E: Ah, January. A prime movie-going month in which almost nothing worth seeing actually opens.
C: Right, because some of us haven’t even seen all the things that opened in November yet.
E: And of course, because actual mega-blockbusters (hello, Rogue One) will continue to dominate the box office at least through this month. And also because lots of cool movies faux-opened in December.
C: Meaning that they premiered sneakily on a few screens to qualify for Oscars.
E: For example, Hidden Figures and A Monster Calls — both of which look terrific to me and get great reviews from critics — expand into wide release on January 6th. We already reviewed them in our December preview, but they may not have arrived at a theater near you till now. There’s Patriot’s Day, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Silence, and also Gold, in which Matthew McConaughey sports a Trump-ian comb over, going into wide release at the end of the month.
C: Wow, and I already thought McConaughey was unbearable to watch.
E: Yet it can get worse. Also? I guarantee you that both the true and faux-December flicks (including obvious blockbusters like Rogue One) are going to be far better movies than the few ones that actually come out in January. Prepare yourself for an anemic preview, in terms of both film quantity and quality, and comfort yourself with the knowledge that there’s great stuff already out there.
C: Way to tantalize the people, E. Now read our post about the tepid losers you won’t see! At least it’s very, very short.