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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, January 9. What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, January 9. What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 9th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.)

Beloved Sisters
Director: Dominik Graf
Cast: Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius, Hannah Herzsprung, Claudia Messner, Ronald Zehrfeld, Andreas Pietschmann, Maja Maranow, Peter Schneider, Michael Wittenborn, Anne Schäfer, Philipp Oehme, Thomas Kornack, Klaus Lehmann
Synopsis: “The summer of 1788 in Rudolstadt. Rebellious poet Friedrich Schiller and two penniless sisters, members of the Thuringian aristocracy, experience an unforgettable period together which will eventually bind them forever. Unhappily married Caroline von Beulwitz and her shy sister Charlotte von Lengefeld take seriously their oath to share everything – even the author of ‘The Robbers’. Charlotte marries Schiller so they may pursue their ménage à trios under the guise of convention. Caroline, whose novel Schiller publishes anonymously, leaves her husband. The fragile equilibrium of their love triangle becomes unhinged when she falls pregnant. But Schiller is determined to fight for both sisters.” [Berlin International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (10 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Coral Gables, FL

Black November
Director: Jeta Amata
Cast: Razaaq Adoti, Ibrahim Aba-Gana, Akon, Christina Alexandria, Fred Amata, Mbong Amata, Zack Amata, Asenshion Amun, Awuese Awunde, Robert Ballentine, Kim Basinger, Ivar Brogger, Jay M. Brooks, Jenifer Brougham, Nathin Butler, Mickey Rourke, Anne Heche, Vivica A. Fox, Wyclef Jean, Sarah Wayne Callies
Synopsis: “A volatile, oil-rich Nigerian community wages war against their corrupt government and a multi-national oil corporation to protect their land from being destroyed by excessive drilling and spills. To seek justice, a rebel organization kidnaps an American oil executive and demands that his corporation end the destruction and pollution.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Dark Summer
Director: Paul Solet
Cast: Peter Stormare, Stella Maeve, Grace Phipps, Keir Gilchrist, Maestro Harrell
Synopsis: “A 17-year-old is on house arrest for the summer. When his mother is away on business, a horrifying incident occurs, followed by an even more terrifying presence in the house.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Farewell, Herr Schwarz
Director: Yael Reuveny
Synopsis: “Michla and Feiv’ke Schwarz, sister and brother, could have re-met in Lodz in 1945. But they didn’t. She migrated to a Jewish state in the Middle East and founded a family there, while he returned to East Germany, changed his name to Peter, married a German woman and lived the rest of his life in the camp where he was once a prisoner. But they are just the beginning. The outcome of their decision effects the course of whole lives, for generations to come, here and now: Their children, who struggle to deal with their parents’ silence and their own unasked questions. Their grandchildren who are haunted by family secrets and forced to question their own identity. Two families, in Germany and Israel, not knowing about each other for years, are strangely mirrored.”
Theatrical Release: New York

It’s All So Quiet
Director: Nanouk Leopold
Cast: Jeroen Willems, Henri Garcin, Wim Opbrouck, Martijn Lakemeier
Synopsis: “Helmer, a single farmer in his fifties, lives with his aged, bedridden father in the Dutch countryside. His working days are marked by the visits of milk collector Johan, a man of his own age for whom Helmer holds a secret fascination. One day Helmer decides to renovate the house, buying himself a new double bed and moving his father upstairs. His life gains even more momentum, when adolescent farmhand Henk comes to help him out.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife
Director: Scott Foley
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Scott Foley, Amy Acker, Donald Faison, Marika Dominczyk, Dagmara Dominczyk, Nicollette Sheridan, Greg Grunberg
Synopsis: “Everyone hates Ward’s wife and wants her dead, Ward (Donald Faison) most of all. But when his friends’ murderous fantasies turn into an (accidental) reality, they have to deal with a whole new set of problems — like how to dispose of the body and still make their 3 p.m. tee time.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Predestination
Director: Michael and Peter Spierig
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Christopher Kirby, Madeleine West, Jim Knobeloch, Freya Stafford, Elise Jansen, Tyler Coppin, Christopher Stollery, Christopher Sommers
Synopsis: “‘Predestination’ chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC)

Preservation
Director: Christopher Denham
Cast: Pablo Schreiber, Aaron Staton, Wrenn Schmidt
Synopsis: “Three family members head deep into the woods for a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. When all of their gear is stolen, they turn on each other, but soon realize there are much more treacherous forces at work.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia and San Francisco) 

Something, Anything
Director: Paul Harrill
Cast: Ashley Shelton, Bryce Johnson, Linds Edwards, Amy Hubbard, Lauren Lazarus, Emily Soleil
Synopsis: “When a tragedy shatters her plans for domestic bliss, a seemingly typical Southern newlywed gradually transforms into a spiritual seeker, quietly threatening the closest relationships around her.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Taken 3
Director: Oliver Megaton
Cast: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Forest Whitaker, Dougray Scott, Jon Gries, Leland Orser, Sam Spruell, Jonny Weston, Andrew Howard, Dylan Bruno, Judi Beecher, Al Sapienza, Don Harvey, Alexander Wraith
Synopsis: “Ex-government operative Bryan Mills finds his life is shattered when he’s falsely accused of a murder that hits close to home. As he’s pursued by a savvy police inspector, Mills employs his particular set of skills to track the real killer and exact his unique brand of justice.”
Theatrical Release: Wide

Valley of Saints
Director: Musa Syeed
Cast: Mohammed Afzal, Gulzar Ahmed Bhat, Neelofar Hamid
Synopsis: “Widely considered to be the crown jewel of Kashmir, Dal Lake is a sprawling aquatic community where erupting political violence often distracts from the natural beauty. Gulzar, a young, working-class boatman, plans to skip town with his best friend in search of a better life, but a weeklong military curfew derails their departure. Forced to wait it out, Gulzar takes a job assisting a pretty scientist named Asifa. As they navigate the floating landscape, collecting water samples for an environmental study, an unlikely relationship blossoms between the two. When Asifa’s research reveals harmful pollutants, Gulzar realizes that the ecology of the lake and an entire way of life face an alarming threat, and everything in his own life begins to take on a new hue.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism
Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Cast: Diana Avramut, Bogdan Dumitrache, Mihaela Sîrbu, Alexandru Papadopol
Synopsis: “A director with two weeks left on his latest film fakes an ulcer in order to delay production and pursue a romance with his lead actress and muse.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

The World Made Straight
Director: David Burris
Cast: Haley Joel Osment, Minka Kelly, Jeremy Irvine, Adelaide Clemens, Noah Wyle, Marcus Hester, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Steve Earle, Stephen Gevedon, Tim Ware, Diana Lenska, Tom Gilroy, Robin Mullins, Colin Dennard, Fred Galle
Synopsis: “In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

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