Pick of the Litter – January 2018


Insidious: The Last Key

(Blumhouse/Universal) Lin Shaye, Kirk Acevedo, Bruce Davison, Leigh Whannell. In yet another prequel for this popular horror franchise, Dr. Elise Rainer must make her most perilous journey into the Further yet with stakes much higher than she’s ever faced before. That’s because the haunting that she’s investigating is in her own family home. January 5


Children of Beqaa

(Green Apple) Elias Matar, Lyla Matar. Lebanon is hosting over two million Syrian refugees. At one of the main camps in Beqaa, 70% of the refugees are under the age of 18. The government is overwhelmed, the NGOs trying to help are overwhelmed and the people are slowly starving and dying of thirst. This documentary hopes to shine a light in the darkness and bring world attention on the situation which grows more critical by the day. January 5


(Music Box) Adriano Carvalho, Luana Tito Nastas, Sandra Corveloni, Roberto Audio. A young woman in 19th century colonial Brazil is forced to marry the husband of her late aunt who happens to be a slave trader. Leaving her for extended periods to go capture African slaves, she comes to know the slaves as human beings and begins to realize the immorality of what her husband does for a living. January 12

The Final Year

(Magnolia/HBO) Barack Obama, John Kerry, Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes. The final calendar year of the Obama administration is given extraordinary access to documentarians who show the various challenges, triumphs and heartbreaks that the Obama presidency endured in 2016. Touted as a “real life West Wing,” this is in equal parts civics lesson and history lesson. January 19

The Leisure Seeker

(Sony Classics) Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Janel Moloney, Kirsty Mitchell. An elderly couple takes their RV which they’ve dubbed “The Leisure Seeker” from New York to Key West in a quest to visit Hemingway’s home. With the husband dealing with oncoming dementia and his wife undergoing chemotherapy, this trip is going to be their last hurrah – or their finest hour and quite possibly both.  January 16

Mom and Dad

(Momentum) Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Lance Henriksen. A self-absorbed teenage girl and her younger brother find themselves in a fight for survival when their parents – along with all the other parents in town – begin to turn against their kids with increasing bloody violence. This is the latest from the twisted mind of Brian Taylor who along with Mark Neveldine directed Crank. Cage has been quoted as saying this is the most fun he’s had making  a movie in a decade.. January 19

Have a Nice Day

(Strand) This animated feature is most definitely not for the kiddies. A young criminal rips off the Chinese triad of a whole lot of cash to get his girl some plastic surgery. It has been described as what would happen if Quentin Tarantino made Reservoir Dogs as an animated film. This might just be the strangest feature-length animation you see all year – and it’s only January. January 26

January 2018


Insidious Chapter 4JANUARY 1, 2018

The Directive – Limited
The Perfect Romance – Limited
Safe Neighborhood – Limited

JANUARY 2, 2018

Babes With Blades – Limited

JANUARY 3, 2018

Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer – Limited

JANUARY 5, 2018

Insidious: The Last Key
Molly’s Game – Expands Wide
Before I Wake – Netflix
Blame – Limited
Children of Beqaa – Limited
Dark Meridian – Limited
Day of the Dead: Bloodline – Limited
Devil’s Gate – Limited
Django – New York City
Goldbuster – Limited
In the Land of Pomegranates – New York City
Namiya – Limited
The Strange Ones – Limited
Stratton – Limited

JANUARY 6, 2018

A Tale of Two Coreys – Lifetime

JANUARY 8, 2018

The Family – Starz

JANUARY 9, 2018

Agnyaathavaasi – Limited
Almost Paris – Limited
Asylum of Fear – Limited/VOD
Greed: Heavy is the Hand – VOD

JANUARY 12, 2018

The Commuter
Paddington 2
Proud Mary

The Post – Expands Wide
1921 – Limited
A Demon Within – Limited
Abe’s Last Poker Game – Limited
Acts of Violence – Limited/VOD
Condorito: La Pelicula – Limited
Freak Show – Limited
Humor Me – Limited
Inside – Limited
Lover for a Day – Limited
The Lucky Man – Limited
Mr. Jholay – Limited
My Art – Limited
Saturday Church – Limited
Vazante – Limited
What Lies Upstream – Limited/VOD

JANUARY 16, 2018

El Gallo – Limited

JANUARY 17, 2018

Beuys – Limited

JANUARY 18, 2018

The Relationtrip – Limited

JANUARY 19, 2018

12 Strong
Den of Thieves

Phantom Thread – Expands Further
A Better Tomorrow 2018 – Limited
Delirium – Limited
The Final Year – Limited
Forever My Girl – Limited
Into the Valli – New York City
Kangaroo: A Love/Hate Story – New York City/Los Angeles
Mary and the Witch’s Flower – Limited
The Midnight Man – Limited
Mom and Dad – Limited
The Open House – Netflix/Limited
Ridge Runners – Limited
The Road Movie – Limited
Showdown in Manila – Limited
Small Town Crime – Limited
Step Sisters – Netflix
This Giant Papier-Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy – Limited
Victor Goodview – Limited

JANUARY 25, 2018

Indecent – Limited/PBS

JANUARY 26, 2018

Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Hostiles – Expands Wide
Kangaroo: A Love/Hate Story – Expands to Limited Release
A Ciambra – Limited
A Futile and Stupid Gesture – Netflix
American Folk – Limited
Between the Walls – YouTube
Bucky and the Squirrels – Limited
The Campus – Limited
Chanda Mama Door Ke – Limited
The Clapper – Limited
The Competition – Limited
Desolation – Limited
Have a Nice Day – New York City
The Insult – Limited
Keys to the Heart – Limited
Kickboxer: Retaliation – Limited
The Misguided – Limited
The Neighbor – Limited
Padmaavat – Limited
Please Stand By – Limited/VOD
West of the Jordan River – New York City

JANUARY 31, 2018

The Dark Within – Limited
Just Charlie – Limited
No Intenso Agora – Limited