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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, January 8; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, January 8; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 8. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


The Forest

Director: Jason Zada
Cast: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Eoin Macken
Synopsis: “Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of the supernatural thriller. A young American woman, Sara, journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden, Sara enters the forest having been well warned to “stay on the path.” Determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, Sara will have to face the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them. These malevolent spirits lying in wait for Sara at every turn will plunge her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself.”


The Abandoned

Director: Eytan Rockaway
Cast: Jason Patric, Louisa Krause, Mark Margolis
Synopsis: “A struggling single mother, Julia takes a security job working nights at an abandoned apartment building in a last ditch effort to get her life together. As she patrols the hollow and vast superstructure, her scurrilous on-duty partner and a local vagrant begin toying with her, testing her sanity and eventually forcing her into the rotting catacombs below the building.” [LA Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on January 22nd)


Director: Tim Blake Nelson
Cast: Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart, Glenn Close, Corey Stoll, Michael K. Williams, Mickey Sumner, Gretchen Mol
Synopsis: “On a snowy night in New York City, a Columbia professor is brutally mugged on the doorsteps of an apartment building. Director Tim Blake Nelson’s haunting meditation of city life traces the chain of events that precipitate the attack, examining the inextricable and unforeseen forces that bring a group of disparate individuals together.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

Anger of the Dead

Director: Francesco Picone
Cast: Aaron Stielstra, Marius Bizau, Désirée Giorgetti, Michael Segal, Roberta Sparta, David White, Claudio Camilli, Chiara Paoli
Synopsis: “In a world ravaged by a virus that turns people into cannibals, a pregnant woman (Alice) manages to survive. Alice, in the company of two other men, strives to reach an island untouched by the plague. Meanwhile, a dangerous individual is on the trail of a mysterious girl, which causes Alice to realize that the Zombies are not her biggest and only threat.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Cherry Tree

Director: David Keating
Cast: Naomi Battrick, Sam Hazeldine, Anna Walton, Patrick Gibson, Leah McNamara, Caroline Murphy, Valerie O’Connor, Minnie Phipps, Elva Trill
Synopsis: “Faith’s world is turned upside down after she finds out that her beloved father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her field hockey coach, Faith finds a compassionate spirit and much-needed mother figure. Little does she know that Sissy is the head of a centuries-old witches’ coven that uses the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a secret ritual that restores life to the dead and dying. Offering to cure her father in exchange for a child, Sissy strikes a bargain with Faith, who suddenly finds herself pregnant with a baby that’s growing at an alarming rate. But with the clock to the child’s birth ticking down and the true intention of Sissy’s plans for humanity becoming more apparent, Faith and her father must stand together in order to save both their lives.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Los Angeles and Columbus, OH)


Director: Lawrence Roeck
Cast: Scott Eastwood, Walton Goggins, Camilla Belle, Adam Beach, Joaquim de Almeida, Danny Glover
Synopsis: “A young Civil War veteran named Jackson wakes up to find his beautiful wife kidnapped by a band of ruthless bandits. With killers around every corner, the lines begin to blur between who the good and the bad are, including Jackson. As a final gunfight looms for our hero and he is asked to risk it all to save the woman he loves, this action-packed western takes twists and turns that will break even the hardest of hearts.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party

Director: Stephen Cone
Cast: Cole Doman, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Nina Ganet, Francis Guinan, Kelly O’Sullivan, Tyler Ross, Hanna Dworkin, Meg Thalken, Patrick Andrews, Joe Keery, Daniel Kyri, Darci Nalepa, Mia Hulen, Jack Ball, Melanie Neilan, Grace Melon, Zoe Tyson, Travis Knight, Spencer Curnutt, Pat Healy
Synopsis: “Two teenage boys, preacher’s kid Henry Gamble and his friend Gabe, have a sleepover the night before Henry’s seventeenth birthday pool party. Typical teenage boy chat quickly turns sexual, and it’s silently implied that Henry, on a search for identity, has a crush on Gabe. As dawn arrives on the day of the party, Henry’s mom Kat wakes in a state of limbo, middle-aged, with a secret. A little while later, Pastor Bob is making breakfast, and they are joined by Henry’s 19-year-old sister Autumn, home from college for the party. Later that afternoon, as guests arrive – both from the church, as well as Henry’s own “secular” friends – and day turns to night, Henry carefully navigate the religious strictures and sexual secrets of his community, as do the adults and teenagers of the party, all struggling to tread the public and private, and their longing, despite themselves and their faith, for earthly love.”
Theatrical Release: New York


Director: Ross Partridge
Cast: Oona Laurence, Ross Partridge, Scoot McNairy, Jess Weixler, Lindsay Pulsipher, Joel Murray, Tom Bower, Jennifer Lafleur
Synopsis: “‘Lamb,’ based on the book by Bonnie Nadzam, traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle aged man. In the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father he hopes to regain some faith in his own goodness by turning his attention to an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl named Tommie. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness and even comes to believe that his devotion to Tommie is in her best interest. When Lamb decides to take a willing Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies to initiate her into the vast beauty of the world, the journey shakes them in ways neither of them expects.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Sweaty Betty

Directors: Joseph Frank & Zachary Reed
Cast: Rico Mitchell, Seth Dubose, Floyd Rich III, Chris Rich, Tarich Rich, Floyd Rich V, Chrissy Rich, Charlotte, Cassy
Synopsis: “In a cramped row house on the border of Washington D.C., two stories of big dreams take place. Floyd and his family have raised a 1,000 pound pig in their backyard, and are determined to turn her into the team mascot for the Redskins football team. Floyd puts his plan into motion, but the pig, named Miss Charlotte, draws unwanted attention. A few blocks away, Rico and Scooby, two teenage single fathers and best friends, are hanging around the neighborhood. As they scheme up a better life for themselves and their children, they are presented with an unexpected opportunity.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC

The Treasure

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Cast: Toma Cuzin, Adrian Purcarescu, Corneliu Cozmei, Cristina Toma, Radu Banzaru, Florin Kevorkian, Dan Chiriac, Iulia Ciochina, Clemence Valleteau, Ciprian Mistreanu
Synopsis: “Costi leads a peaceful life. At night he likes to read his 6-year-old son stories, to help him sleep. Their favorite is Robin Hood. Costi sees himself as the hero – righter of wrongs and defender of the oppressed. One evening, his neighbor pays him an unexpected visit and shares a secret: there’s treasure buried in his grandparents’ garden, he’s sure of it. If Costi will hire a metal detector to help locate it, he’ll give him half of whatever they get. Skeptical at first, in the end Costi can’t resist. He’s on board. The two accomplices have one weekend to locate the loot. Despite every obstacle in their path, Costi refuses to be discouraged. For his wife and son, he’s a real hero – nothing and no one are going to stop him.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (13 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

Director: James Crump
Synopsis: “The titular troublemakers are the New York–based Land (aka Earth) artists of the 1960s and 70s, who walked away from the reproducible and the commodifiable, migrated to the American Southwest, worked with earth and light and seemingly limitless space, and rethought the question of scale and the relationships between artist, landscape, and viewer.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, San Diego and Seattle)

Unlucky Plaza

Director: Ken Kwek
Cast: Epy Quizon, Adrian Pang, Judee Tan
Synopsis: “Onassis Hernandez was once the proud owner of Singapore’s most popular Filipino diner. But a food poisoning scandal triggered by a disgruntled cook has left him on the brink of bankruptcy. When he is further outdone by a financial scam, Onassis takes a group of people hostage in a millionaire’s bungalow. The crisis is captured on video and sparks an international outcry. Will Onassis be pronounced a victim or a villain?” [Toronto International Film Festival] 
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on January 15th)


Director: Gabrielle Demeestère
Cast: James Franco, Henry Hopper, Steven Wiig, Barry Del Sherman, George Maguire, Tony Vella, Carlisle Forrester, Clara Aranovich, James Darbyshire, Todd Aaron Brotze, Kristin Kueter, Aaron Landucci, Casey Adkisson, Elizabeth Wang, Jen Arbitrario
Synopsis: “It’s the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community.”
Theatrical Release: New York and San Jose (expands to various cities throughout the month)

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