January film highlights 2013

The top five films you need to see this month

2013 gets off to a spectacular start with a run of unmissable movies, including Steven Spielberg's historical drama 'Lincoln', the political thriller 'Zero Dark Thirty', a starry adaptation of 'Les Misérables' and Quentin Tarantino's triumphant return with 'Django Unchained'. So grab the nearest bag of popcorn and settle in for a magnificent month of film.

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    Les Misérables

    What is it?
    Director Tom Hooper (‘The King’s Speech’) is adapting the long-running West End musical into an awards-season contender heaving with A-listers.

    I don’t like musicals, especially not film musicals. Who wants to watch a bunch of actors lip-synching to show tunes?
    Well, this might be the musical for you. In ‘Les Mis’ all the singing is live – the first time it’s been pulled off in a movie, say the filmmakers. And it definitely makes for a more intimate, emotionally wrenching film. Anne Hathaway particularly, is extraordinary. Her version of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ (yes, Susan Boyle’s song) is a guaranteed tear-jerker.

    What are the critics saying?
    They’re loving it or hating it, with not much in between. We’re in the thumbs-up camp. Richard Corliss of the American magazine Time was less impressed: ‘Tom Hooper's problem is soiling good projects with bad direction.’ Ouch.

    When’s it out?
    January 11.

    Read our full review of 'Les Misérables'

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  • Aside from these highlights there's plenty to see at the cinema this January, including Ryan Gosling in 'Gangster Squad' and Dustin Hoffman's 'Quartet'. Take a look at our upcoming movies calendar for a comprehensive guide to all January film releases.