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The best new movie releases in January

These gifts weren't good enough for the holidays, but we've found a handful of silly-sounding fun

By David Ehrlich
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1. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Movies Action and adventure

Yes, we live in a world where the first (and hopefully last) Benghazi movie is directed by the guy who made Armageddon. Set before, during and after the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the American diplomatic compound in the infamous Libyan city, Michael Bay’s bro-tastic take on the controversial event will probably be more interested in massive explosions than in fueling right-wing conspiracy theories.

13 Hours opens on January 15.

2. The 5th Wave

Movies Fantasy

You thought YA movies were finished after the release of the final Hunger Games? Think again! Chloë Grace Moretz stars in the latest film franchise to be adapted from a popular series of post-apocalyptic tween adventures, the Clouds of Sils Maria star playing a girl who’s trying to save her younger brother during the most recent wave of attacks from a deadly alien force. Brace for sequels.

The 5th Wave opens on January 15.

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3. London Has Fallen

Movies Action and adventure

Remember Olympus Has Fallen? It was like White House Down, but with half the budget and none of the charm. Well, it’s getting a sequel. And this time, it isn’t just America’s problem. Gerard Butler returns as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, traveling to London after the Prime Minister dies under mysterious circumstances. Soon, Banning will find himself protecting all of the world’s leaders from a dastardly plot. Isn’t January the greatest?

London Has Fallen opens on January 22.

4. The Finest Hours

Movies Action and adventure

Was The Perfect Storm too depressing for you? Then slap on your most waterproof duds and get ready for the Disney version, which reaches a little farther back into American history in order to tell the true story of the rescue mission that saved two sinking oil tankers from the squalls of a 1952 nor’easter. Starring Chris Pine, a lot of terrible Boston accents and an ocean of CGI effects, The Finest Hours looks like the month’s best bet for old-fashioned spectacle.

The Finest Hours opens on January 29.

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5. Kung Fu Panda 3

Movies Animation

Po the panda is back for another hyper installment of Dreamworks’ animated franchise, as the tubby karate master (still voiced by Jack Black) reunites with his birth father and returns to his hometown. Kicks will be thrown, rice will be inhaled, and fat jokes will be made as this series—once a staple of the summer movie season—carves out a new home for itself in the depths of winter.

Kung Fu Panda 3 opens on January 29.

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