Movie theaters are slowly reopening, but most of the new releases are headed to streaming services rather than the big screen. Whether you're staying at home to limit potential risks, or just saving a few bucks by watching from the couch, we've organized a huge list with many of the newly added films and some upcoming titles.
News of the World
Action, Adventure, Drama|Streaming: January 15, 2021|Theaters: December 25|Note: (Dec 25 on Netflix outside US)|IMDb
Starring: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Michael Covino
Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), a veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe.
When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) are called to a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents, they chalk it up to the mysterious new party drug found at the scene. But after Dennis’s oldest daughter suddenly disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality—and the flow of time itself.
Comedy, Crime, Drama|Streaming: As early as January 11|Theaters: December 25|IMDb
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox
Nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be -- she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past.
Action, Adventure, Fantasy|Streaming: January 15 (Netflix)|IMDb
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Rowan Athale, Enzo Cilenti, Pilou Asbæk, Mikael Hafstrom
Set in the future, Harp (Damson Idris), a drone pilot, is sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for Leo (Anthony Mackie), an android officer, tasked to locate a doomsday device before the insurgents do.
Action|Streaming: January 12|Theaters: January 8|IMDb
Starring: Gary Dourdan, Serinda Swan, Martin Donovan, Ernie Hudson, Samy Naceri, Andy Garcia
Having just returned home, decorated U.S. Marine Captain Brad Paxton's (Gary Dourdan) wife, Kate, is kidnapped by a terrorist group while working in Morocco. He is forced back into action for a daring and deadly operation to save the woman he loves.
Cody's Review: Redemption Day is a false promise of a good time. It's labeled an action movie despite having almost zero action for more than an hour. It opens with music reminiscent of The Rock, and there are hints of a strong setup for big action. And after a few short seconds of a desert firefight, everything slows way down. The dialog and story move along at a decent clip, but there's no high adrenaline action to speak of. I try to avoid nitpicking details, but I can't help but be bothered that the main motivator of the story relies on an archaeological dig crew being capable of following a GPS while also being so inept that they can't tell where a country's borders are. When the action finally begins, it's shot in very dark rooms and hallways, likely to hide the relative inexperience and lack of choreography. Unfortunately, it's hard to follow some of the events when you can't see much. I also doubt the director had a clear vision for the movie since scenes often lack cohesion between shots, sometimes feeling like quite a bit might have been cut. There are attempts at political intrigue, particularly with the closing, but it all feels awkward and out of place, even to the point it probably should have gone into a different movie. The highlight of the movie is Serinda Swan who gives a fantastic performance, which makes me wonder how she doesn't have better roles. Her counterpart Gary Dourdan is a likeable guy and carries out his role well. From here, most of the performances are fine, but nothing significant. There are quite a few cameos, including Ernie Hudson, Andy Garcia, Martin Donovan, and the eternally creepy Robert Knepper. Most of them are phoning it in a bit with fairly soft, downplayed performances. Knepper is the exception, going decidedly over the top as an almost comical villain, even though he's barely on screen. Verdict: I tried really hard to like Redemption Day, but it's hard to recommend it. But if you do watch it, just treat it like a drama with a bit of political thriller. When the action starts, just skip to the last few minutes and watch the ending. Trust me, you won't miss anything.
Comedy, Crime, Romance|Streaming: January 14 (HBO Max)|IMDb
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Steven Knight, Stephen Merchant, Dule Hill, Jazmyn Simon, Lucy Boynton, Doug Liman
Just as they decide to separate, Linda (Anne Hathaway) and Paxton (Chiwetel Ejiofor) find life has other plans when they are stuck at home in a mandatory lockdown. Co-habitation is proving to be a challenge, but fueled by poetry and copious amounts of wine, it will bring them closer together in the most surprising way.
Starring: Jason Isaacs, Hannah Quinlivan, Xueqi Wang
Tianhuo Island is as beautiful as a paradise. It almost makes people forget that it is located in the 'Ring of Fire' the world-famous Pacific Rim volcanic belt. The volcano erupted, and the fate of the people in the island was entangled.
Starring: Shelley Conn, Bill Paterson, Eliza Schroeder, Celia Imrie, Shannon Tarbet
Determined to fulfil her late mother's dream of opening a bakery in charming Notting Hill, 19-year-old Clarissa enlists the help of her mother's best friend Isabella and her eccentric estranged grandmother Mimi. These three generations of women will need to overcome grief, doubts and differences to honour the memory of their beloved Sarah while embarking on a journey to establish a London store filled with love, hope and colourful pastries from all over the world.
Starring: Jack Dylan Grazer, Fionn Whitehead, Mena Suvari, Rainn Wilson
While stealing money to help their sick mother (Mena Suvari), teen brothers Matt and Joey (Fionn Whitehead and Jack Dylan Grazer) are surprised by Hamby (Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Rainn Wilson), a security officer who gives chase and is then trapped in a well. Over the next few days, Joey and Hamby forge an uneasy relationship. Hamby tells Joey he’ll keep quiet if Joey sets him free. But Hamby holds another secret, one that will threaten Joey and his family, in this twist-filled, cat-and-mouse thriller.
Drama|Streaming: January 15 (Amazon Prime Video)|IMDb
Starring: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge
One Night in Miami is a fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.
Starring: Michiel Huisman, Luke Bracey, Nick Stahl
Academy Award®-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan) directs this intense thriller about the brutal struggle for success. Desperate for cash, entrepreneurs Scott (Luke Bracey, Point Break ) and Nicky (Michiel Huisman, “Game of Thrones”) turn to Russian mobster Yuri (Nick Stahl, Sin City). After they refuse the funding he offers, Yuri gets revenge by trying to take over their construction project. The partners are terrified, until Nicky’s tough Russian girlfriend, Ana, decides to take action herself.
Crime, Drama, Horror|Streaming: January 12|Theaters: October 23|IMDb
Starring: David Prior, Owen Teague, Marin Ireland, Stephen Root
The Empty Man is a supernatural horror film based on a popular series of Boom! Studios graphic novels. After a group of teens from a small Midwestern town begin to mysteriously disappear, the locals believe it is the work of an urban legend known as The Empty Man. As a retired cop investigates and struggles to make sense of the stories, he discovers a secretive group and their attempts to summon a horrific, mystical entity, and soon his life—and the lives of those close to him—are in grave danger.
A Marine veteran working as a school janitor tries to mend his relationship with his son after a divorce. When his son is killed by a police officer found innocent without standing trial, he takes matters into his own hands.
Starring: Christy Summerhays, Michael McLean, Adrien Swenson
Uncle John recounts the story of Christ's birth to Connie Lou through story and song. See Connie Lou discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately opening her heart to the joy of this special season.
Exploring the complexities of obesity and weight loss, It’s Huge follows the epic journey of five men who must create healthier lifestyles or risk losing their lives. With free resources from a team of professionals, the documentary subjects attempt to lose between 100 and 200 pounds each over the course of a year. Watch as It’s Huge attempts to begin a global movement towards healthy living along with a broader perspective on the obesity risks that 70 percent of the American population is currently faced with.
Starring: James Comey, Beverly Gage, Martin Luther King
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered today as an American hero: a bridge-builder, a shrewd political tactician, and a moral leader. Yet throughout his history-altering political career, he was often treated by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies like an enemy of the state. In this virtuosic documentary, award-winning editor and director Sam Pollard (Editor, 4 LITTLE GIRLS, MO’ BETTER BLUES; Director/Producer, EYEZ ON THE PRIZE, SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME) lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover. In crafting a rich archival tapestry, featuring some revelatory restored footage of King, Pollard urges us to remember that true American progress is always hard-won.
Documentary|Streaming: January 15|Theaters: December 11|IMDb
Starring: Ryan White, Jessica Hargrave
The audacious murder of the brother of North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in a crowded Malaysian airport sparked a worldwide media frenzy. At the center of the investigation are two young women who are either cold-blooded killers or unwitting pawns in a political assassination. ASSASSINS goes beyond the headlines to question every angle of this case, from human trafficking to geo-political espionage to the secretive dynamics of the North Korean dynasty.
A documentary about The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, Some Kind of Heaven invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages residents – and one interloper – who are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise.
Documentary, Short, Biography|Streaming: January 29|IMDb
Starring: Nancy Kulik, Sophia Loren
Nancy Vincenza Kulik, an Italian-American grandmother from Fort Lee, New Jersey, has experienced many challenges and triumphs. But she always meets life's journey with love, resilience and joy, inspired in part by another Italian grandmother, movie star Sophia Loren.
Successful Hollywood agent Bryce Dixon is returning to Alabama for the first time in 15 years for his high school reunion. When he learns he's the only one of his friends who isn't married with children, he convinces his client, starlet Madison Belle, to pretend to be his girlfriend. But he soon learns that success has different meanings, and romance may be closer than he thinks.
Thriller, Mystery|Streaming: January 8|Theaters: December 18|IMDb
Starring: Hilary Swank, Mike Colter, Michael Ealy
After a wild one-night stand, Derrick (Michael Ealy), a successful sports agent, watches his perfect life slowly disappear when he discovers that the sexy and mysterious woman he risked everything for, is a determined police detective (Hilary Swank) who entangles him in her latest investigation. As he tries desperately to put the pieces together, he falls deeper into her trap, risking his family, his career, and even his life. FATALE is a suspenseful and provocative psychological thriller and an unpredictable game of cat and mouse where one mistake can change your life.
Set in a small-town Arkansas hospital in 1999, 12 Hour Shift follows Mandy (Bettis) a drug-addicted nurse who gets caught in the middle of a black market organ-trading scheme after her ruthless cousin, Regina (Farnworth), misplaces a kidney scheduled for delivery that night. Death soon descends on the hospital as a mob boss and an injured convict (Arquette) terrorize patients, while Mandy and Regina scramble to replace the lost organ by any means necessary. Nothing is off the table and every patient is at risk as Mandy fights to restore order and appease the ruthless black market bosses.
Cody's Review: It's a struggle to come up with the right way to describe 12 Hour Shift. This is a really weird movie, and I'm still not entirely sure if I love it or hate it, but I've certainly enjoyed it the more I've thought about it. Despite being categorized as a comedy, horror, and thriller, I can't rightly say it belongs to any of these genres. It has the pieces of a horror/thriller, including plenty of blood, a couple chase scenes, and at least three serial killers, but it's not remotely scary. And as far as comedy, the first 30-40 minutes have basically no obvious humor; but if you laugh at stupid trailer trash behavior, you're in for a treat. The legitimate laugh lines pick up in the second half, they're amusing and quippy. But in truth, the humor comes from the sheer stupidity of the characters — and boy howdy, are they stupid. I'll steer clear of spoilers, but it's hard to paint a complete picture of how absurd things get while also remaining somehow light, but also dark. For example, there is a single mini-musical number involving just two unconnected characters... No, this movie isn't a musical, but the setup resembles that moment in those movies before everybody breaks into song. Trying to explain 12 Hour Shift is almost the best part, and it's growing on me as more time goes by. This movie is an experience, which means it's either brilliant or terrible. Just don't judge it too harshly by the first few minutes and you'll probably come away loving this one. Verdict: If you have a sick sense of humor, this is a must-watch; otherwise, just run away and don't look back.
Drama|Streaming: January 8 (Amazon Prime Video)|IMDb
Starring: Clare Dunne, Harriet Walter, Conleth Hill
Struggling to provide her daughters with a safe, happy home, Sandra decides to build one - from scratch. Using all her ingenuity to make her ambitious dream a reality, Sandra draws together a community to lend a helping hand to build her house and ultimately recover her own sense of self.
Four friends, who met in high school and are bonded by an event, are suddenly forced back together when one of them suffers a crisis. It’s a story of love, forgiveness and the incredible bond between women.
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale
In the throes of World War II, Captain Maude Garrett (CHLOË GRACE MORETZ) joins the all-male crew of a B-17 bomber with a top-secret package. Caught off guard by the presence of a woman on a military flight, the crew tests Maude’s every move. Just as her quick wit is winning them over, strange happenings and holes in her backstory incite paranoia surrounding her true mission. But this crew has more to fear…lurking in the shadows, something sinister is tearing at the heart of the plane. Trapped between an oncoming air ambush and an evil lurking within, Maude must push beyond her limits to save the hapless crew and protect her mysterious cargo.
Emojis are a worldwide phenomenon, with some arguing that these smiling poops and heart-eyed faces are on the verge of actually becoming their own language. Who, if anyone, is in charge of this new global digital language?
Animation, Adventure, Comedy|Streaming: December 25|Note: (Disney+)|IMDb
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton
Joe Gardner is a middle school teacher with a love for jazz music. After a successful gig at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body and is transported to the You Seminar, a center in which souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child. Joe must enlist help from the other souls-in-training, like 22, a soul who has spent eons in the You Seminar, in order to get back to Earth.
Drama, Comedy|Streaming: December 23|Theaters: December 4|IMDb
Starring: Luke Greenfield, Vincent Spano, Connor Del Rio, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Hayes Hargrove, Shira Scott Astrof, Jose Zuniga
Renato, a successful Mexican aviation executive, is shocked to discover he has an American half-brother he never knew about, the free-spirited Asher. The two very different half-brothers are forced on a road journey together masterminded by their ailing father, tracing the path their father took as an immigrant from Mexico to the US.
In this modern telling of Jane Austen's 'Persuasion,' Wren Cosgrove is a happy, single, and self-confessed workaholic. After rising to the top of the corporate ladder, she finds herself coming home every night to her cat. When her firm is hired by Owen Jasper, 'the man who got away,' Wren's long-lost feelings are stirred, giving Wren a second chance at true love.
Drama, Music, Romance|Streaming: December 25|Note: (Amazon Prime Video)|IMDb
Starring: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Eva Longoria
The jazz is smooth and the air sultry in the hot New York summer of 1957. Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist, spends late nights playing behind a less-talented but well-known bandleader, as member of a jazz quartet. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), who dreams of a career in television, spends her summer days helping around her father’s record store, as she waits for her fiancé to return from war. When Robert takes a part-time job at the record store, the two begin a friendship that sparks a deep passion in each of them unlike anything they have felt before. As the summer winds down, life takes them in different directions, bringing their relationship to an end. Years pass, Sylvie’s career as a TV producer blossoms, while Robert has to come to terms with what the age of Motown is doing to the popularity of Jazz. In a chance meeting, Sylvie and Robert cross paths again, only to find that while their lives have changed, their feelings for each other remain the same. Writer/director Eugene Ashe combines romance and music into a sweeping story that brings together changing times, a changing culture, and the true price of love.
Drama, Romance|Streaming: December 23|Theaters: December 4|IMDb
Starring: Todd Garner, Jessica Rothe, Kyle Allen, Marc Meyers, Sean Robins, Todd Rosenberg, Harry Shum Jr, Chrissie Fit
Jennifer Carter (Jessica Rothe, the Happy Death Day films) and Solomon Chau (Harry Shum Jr, Crazy Rich Asians) are a sweet, fun-loving, newly engaged couple whose whole life seems ahead of them. But when Sol is diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in December, their plans for a summer wedding become impossible. In a race against time, Jenn and Sol’s friends and family launch an online fundraiser to help the couple create their dream wedding in just two weeks. In the process, they unleash an outpouring of generosity and attention from people around the world who want to celebrate the power of love with them. Through it all, Jenn and Sol’s commitment to each other only deepens, becoming a heartwarming reminder that the strength of true love knows no limits.
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang
There's a theory that we should be born with a small amount of alcohol in our blood, and that modest inebriation opens our minds to the world around us, diminishing our problems and increasing our creativity. Heartened by that theory, Martin and three of his friends, all weary high school teachers, embark on an experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday.
Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi|Streaming: December 23|IMDb
Starring: Felicity Jones, Ethan Peck, George Clooney, David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Sophie Rundle, Demian Bichir, Tiffany Boone
This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to Earth, where a mysterious global catastrophe has taken place.
Horror, Adventure, Fantasy|Streaming: December 25|IMDb
Starring: Jack Kane, Zander Emlano, Zak Sutcliffe
A group of five classmates is trapped inside their school bus after a mysterious creature invade the road. Time runs and every passing minute decreases their survival chances against the constant threats of that unknown entity.
Comedy, Family, Fantasy|Streaming: December 29|IMDb
Starring: Lauren Grego, Anthony Taufa, Cooper Flynn
They say blood is thicker than water, but does infected zombie blood count? When Francine (Lauren Grego) catches her brother, Teddie (Cooper Flynn), in the act of a zombie attack, she must convince her parents that they’re in danger and - worst of all - that they have to find a way to get rid of her brother. Along the way, Francine learns how to defend herself, make a best friend for life and become closer to her idol, her father.
Action, Sci-Fi|Streaming: December 15|Theaters: September 3|IMDb
Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki
Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.
Starring: Ellen Hollman, Matt Passmore, Geraldine Singer, Gary Kasper, Cam Bowen
Out hiking, Special Forces Brenner Baker and her husband stumble upon an illegal drug compound. The drug dealers capture them, kill her husband, and leave her for dead. They should have made sure they finished the job. Now, 1st Lieutenant Brenner Baker of the Army's 75th Ranger Division is on a one-woman killing mission carving up everyone in her path until there is only one person standing, her.
Cody's Review: Where and how do I begin? Let's just say, if you're into the idea of revenge porn (not the sexual kind) with a not-so-subtle dose of girl power, keep reading so I can set your expectations appropriately low before watching. And by that, I mean you can practically write this script by filling in the blanks of classic movie tropes, Mad Libs style. This is a Roaring Rampage of Revenge starring perhaps the greatest example of a (God Mode) Mary Sue in cinematic history. Rey (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and her excessive Force powers have nothing on Ellen Hollman's character Brenner. She's an Army Ranger with expert hunting/tracking/trapping skills, she can't be shot but always hits every target, she can take down any man 3x-4x her size and weight, her hair and makeup never get messed up, and she doesn't even sweat — seriously, just watch, it never happens. Look, I wrote 2 pages of notes before giving up; believe me when I say you're just gonna have to turn off your brain for this one. Strangely, that might be the thing that redeems Army of One: it's kinda fun to watch once you stop caring, or maybe even go full MST3K on it. Most of the acting is B-grade, and sometimes barely above the standards set by porn, and the writing didn't give anybody much to work with anyway. The villains are two-dimensional rednecks running a human trafficking empire; and they're revealed to be even more evil with every other scene, just to ensure the viewer will feel good about hating them unconditionally. Verdict: I'll say it again, don't expect too much; just turn off your brain, don't ask any questions, and enjoy a hot girl leaving a trail of bodies behind... if that's your thing. Oh, but if you're going to take anything away from reading this, DO NOT START COOKING FIRES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BRUSH, DURING A DRY SEASON, AND WITHOUT EVEN SETTING UP A ROCK WALL BARRIER!!! How f***ing stupid can these two 'protagonists' be?!?! And she's supposed to be a tracker!?!?! I almost started to cheer for the villains, at least they're not trying to burn down the place.
Animation, Adventure, Comedy|Streaming: December 17|Theaters: November 25|IMDb
Starring: Kirk DeMicco, Catherine Keener, Leslie Mann, Joel Crawford, Dan Hageman, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Peter Dinklage
The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to watching their daughter get heart eyes over a new boyfriend. But now they face something that will shake their pack to its core and make them reconsider everything they hold true: another family.
Drama, Horror, Mystery|Streaming: December 15|IMDb
Starring: Liana Liberato, Noah Le Gros, Maryann Nagel, Jake Weber
Hoping to reignite their relationship, college students Emily (Liberato) and Randall (Le Gros) arrive at their weekend getaway only to discover a peculiar older couple already staying there. They all agree to share the home but, after an indulgent night of partying, they’re awoken to a living nightmare of apocalyptic proportions. A mysterious airborne microbe has infected the water and it’s making its way to the house.
A few days after Christmas, half-sisters Ida and Tuva set out on a winter dive in a remote part of the Norwegian coastline. Towards the end of the dive, a rockslide traps Tuva under water. As Ida surfaces to call for help, she discovers that the rockslide has struck above water as well, burying their equipment, phones and car keys--they are completely cut off from any chance of outside rescue. As the frantic race for survival unfolds, Ida is put to the ultimate test of character and forcefulness. During Ida's fight to save Tuva, a fractured sisterhood is exposed, and when all seems lost, the stakes rise beyond simple survival.
Comedy, Drama, Romance|Streaming: December 18|IMDb
Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Mathilde Ollivier
Liam is set to wed a younger French girl, Clemence, in the Hamptons. His sister, Audrey, and her husband, Ethan, drive to attend, yet Audrey's motives are likely to stop the wedding. Audrey and Clemence do not get along, as Clemence, a perfect gorgeous French woman, reminds Audrey of her own imperfections. Feelings of jealousy due to her own lost opportunities, uncertainty of herself and 40 years of lifetime choices could explode and scorch her new sister-in-law.
Action, Drama, Thriller|Streaming: December 18|IMDb
Starring: Basil Iwanyk, Morena Baccarin, Gerard Butler, David Denman, Andrew Bachelor, Joshua Mikel, Sébastien Raybaud, Nik Bower
John Garrity, his estranged wife and their young son embark on a perilous journey to find sanctuary as a planet-killing comet hurtles toward Earth. Amid terrifying accounts of cities getting leveled, the Garrity's experience the best and worst in humanity. As the countdown to the global apocalypse approaches zero, their incredible trek culminates in a desperate and last-minute flight to a possible safe haven.
Starring: Lindsey Morgan, Jonathan Howard, Rhona Mitra, James Cosmo, Alexander Siddig, Daniel Bernhardt, Cha-Lee Yoon
When a virus threatens to turn earth-dwelling friendly alien hybrids against humans, Captain Rose Corley (Lindsey Morgan) must lead a team of elite soldiers on a mission to the alien’s world in order to save what's left of humanity.
Cody's Review: Welcome to the third installment to the Skyline universe — at least it must be a 'universe' by now, right? Skyline (2010) kicked off the story and was eventually followed by Beyond Skyline (2017), each with entirely different themes and cast members. Skylines is lead by Lindsey Morgan (The 100) as (former) Captain Rose Corley, the first person to ever reprise a role in the franchise, even if she only had about 2 minutes of screen time in the previous film. It won't matter much if you're just dropping into Skylines without watching the first two entries, most of the important details are covered by a rapid retelling of events and a few contextual clues in the early scenes. A few things might be a little confusing, but you're not missing out on much. Like its predecessors, Skylines is a typical B-grade sci-fi with tons of action, but with a budget that looks almost A-list in quality. It helps that the cast and crew clearly care enough to deliver a polished product. The plot is a bit of a mixed bag, as the first act presents a good setup with room for it to become a pretty rich story, but the remainder of the movie backslides into fairly generic action scenes and a very familiar plot. This feels a lot like recent Star Trek movies, but Skylines doesn't ask you to pretend it has anything to do with a once-beloved (and now abused) franchise. Aside from our heroine, the remaining cast of characters is largely forgetable and exists primarily to keep her from doing the entire movie alone. The sci-fi can be cheesy at times and the dialog isn't particularly elegant, but there are also a lot of lines that intentionally reveal Skylines doesn't take itself too seriously. You're meant to laugh along with the writers, and if you're in on the joke, the story is more enjoyable. Verdict: This is the simplicity of a Saturday morning cartoon, but the look of a well-funded flick. There's nothing particularly special here, but if you're looking for a low commitment sci-fi with plenty of action, Skylines is definitely the one to watch.
Starring: Cody Kearsley, Bruce Willis, Rachel Nichols, Thomas Jane
Bruce Willis stars in the action-packed, Sci-fi thriller. Fleeing a devastating plague on Earth, an interstellar ark comes under attack from a new threat; a shape-shifting alien force intent on slaughtering what is left of humanity.
Cody's Review: Breach calls back to some good ol' hard sci-fi films like Alien, and that comparison is easy since we find ourselves with a small crew of spacefarers doing grunt work as a foreign creature picks them off one-by-one. However, things never reach ominous creature feature stage, but instead take a hard turn to zombie movie... IN SPAAAAAACE. It's still a good watch despite lots of poor post-production. For example, scenes are occasionally missing, sound design is incomplete, and some special effects look like they were farmed out to people on Fiverr for $50. Maybe a Director's Cut will finish the work someday, but viewers should just be prepared to forgive this one. Counterintuitively, the set looks pretty good, and most of the actors deliver appropriate performances (which doesn't necessarily mean they're good, [cough] Thomas Jane). And on that note, Bruce Willis has had a year of phoning in movies like Hard Kill and agreeing to do a horrendous 'DieHard is Back' commercial. However, he's not just walking in front of a camera for a paycheck this time, it seems like Willis cared enough to surface some personality again. Make no mistake, Breach isn't his best work, it's not even better than Live Free or Die Hard, but at least it's Bruce doing his thing. It's a servicable space thriller that will get you through another night. Just be prepared for a few groans and some cliche moments, particularly the very last few seconds. #nospoilers. Verdict: If you liked Alien, go ahead and watch Breach, just be ready to forgive it for a half-assed editing job, courtesy of 2020.
Thriller, Horror, Suspense|Streaming: December 18|IMDb
Starring: Devon Sawa, Nick Stahl, Camille Sullivan, Summer Howell
HUNTER HUNTER follows a family living in the remote wilderness earning a living as fur trappers. Joseph Mersault (Devon Sawa), his wife Anne (Camille Sullivan), and their daughter Renée (Summer H. Howell) struggle to make ends meet and think their traps are being hunted by the return of a rogue wolf. Determined to catch the predator in the act, Joseph leaves his family behind to track the wolf. Anne and Renée grow increasingly anxious during Joseph’s prolonged absence and struggle to survive without him. When they hear a strange noise outside their cabin, Anne hopes it is Joseph but instead finds a man named Lou (Nick Stahl), who has been severely injured and left for dead. The longer Lou stays and Joseph is away, the more paranoid Anne becomes, and the idea of a mysterious predator in the woods slowly becomes a threat much closer to home.
Action, Adventure, Thriller|Theaters: September 18|IMDb
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Claudia Karvan, Hal Ozsan
An American man, played by Jim Caviezel, is kidnapped after a friend invites him to Cairo to speak out about recent militant uprisings. His wife heads to the city after hearing the news, determined to get him back.
Action, Crime, Drama|Streaming: December 8|Theaters: October 16|IMDb
Starring: Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney
Hoping to cut a deal, a professional bank robber agrees to return all the money he stole in exchange for a reduced sentence. But when two FBI agents set him up for murder, he must now go on the run to clear his name and bring them to justice.
Here are some of the movies that are scheduled to come out soon. Links are added when possible, but many services won't have pages for these services until they go live. Release dates may change without notice, so not all of these dates will turn out to be accurate.
Action, Adventure, Fantasy|Streaming: Mid-January, maybe?|Theaters: December 18|IMDb
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Ron Perlman, Tony Jaa
When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers. Feature film based on the video game by Capcom.
Action, Camp(?)|Streaming: January 12 or January 19|Theaters: January 8|IMDb
Starring: Jason Sedillo, Caitlin Rose Williams, Akasha Villalobos
From director and writer Mark Cantu (Night Zero), the action-packed film follows superheroes as they struggle to come out of retirement and once again fight evil in their city. Attached you'll find additional info on the film. Assets and a review screener can also be accessed below!
Max and Drew run a popular webcast that streams “live exorcisms” watched by millions across the globe. In reality, the exorcisms are just elaborately staged hoaxes performed by paid actors. But their fortunes take a turn when one of the actors becomes possessed by an actual demon and takes the crew hostage. In front of a rapidly growing audience, the demon subjects the crew to a series of violent challenges, threatening to expose the dark secrets they’ve been hiding from each other unless they come clean and reveal they’re impostors before the show is over.
On the run for murder, Avery Quinn bursts into Alpha Omega Pi house looking for help. Desperate to prove her innocence and her sanity, she holds a handful of people hostage and forces them into the reality of her ongoing nightmare. As a last resort, she summons the legendary Sandman and from that point on, all of the unfortunate souls inside have two choices: Face their worst nightmares...or...face the Sandman.
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Derek Wayne Johnson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Zane, Frank Stallone, Joe Mantegna, Billy Dee Williams
Frank Stallone has remained one of the most versatile talents in Hollywood for over four decades. His music career has earned him three Platinum Albums, ten Gold Albums, five Gold Singles and seen him top the charts worldwide. His movie soundtracks have audiences across the globe gripped to some of the most iconic movies; including The Expendables 2, Rocky I, II and III, Rambo II, Paradise Alley, Over the Top and the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive, which earned him Golden Globe and Grammy Nominations. All the while Frank’s on-screen career has seen him act in over 60 films and TV shows, including Tombstone and the cult hit Barfly. So why does Frank remain one of the least known famous faces in Hollywood? Find out as we go behind the scenes of Hollywood's elite, in this fascinating documentary, told by Frank himself and those that know him be.
Action, Adventure, Thriller, Drama, Western|Streaming: January 22|IMDb
Starring: Frank Grillo, Conor Allyn, George Lopez, Jake Allyn, Andie MacDowell, David Barraza, Jorge A. Jimenez, Esmeralda Pimentel
Late one night, Bill Greer and his son Jackson patrol their ranch when Jackson accidentally kills an immigrant Mexican boy. When Bill tries to take the blame for his son, Jackson flees south on horseback, becoming a gringo 'illegal alien' in Mexico. Chased by Texas Rangers and Mexican federales, Jackson journeys across Mexico to seek forgiveness from the dead boy's father only to fall in love with the land he was taught to hate.
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Katrina Bowden, Sean Patrick Flanery
Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow) and Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints) headline this powerful martial arts action film about the love for family and the drive for greatness. After a blood-soaked jujitsu match in Dubai, fighting legend Mickey Kelley (Flanery) falls to superstar Blaine. But years later, an online video proves that Blaine cheated, and the world demands a rematch. Can the aging underdog get back into shape in time to vanquish his foe, get revenge, and claim his prize?
Starring: Nita-Josee Hanna, Owen Myre, Adam Brooks, Alexis Hancey, Matthew Ninaber
Siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. They nickname the evil creature Psycho Goreman (or PG for short) and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims. It isn’t long before PG’s reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos and a rogues’ gallery of alien combatants converges in small-town suburbia to battle for the fate of the galaxy.
Starring: Gamal Helal, Martin Indyk, Daniel Kurtzer
With unprecedented access to the foremost American negotiators, this documentary is the behind-the-scenes story from the last 25 years, of how the United States came within reach of pulling off the impossible - securing peace between Israel and its neighbors. Today, the need to learn from past mistakes couldn't be more urgent.
Starring: Patrick Sabongui, Veronica Cartwright, Mike Mosallam, Haaz Sleiman, Michael Cassidy, Amin El Gamal, Christopher J. Hanke, Rula Gardenier
Mo, a practicing Muslim living in West Hollywood, is learning to navigate life post heartbreak. Enter Kal, an All-American guy who surprises Mo by offering to break fast with him during the holy month of Ramadan. As they learn more about each other, they fall in love over what they have in common and what they don't.
Starring: Emily Barclay, Madeleine Sami, Curtis Vowell, Sophie Henderson, Matthew Lewis, Rachel House, Rose Matafeo, Nic Sampson
When Zoe (Rose Matafeo) and Tim (Matthew Lewis) find out they are having a baby, they resolve to not let parenthood change them. Tim runs towards being a dad, while Zoe runs away from being a mum. Terrified that her life won’t be her own anymore, Zoe is still determined to tick off a list of their wildest dreams before the baby arrives. Zoe’s increasing denial about her impending birth pushes her, and her relationship, to the limit.
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jason Segel, Brad Ingelsby, Marielle Scott, Ahna O’Reilly, Isabella Kai Rice, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Casey Affleck
Tells the inspiring and extraordinary true story of the Teague family—journalist Matt (Casey Affleck), his vibrant wife Nicole (Dakota Johnson) and their two young daughters—and how their lives are upended by Nicole’s heartbreaking diagnosis of terminal cancer. As Matt’s responsibilities as caretaker and parent become increasingly overwhelming, the couple’s best friend Dane Faucheux (Jason Segel) offers to come and help out. As Dane puts his life on hold to stay with his friends, the impact of this life altering decision proves greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined.
Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) narrates his epic and darkly humorous rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Cunning and ambitious, our young hero jockeys his way into becoming a driver for Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra Jonas), who have just returned from America. Society has trained Balram to be one thing — a servant — so he makes himself indispensable to his rich masters. But after a night of betrayal, he realizes the corrupt lengths they will go to trap him and save themselves. On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against a rigged and unequal system to rise up and become a new kind of master.
Starring: Mike P. Nelson, Daisy Head, Alan McElroy, Dylan McTee, Emma Dumont, Matthew Modine, Martin Moszkowicz, Robert Kulzer
Backwoods terror and never-jangling suspense meet when Jen (Charlotte Vega) and a group of friends set out to hike the Appalachian Trail. Despite warnings to stick to the trail, the hikers stray off course—and cross into land inhabited by The Foundation, a hidden community of mountain dwellers who use deadly means to protect their way of life. Suddenly under siege, Jen and her friends seem headed to the point of no return— unless Jen’s father (Golden Globe® nominee Matthew Modine) can reach them in time.
Starring: Rachel House, Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln
When an unlikely ally enters the Bloom family's world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin, the bird’s arrival makes a profound difference in the struggling family’s life.
The Little Things
Crime, Drama, Thriller|Streaming: January 28 or 29|IMDb
Starring: Denzel Washington, John Lee Hancock, Rami Malek, Tom Hughes, Jared Leto, Jason James Richter, Chris Bauer, Sofia Vassilieva
Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city. Leading the hunt, L.A. Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter (Malek), impressed with Deke’s cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.
After a night out with friends, an exhausted married couple, Babak (Shahab Hosseini), Neda (Niousha Noor) and their baby take shelter in the grand, but eerie Hotel Normandie. Throughout a seemingly endless night, mysterious disturbances ruin their night's rest as Babak and Neda soon realize they're locked-in with a malevolent force that hungers for the dark secrets they've kept from one another.|Streaming: January 29|IMDb
Starring: Kourosh Ahari, Shahab Hosseini, Michael Graham, Niousha Jafarian, George Maguire, Elester Latham
The Night is a psychological thriller that follows an Iranian couple, Babak and Neda, and their one-year-old daughter, Shabnam. Returning home from a friend’s gathering, Babak drives drunkenly, too stubborn to let Neda drive with a suspended license. When Babak’s driving threatens the safety of the family, Neda insists they stay the night at a hotel. Once they check-in, Babak and Neda find themselves imprisoned, forced to face the secrets they've kept from each other. And though the clock moves forward, 'the night' never ends
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, June Squibb, Fisher Stevens, Charles B. Wessler, Alisha Wainwright, Ryder Allen, Cheryl Guerriero
After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together—and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie's past threatens to ruin his new life and family.
Drama, Romance|Streaming: January 29 or April 23|IMDb
Starring: Patrick Bergin, Rose Reid, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Baugh, Jedidiah Goodacre, Katherine McNamara, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Judith Hoag
While studying abroad in Ireland, accomplished young musician Finley (Rose Reid) meets heartthrob movie star Beckett (Jedidiah Goodacre) shooting his latest medieval fantasy blockbuster. Sparks fly between the unlikely couple who inspire each other to find the strength to be true to oneself. But when forces surrounding Beckett’s stardom threaten to crush their dreams, Finley must decide what she is willing to risk for love.
Action, Adventure, Comedy|Streaming: January 29 (Netflix)|IMDb
Starring: Christina Strain, Kelly Hu, Jude Weng, Produced by Ian Bryce, Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson, Owen Vaccaro
A summer in rural O‘ahu takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn-raised siblings when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.
Starring: Colin Firth, Sarah Woodward, Ian Drysdale, Stanley Tucci, Pippa Haywood, Peter MacQueen, James Dreyfus, Lori Campbell
Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of twenty years, are travelling across England in their old campervan visiting friends, family and places from their past. Following a life-changing diagnosis, their time together has become more important than ever until secret plans test their love like never before.
Starring: Nomi Ruiz, Nick Sasso, John Ventimiglia, Veronica Falcón, Udo Kier, Zoë Bell, D.B. Sweeney
Haymaker follows a retired Muay Thai fighter (Sasso) working as a bouncer, who rescues an alluring transgender performer (Ruiz) from a nefarious thug, eventually becoming her bodyguard, protector, and confidant. The relationship leads Sasso's character to make an unexpected return to fighting, risking not only his relationship, but his life. Haymaker tells a story about human dignity and love.
Biography, Drama, History|Streaming: January 29 (Netflix)|IMDb
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James
As WWII looms, a wealthy widow hires an amateur archaeologist to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain's past resonate in the face of its uncertain future.
Starring: Alice Isaaz, Kevin Janssens, Déborah François, Bruno Todeschini, Constance Dollé, Armelle Abidou, Maryne Bertieaux, Kate Moran
The American Civil War breaks out... A family of French colonists, settled in Missouri, decides to go back to France. Edmond, Madeleine, and their three daughters have to cross the whole country to reach New-York. They are led by the mysterious and dangerous mercenary, Victor.
If you're up for hitting the theaters, here's a list of releases that just made it to the big screen. Only titles from the last two weeks will be listed here.
Starring: Liam Neeson, Robert Lorenz, Katheryn Winnick, Juan Pablo Raba, Dylan Kenin, Luce Rains, Teresa Ruiz
Hardened Arizona rancher Jim Hanson (Liam Neeson) simply wants to be left alone as he fends off eviction notices and tries to make a living on an isolated stretch of borderland. But everything changes when Hanson, an ex-Marine sharpshooter, witnesses 11-year-old migrant Miguel (Jacob Perez) fleeing with his mother Rosa (Teresa Ruiz) from drug cartel assassins led by the ruthless Mauricio (Juan Pablo Raba). After being caught in a shoot-out, a dying Rosa begs Jim to take her son to safety to her family in Chicago. Defying his cop daughter Sarah (Katheryn Winnick), Jim sneaks Miguel out of the local U.S. Customs and Border Patrol station and together, they hit the road with the group of killers in pursuit. Jim and Miguel slowly begin to overcome their differences and begin to forge an unlikely friendship, while Mauricio and his fellow assassins blaze a cold-blooded trail, hot on their heels. When they finally meet on a Midwestern farm, a fight to the death ensues as Jim uses his military skills and code of honor to defend the boy he's come to love.