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January 2016 Film Preview

January 2016 Film Preview

Dark and cold January creeps in on us with a number of equally dark tales of young women finding themselves in dangerous situations. In “The Forest,” Natalie Dormer of “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games” stars as a young woman looking for her twin sister in he legendary Aokigahara Forest in Japan. She’s warned to “stay on the path” (always stay on the path, ladies) — but we suspect she won’t listen. In “The 5th Wave,” Chloe Grace Moretz plays a young woman trying to save her younger brother while on the run from alien attacks. And in “The Boy,” an nanny (Lauren Cohan) is babysitting a life-sized doll that may or may not be alive.
Natalie Portman is battling more earthly but still gruesome enemies — a gang out to kill her husband and child — in the titular role of the the feminist Western “Jane Got A Gun.” As a producer, Portman has been battling backstage drama and postponements for years. We’re excited that the film is finally here.
If you’re looking for something cozier, we recommend “Kung Fu Panda 3,” co-directed by Jennifer Yuh, whose “Kung Fu Panda 2” became one of the highest-grossing film directed by a woman. 

All descriptions are from press releases, unless stated otherwise.

January 1

Yosemite – Written and Directed by Gabrielle Demeestere (Opens in New York)

It’s the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three fifth-grade friends, Chris (Everett Meckler), Joe (Alec Mansky) and Ted (Calum John), unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community. (Press materials)

January 8

The Forest – Co-Written by Sarah Cornwell

When her twin sister disappears in Japan, a young American named Sara (Natalie Dormer) becomes determined to find out what happened to her. Sara’s investigation leads her to the legendary Aokigahara Forest, located at the base of Mount Fuji. Accompanied by expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney), she enters the mysterious wilderness after being warned to “stay on the path.” Her investigation plunges her into a dark world where the angry and tormented souls of the dead prey on those who dare to explore the forest.

Trust Fund – Written and Directed by Sandra L. Martin
Reese Donahue (Jessica Rothe) leads a seemingly ideal life, with a bright future ahead of her. But when she discovers the truth, that her mother left enough money for her to choose her own path, she’s faced with a dilemma. 

Wazir – Co-Written by Supriya Kelkar 

Two unlikely friends are brought together by grief and a peculiar twist of fate. One is an ATS officer that is widowed and the other is a wheelchair bound chess grandmaster with a mysterious past. The two must play the biggest game of their lives in an unfinished game before the malevolent ‘Wazir’ checkmates them.

The Abandoned

Take a terrifying plunge into the warped mind of a disturbed young woman. Desperate to get her life back on track, the unstable Streak (Louisa Krause) takes a job as a security guard, working the graveyard shift at a once upscale, now abandoned apartment complex. But on her first night on duty, she discovers a horrifying presence lurking deep within the bowels of the decaying building. With her nerves already on edge, Streak must confront demons both real and imagined as she struggles to keep a grip on her sanity.

January 22

The 5th Wave – Co-Written by Susannah Grant

Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie (Chloe Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother (Zackary Arthur).

The Boy 

An American nanny (Lauren Cohan) is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After violating a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.

January 29

Jane Got a Gun

A woman (Natalie Portman) asks her ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help in order to save her outlaw husband (Noel Emmerich) from a gang out to kill him. 

Kung Fu Panda 3 – Co-Directed by Jennifer Yuh 

Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”, Po (Jack Black) must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.

Rabin, the Last Day – Co-Written by Marie-Jose Sanselme

Itzhak Rabin’s murder ended all efforts of peace, and with him the whole left wing of Israel died. The movie shows the last of his days as prime minister, and what led to his murder.

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