tech supersuit, but he's still as watchable as ever.

Bombshell (Jan 2)
Cast: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow
Director: Jay Roach

Based on a true story about a group of female employees at Fox News who take on the toxic male culture at the network, and brought down founder and ruler CEO Roger Ailes, exposing him for sexual harassment.

Why you should watch it:

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie in the same movie? The trailer alone is enough to make us want to watch the trio in action.

The Grudge (Jan 2)
Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Lin Shaye, Jacki Weaver
Director: Nicolas Pesce

Kayako is back, and this time, she haunts a cursed house and stalks a young detective and single mother to a young son.

Why you should watch it:

Well, you shouldn't watch it if you're scared of horror movies, but if you aren't, then this reboot/remake/re-do of the classic Japanese horror film Ju-On should be right up your (dark) alley. Yes, it's a 'reimagining' of 2002's US version of The Grudge, which had two sequels. Kayako sure knows how to hold a grudge.

Underwater (Jan 9)
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr.
Director: William Eubank

A group of underwater researchers are trapped in a deep-sea lab after an earthquake and find themselves being hunted by a horrifying deep-sea creature.

Why you should watch this:

To be honest, we were running out of non-CNY films to feature, and it was a toss up between this or Playing With Fire. In the end, we decided that we'd rather watch Kristen Stewart get eaten by an underwater sea creature than John Cena demeaning himself with fart jokes.

1917 (Jan 16)
Cast: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch
Director: Sam Mendes

Set in a single day during World War I, two young British soldiers are given a mission to deliver a message warning of an ambush that could kill an entire platoon of soldiers.

Why you should watch it:

Sam Mendes' film has already been tipped for an Oscar, gaining acclaim for the way he films it, which gives the illusion that the film is one long continuous take.

The Garden Of Evening Mists (Jan 16)
Cast: Lee Sinje, Hiroshi Abe, Serene Lim, John Hannah, David Oakes
Director: Tom Lin

Yun Ling, a young law graduate embittered by the atrocities of World War II in Malaya, seeks solace in the tea plantations of Cameron Highlands, where, she meets the mysterious Nakamura Aritomo, owner of Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya. As love blossoms between them, secrets are uncovered and she must learn to face her past.

Why you should watch it:

Based on Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng's novel of the same title and starring Malaysian actress Lee Sinje, the movie was nominated for nine awards at last month's Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, winning one (for best makeup and costume design).

Dolittle (Jan 23)
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Selena Gomez
Director: Stephen Gaghan

Based on the iconic character created by author Hugh Lofting, Doctor Dolittle, a doctor who can talk to animals.

Why you should watch it:

Because we'd still rather watch Iron Man talking to animals in a weird accent than watch John Cena demean himself with fart jokes.

Bad Boys For Life (Jan 23)
Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton
Director: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are back as Lowrey and Burnett, the dynamic duo of detectives with a knack for blowing things up. This time, they have to face a Romanian mob boss is gunning for revenge.

Why you should watch it:

The bad boys are back, so what'cha gonna do? What'cha gonna do when they come for you? It's so bad-a$$ that we couldn't even find a clean trailer to post here.

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