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The best new movie releases in January

Jennifer Lawrence slips on a pair of Marigolds, Leonardo DiCaprio is hunting bears and Eddie Redmayne makes an extraordinary transformation

By Time Out London Film
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La La Land

1. La La Land

Damien Chazelle’s modern take on the classic Hollywood musical is sheer joy from start to finish. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone co-star as artists – he’s a jazz pianist, she’s an actress – struggling to make it in Hollywood. It’s been called ‘this generation’s “Casablanca”’, and looks set to win big at the Oscars next month. Out on January 13      

T2 Trainspotting

2. T2 Trainspotting

Twenty years after ‘Trainspotting’, Danny Boyle has got the band back together. Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle all return for a story very loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s ‘Porno’. We can’t wait! Out on January 27

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Manchester by the Sea

3. Manchester by the Sea

That’s Manchester, Massachusetts – hometown of Lee (Casey Affleck) a caretaker who carries an unbearable guilt in Kenneth Lonergan’s staggering drama. When he gets a call that his brother has died, Lee must return to Manchester to look after his teenage nephew. Affleck gives the performance of his career – and he’s odds on to pick up Best Actor at the Oscars. 
Out on January 13

 

Hacksaw Ridge

4. Hacksaw Ridge

After years of headlines focused on his racist and anti-Semitic outbursts, Mel Gibson is back in the news for his filmmaking. His bloody and brutal World War II drama stars ex-Spider-man Andrew Garfield as real-life conscientious objector Desmond Doss, who was awarded a medal for bravery as a medic – saving 75 men while under enemy fire from the Japanese. Out on January 27

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Jackie

5. Jackie

Not your traditional biopic, by a long shot. In this stately, beautifully designed film by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (‘No’), Natalie Portman stars as first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the week after JFK’s assassination in 1963. Out on January 20

Split

6. Split

Has M Night Shyamalan got his mojo back? The director behind ‘The Sixth Sense’ and a disastrous run of stinkers (see ‘The Last Airbender’ and ‘After Earth’) returns with an unhinged-sounding thriller – and early reviews have been pretty positive. James McAvoy stars as a creepy kidnapper with different multiple personalities – 24 of them! Out on January 20

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Silence movie

7. Silence

Martin Scorsese has been obsessed with adapting Shūsaku Endō’s novel for nearly 30 years, since he read it on a bullet train in Japan. Now, finally, comes the film, starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as seventeenth-century Portuguese priests on a suicidal mission to find their mentor who has disappeared in Japan. Out now

A Monster Calls

8. A Monster Calls

Fairytales exist to help us make sense of darkness in the world, and in this fantasy film adapted from Patrick Ness’s bestselling book a boy with a dying mother gets a visit from 40-foot monster voiced by Liam Neeson. It’s directed by JA Bayona (‘The Orphanage’) with ‘Rogue One’ star Felicity Jones playing the mum. Out now

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Denial

9. Denial

In the early 2000s, disgraced historian David Irving brought a libel case against American academic Deborah Lipstadt for calling him a Hitler apologist and Holocaust denier (he’d argued that Hitler tried to save Jews during a part of World War II). Starring Timothy Spall and Rachel Weisz and written by David Hare, ‘Denial’ dramatises the resulting court case. Out on January 27

Christine

10. Christine  

In 1974, 29-year-old American TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck committed suicide, blowing out her brains live on air.  This intelligent and intense drama stars brilliant British actress Rebecca Hall as the troubled Chubbuck. Out on January 27

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