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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, January 16; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, January 16; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 16th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.)

Wide

Blackhat
Director: Michael Mann
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei, Leehom Wang, Manny Montana, William Mapother, Archie Kao, Spencer Garrett, John Ortiz, Holt McCallany
Synopsis: “Set within the world of global cybercrime, ‘Blackhat’ follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (8 reviews)


Paddington

Director: Paul King
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Matt Lucas, Matt King, Samuel Joslin, Ancuta Breaban, Daniel Westwood, Dominic Coleman
Synopsis: “A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck (‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’) and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (13 reviews)


Spare Parts

Director: Sean McNamara
Cast: Alexa PenaVega, George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marisa Tomei, Carlos Pena, Esai Morales, Alessandra Rosaldo
Synopsis: “The journey of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students from Phoenix, AZ who form a robotics club and are led by their teacher (George Lopez) with nothing but spare parts and a dream to compete against MIT in a National Underwater Robotics Competition.”

The Wedding Ringer
Director: Jeremy Garelick
Cast: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco, Affion Crockett, Jorge Garcia, Corey Holcomb, Ken Howard, Cloris Leachman, Jenifer Lewis, Mimi Rogers, Aaron Takahashi, Olivia Thirlby, Nicky Whelan
Synopsis: “Jimmy provides best man services for socially challenged guys, who – for whatever reason – have no one close enough to agree to stand by them on the day of their wedding. Doug a groom-to-be, has found himself in just such a situation, but, to make matters worse, he fabricates the names of not only a best man but nine groomsmen as well. When all else fails, Doug seeks out Jimmy’s services to carry out a charade designed to make Doug look his best, but threatens to destroy everything if it fails.”
Criticwire Grade AverageC+ (4 reviews)

Limited

Alumbrones
Director: Bruce Donnelly
Synopsis: “Explores the work and lives of twelve contemporary Cuban artists (male and female, ranging in age from 18 to 65), living in Havana today. Alumbrones is defined as “unexpected, short-lived bursts of light” and refers to the frequent blackouts (apagones) experienced in post-Soviet Cuba. Visiting each person in their home and studio, the film explores the varying styles and techniques used, the themes, philosophies and ideas present in their work, as well as the many obstacles and difficulties they face on a daily basis and the feelings each person has towards the place they call home.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Appropriate Behavior
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit, Anh Duong, Arian Moayed
Synopsis: “For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (17 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Washington, DC

Gangs of Wasseypur
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Cast: Jaideep Ahlawat, Manoj Bajpai, Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Reema Sen, Tigmanshu Dhulia
Synopsis: “A clash between Sultan (a Qureishi dacoit chief) and Shahid Khan (a Pathan who impersonates him) leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles (will expand to various cities across country)


Human Capital

Director: Paolo Virzi
Cast: Valeria Golino, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Fabrizio Gifuni, Luigi Lo Cascio
Synopsis: “Approaching a snowy night from three vastly different perspectives, the lives of two generations overlap as they tumble toward an ill-fated event that inextricably links them. Starring two of Italy’s leading actresses, Valeria Golino and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Human Capital twists love, class, and ambition into a singular, true-life story that exposes the consequences of valuing certain human lives over others.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bloomington, IN (expands across the country through April)


Little Accidents
Director: Sara Colangelo
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, Josh Lucas
Synopsis: “In a small American coal town living in the shadow of a recent mining accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws three people together—a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy—in a web of secrets.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, DC)

Loitering with Intent
Director: Adam Rapp
Cast: Michael Godere, Ivan Martin, Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell, Isabelle McNally, Brian Geraghty
Synopsis: “After running into a film producer eager to invest in a new project, aspiring writers Dominic (Michael Godere) and Raphael (Ivan Martin) need to come up with a script fast, so the pair head to the seclusion of upstate New York to churn out their masterpiece. But when Dominic’s siren of a sister (Marisa Tomei) turns up desperate for reprieve from her boyfriend (Sam Rockwell), they soon realize they’re in for more than they bargained for.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Houston and Seattle)

Match
Director: Stephen Belber
Cast: Matthew Lillard, Carla Gugino, Patrick Stewart
Synopsis: “A Seattle couple (Matthew Lillard and Carla Gugino) travel to New York to interview colorful former dancer Tobi (played with remarkable dexterity by Patrick Stewart) for research on a dissertation about dance. But soon, common niceties and social graces erode when the questions turn personal and the true nature of the interview is called into question.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Select Cities


The Phoenix Project
Director: Tyler Graham Pavey
Cast: Corey Rieger, Andrew Simpson, David Pesta, Orson Ossman
Synopsis: “Four young scientists work to craft a machine to reanimate deceased organisms. As the project develops, the machine exceeds their wildest expectations, creating boundless possibilities that challenge the very nature of human existence. However, success with this experiment comes at a price, as ulterior motives and reckless abandon lead to consequences none of them could predict. As their time and resources fade, this team of visionary scientists must face the realities of the task they have set out for themselves, bringing the dead back to life.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston Philadelphia and San Francisco)


Still Alice

Director: Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth
Synopsis: “Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested. Alice’s struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (27 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC (expands to various cities throughout January and February)

Still Life
Director: Uberto Pasolini
Cast: Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Karen Drury, Andrew Buchan, Neil D’Souza, David Shaw Parker, Michael Elkin
Synopsis: “John May is a funeral officer, a public servant responsible for burying those whose relatives cannot be found. As he struggles to give dignity in death to those who had lost it in life, he tenderly writes eulogies and carefully chooses music to accompany the funerals. But he always fails in his attempts to have someone present, leaving him alone to witness his “clients” last journeys on earth. When an unknown neighbour dies alone and friendless, John May takes on his case as a final assignment. Overcoming rejections and dead ends, he travels across the country tracking down Billy Stoke’s scattered family and forgotten friends, to ensure his will not be another unattended, cheerless funeral.” [Venice Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York

Three Night Stand
Director: Pat Kiely
Cast: Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Reagan Pasternak, Jonathan Cherry, Dan Beirne
Synopsis: “A married couple’s romantic weekend is turned upside down when the husband’s ex-girlfriend, a woman he’s secretly obsessed with, is running the ski lodge where they’re staying.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis and Philadelphia)

Vice
Director: Brian A. Miller
Cast: Ambyr Childers, Bruce Willis, Thomas Jane, Bryan Greenberg
Synopsis: “Julian Michaels (Bruce Willis) has designed the ultimate resort: VICE, where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans. When an artificial (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian’s mercenaries and a cop (Thomas Jane) who is hell-bent on shutting down Vice, and stopping the violence once and for all.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

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