Make it a month of magnificent movies, thanks to our list of the biggest releases on the box
Find them on Sky Cinema, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video
Whether you’re after a box office smash, a cult indie hit or a magical musical, get ready for a bumper month of fantastic flicks on Sky Cinema, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
So, grab a kale smoothie and prepare to be wowed by some of the biggest movies available to watch as you say goodbye to December with great films and start January… also with great films! Here, we run down the best of what’s to come…
Available from Friday 3 January in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 12
When married couple Pete and Ellie Wagner (Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne) take in three kids, little do they realise what they’re getting themselves into. Full of heart and packed with gags, this comedy is partly based on writer/director Sean Anders’ own experience of adopting children.
Available from Friday 10 January in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15
Writer/director Jordan Peele’s follow-up to the chilling Get Out is a similarly unsettling trip into the realm of horror. This time, a family’s beach holiday is disrupted when their doppelgängers turn up and start wreaking havoc. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Us is a creepy thriller you won’t forget in a hurry.
Available from Friday 17 January in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert PG
This live-action remake of the animated Disney classic delivers big on adventure, romance and showstopping musical numbers. Plus, Will Smith is the genie. What more could you want? Get ready for spectacular thrills when the titular street urchin and the evil Jafar try to claim possession of a magical lamp in director Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster.
Available from Friday 24 January in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15
Escape rooms are meant to be a bit of fun, right? Not in this horror flick. After six strangers are invited to take part in a challenge for $10,000 they soon come to regret their decision to participate. As the body count rises, who has the ingenuity to survive the deadly games being played?
Available from Friday 31 January in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15
Before The Crown, Olivia Colman played a different monarch in director Yorgos Lanthimos’ acclaimed black comedy – and won a Best Actress Oscar for her troubles. With her health waning, Queen Anne (Colman) leaves the running of England to her confidante (Rachel Weisz). But then a new servant (Emma Stone) arrives and shakes up the royal household…
The Two Popes
Find it on Netflix from Friday December 20
Anthony Hopkins plays Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce plays Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis, in a casting decision that was heavenly. Seriously, they look just like them! Inspired by true events, this biographical drama charts an unlikely friendship and a turning point for the Catholic Church.
Fighting With My Family
Find it on Netflix from Christmas Eve
In 2012, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson came across a documentary about Saraya-Jade Bevis, who grew up in Norwich as part of a wrestling-obsessed family (and who went on to become professional WWE wrestler Paige). He then called his 2010 Tooth Fairy co-star Stephen Merchant and asked him to write a film based on her story. The result? Fighting With My Family.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Find it on Netflix from New Year’s Eve
The film opens with just about everyone in the criminal underworld of New York City – and beyond – hungry for John Wick’s blood. That’s because Wick (played by Keanu Reeves) broke one of the most sacred rules of the society of assassins he reluctantly re-joined in the first instalment – and, as a result, was branded “excommunicado”. Now, there’s a $14 million bounty placed on the hitman’s head.
La La Land
Find it on Netflix from New Year’s Eve
A musical for people who don’t like musicals (although anyone who does is likely to find it even more enchanting), La La Land’s giddy blend of nostalgia, humour and heart won it five Academy Awards in 2017. If the on-screen chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone doesn’t warm you up this winter, we don’t know what will.
A Fall From Grace
Find it on Netflix from Friday 17 January
This Netflix original comes from Tyler Perry, who wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film (a man of many talents – clearly!). He calls it “an amazing thriller” and the incredible cast line-up includes Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb and Cicely Tyson. When Grace Waters (Fox) is accused of murdering her husband (Mehcad Brooks), her only hope is her lawyer Jasmine Bryant (Webb), who has never tried a case before. But, she does recognise that a larger conspiracy might be at play…
Find it on Netflix from January
Judging by the trailer this looks INSANE. Music artist The Weeknd is in it, former professional basketball player Kevin Garnett is in it and Adam Sandler (not in his typical funny-guy role) is at the centre of it. He plays charismatic jeweller Howard Ratner, who makes a string of high-stakes bets that could make or break him. The Safdie Brothers directed and were inspired by their father’s time working in the Manhattan Diamond District in New York. Also, Martin Scorsese served as executive producer!
The Wedding Year
Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video from Friday 20 December
Fans of 27 Dresses, this will be right up your alley! Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland stars as carefree, commitment-phobic photographer Mara. The 27-year-old has just started dating Jake (Tyler James Williams), an aspiring chef, and they start getting invited to A LOT of weddings. Their relationship is put to the test as they attend seven big days in one year, but is it their turn to walk down the aisle next? Dum dum da dum…
Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video from Friday 20 December
This Amazon original, based on a true story, follows scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) and young widow and pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones). In 1862, they embark on a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history and make huge advancements in meteorology in the process. Writer Jack Thorne (The Accident, Kiri) is behind this, so you know it’s a good’un.
Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video from Christmas Day
Detective Walter Marshall (Henry Cavill), the rest of his team and a local vigilante become tangled up in the case of a recently arrested man who’s connected to years of female abductions and murders. His past paints a disturbing picture, but it’s nothing compared to what’s yet to come… Ben Kingsley and Stanley Tucci also star in this dark psychological thriller.
What Men Want
Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video from Monday 30 December
This reimagining of the Mel Gibson comedy What Women Want features Taraji P Henson as sports agent Alison “Ali” Davis, who gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts. You better believe she uses it to her advantage – just imagine the antics to follow! Also, Ali’s sister is played by none other than the legendary Erykah Badu.
Man On The Moon
Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video from Tuesday 31 December
Actor Jim Carrey, an avid fan of Andy Kaufman, went to great lengths to embody the late comedian in 1999’s Man On The Moon. The actor is, after all, quite the eccentric himself. You can tell he put great thought and effort into the portrayal of one of his heroes, and he does a brilliant job of capturing the essence of one of America’s oddest, funniest and most tragic stars.
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