Pick of the Litter – January 2017


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

(Screen Gems) Milla Jovovich, Ruby Rose, Ali Larter, Ian Glen. The most successful movie franchise to be built on a video game franchise is calling it a day – at least until the inevitable reboot, or should this make bank, yet another sequel with or without helmer Paul W.S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich. Here Alice, the superhuman creation who battles her amoral creators in the Umbrella Corporation, the apocalypse is nearly complete and Alice has only one play – to take down the Umbrella before they destroy what little of humanity remains. January 27

INDEPENDENT PICKS

The Ardennes

The Ardennes

(Film Movement) Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens, Jan Bijvoet. Two Belgian brothers are involved in a home invasion robbery that goes sideways. One brother is left holding the bag and is sent to prison; the other cleans up his life and tries to get on the straight and narrow. When the incarcerated brother is released, he wants to reclaim what was his including his girlfriend Sylvie. His now reformed brother tries to help him but is slowly getting sucked back into his former life of crime. This was Belgium’s official submission for this year’s foreign language Oscar. January 6

Alone in Berlin

Alone in Berlin

(IFC) Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Persbrandt. In Nazi Germany, a factory worker and his wife receive word that their only son, an infantryman in the army, had been killed in action. This sets off a chain reaction in the grieving father who leaves cards criticizing the Third Reich and even urging citizens to rise up against the Fuehrer. The story is all the more incredible because it actually happened. January 13

The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle

(Sony Classics) Michael Dudok de Wit. A shipwreck survivor washes up on the shore of a beautiful island – but an empty one, save for turtles, birds and crabs. His battle to survive becomes a metaphor for the human cycles of life. This film, which is completely without dialogue, is the first film released by Studio Ghibli that is not a Japanese production.  January 20

The SalesmanThe Salesman

(Cohen Media Group) Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Mina Sadati. In this tense drama, a married couple who are rehearsing for a performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman are forced to move when their house begins to crumble. They rent an apartment from one of their fellow cast members, unaware that the previous tenant was a woman of ill repute. While bathing alone one day, the wife is visited by one of the previous tenant’s clients, leading to a complete breakdown in their marriage. From Asghar Farhadi, the acclaimed director of A Separation. January 27

 

 

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January 2017


Resident Evil The Final Chapter

JANUARY 6, 2017

Underworld: Blood Wars
A Monster Calls – Expands Wide
Hidden Figures – Expands Wide
Silence – Expands Further
The Ardennes – Limited
Arsenal – Limited
Between Us – Limited
The Bronx Bull – Limited
Coin Heist – Netflix
The Deserter – Limited
Hickey – Los Angeles
Lost & Found – Limited
Master – Limited
Railroad Tigers – Limited
The Snare – Limited
White Slaves of K-Town – Los Angeles

JANUARY 11, 2017

Alexander IRL – YouTube Red

JANUARY 12, 2017

Mad Families – Crackle

JANUARY 13, 2017

The Bye-Bye Man
Monster Trucks
Sleepless

Live By Night – Expands Wide
Patriot’s Day – Expands Wide
100 Streets – Limited
48 Hours to Live – Limited
Alone in Berlin – Limited
Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies – Limited
Bad Kids of Crestview Academy – Limited
The Book of Love – Limited
Claire in Motion – Limited
Clinical – Netflix
The Crash – Limited
Go North – Limited
The Miranda Murders: Lost Tapes of Leonard Lake and Charles Ng – Limited
Pitchfork – Limited
Reset – Limited
The Son of Joseph – Limited
Top Coat Cash – Limited

JANUARY 15, 2017

Alterscape – Limited

JANUARY 16, 2017

Arise from Darkness – Limited

JANUARY 17, 2017

Catch-22 – Amazon/Google Play/iTunes/Vudu
Death Race 2050 – Netflix/VOD/Limited

JANUARY 19, 2017

Girlfriends – Limited

JANUARY 20, 2017

Split
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

20th Century Women – Expands Wide
The Founder – Expands Wide
The Axe Murders of Vilisca – Limited
Bakery in Brooklyn – Limited
Detour – Limited
Gut Buster – Limited
Kedi – Limited
My Father Die – Limited
Red Turtle – Limited
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone – Limited
Staying Vertical – New York City
Trespass Against Us – Limited
Under the Mill – Limited/Amazon
We are the Flesh – Limited
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions – Limited

JANUARY 25, 2017

Treasure Hunt Massacre – Limited

JANUARY 27, 2017

A Dog’s Purpose
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Behemoth – New York City
The Daughter – Limited
Get the Girl – Limited
Gold – Limited
I Am Michael – Limited
iBoy – Netflix
Kung Fu Yoga – Limited
Lost in Florence – Limited
The Salesman – Limited
Saving Banksy – Limited
Sophie and the Rising Sun – Limited
Speed Sisters – Limited
Un Padre No Tan Padre – Limited