Pick of the Litter – January 2019


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Glass

(Blumhouse/Universal) Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy. Security guard David Dunn is locked up in an institution for his belief that he has superpowers. But when a disturbed patient with 24 separate personalities including a homicidal maniac escapes, Dunn must put his powers to the test – knowing all of this is masterminded by evil genius Mr. Glass. This is a sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s previous films Unbreakable and Split.. January 18

INDEPENDENT PICKS

Genesis 2.0

(Kimstim) Christian Frei. Jeff Goldblum as the fictional chaos theory mathematician once said “They were so busy trying to see if they could they never stopped to think if they should.” That was from the original Jurassic Park. Life is imitating art at a much more rapid pace than you might be aware; the discovery of a nearly intact mammoth carcass in the Siberian permafrost with muscle, liquid blood and fur intact has set off a frenzy of scientific interest as geneticists and virologists look to research the find and possibly bring an ancient mammoth back to life from the DNA recently discovered.  January 2

The Vanishing

(Saban) Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Gary Lewis. In 1900 three lighthouse keepers in the Flannan Isles in the Outer Hebrides off the coast of Scotland disappeared without a trace and were never seen again. Although much conjecture about their fates was considered by the newspapers of the time, no explanation for their disappearance has ever been fully accepted. This film looks at one possibility. January 4

Ashes in the Snow

(Vertical) Bel Powley, Peter Franzén, Sophie Cookson, James Cosmo. In his quest for power, Stalin and the Soviet Union occupied many countries already reeling from the ravages of the war. A 16-year-old aspiring artist and her family are deported from the Baltic to Siberia due to her father’s anti-Stalinist stance. Young Nina draws what she sees in hopes that history will give a voice to those who have none. January 11

Girl

(Netflix) Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Tijmen Govaerts. A 15-year-old girl, born in a boy’s body, dreams of becoming a ballerina even as she begins her body transition but achieving all her dreams may not be enough. This is up for the Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Golden Globe Awards. January 18

The Image Book

(Kino-Lorber) Jean-Luc Godard, Buster Keaton, Dmitri Basil. Without a doubt Jean-Luc Godard is one of the great visual artists of our lifetime. His latest film can only be described as a cinematic collage which may seem random at first but I’m told tells a story in five parts that illustrates his take on the state of humanity as the 2010s circle the drain. January 25

The Wild Pear Tree

(The Cinema Guild) Domu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yildirimlar, Hazar Erguçlu. A young man returns home to his village from college with the intention of becoming a writer. However, his father’s debts put a crimp in his plans and thrust his family into peril. January 30

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January 2019


Glass

JANUARY 1, 2019

Thunders: Room 37 – Limited/VOD

JANUARY 2, 2019

Genesis 2.0 – Limited

JANUARY 4, 2019

The Escape Room
American Hangman- Limited
And Breathe Normally – Netflix
Animal Crackers – Limited
Communion – Los Angeles/New York City
El Potro: Unstoppable – Netflix
Lionheart – Netflix
Mojin: The Worm Valley – Limited
Rust Creek – Limited
State Like Sleep – Limited
The Vanishing – Limited

JANUARY 9, 2019

The Car: Road to Revenge – VOD
Pony with a Broken Wing – VOD

JANUARY 11, 2019

A Dog’s Way Home
The Upside

If Beale Street Could Talk – Expands Wide
On the Basis of Sex – Expands Wide
Against the Clock – Limited
Alone in the Dead of Night – Limited
Anthem of a Teenage Prophet – Limited/VOD
Ashes in the Snow – Limited
The Bounty Killer – Limited
Buffalo Boys – Limited
Jobe’z World – Limited
The Last Laugh – Netflix
Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom – VOD
Perfect Strangers – Limited
Pledge – Limited
Rockaway – Limited
Sgt. Will Gardner – Limited
Solo – Netflix
Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of Antoon Krings – Limited
Touch Me Not – New York City
The Untold Story – Limited

JANUARY 14, 2019

Fyre Fraud – Hulu

JANUARY 15, 2019

The Legend of Secret Pass – VOD
Revenger – Netflix

JANUARY 16, 2019

What is Democracy? – Limited

JANUARY 17, 2019

Becoming the Keys – Vimeo

JANUARY 18, 2019

Glass
A Winter Princess – Hallmark
Adult Life Skills – Limited
An Acceptable Loss – Limited/VOD
All These Small Moments – Limited
The Brawler – Limited
Canal Street – Limited
Close – Netflix
Don’t Come Back From the Moon – Limited
Egg – Limited
Fyre – Netflix
Girl – Netflix
Goodnight, Charlene – Limited
The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution – Limited
I Hate Kids – Limited/VOD
The Last Man – Limited/VOD
Saint Bernard Syndicate – Limited
Separated: The Film – Vimeo
Split Lip – Limited
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek – Limited
Unbridled – Limited
Who Will Write Our History – New York City

JANUARY 22, 2019

Cecil – VOD
Dolphin Kick – VOD
Noctambulist – VOD
To Err is Human: A Patient Safety Documentary – VOD

JANUARY 23, 2019

The 5 Browns: Digging Through the Darkness – Limited

JANUARY 24, 2019

The Final Wish – Limited

JANUARY 25, 2019

The Kid Who Would Be King
Serenity

An Acceptable Loss – Expands to Limited Release
Animas – Netflix
The Challenger Disaster – Limited
Dead Ant – Limited/VOD
Heartlock – Limited
The Image Book – New York City
In Like Flynn – Limited
The Invisibles – Limited
Jihadists – Limited
King of Beasts – Limited
King of Thieves – Limited
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi – Limited
Que Leon – Limited
Solar – Netflix

JANUARY 30, 2019

The Gandhi Murder – Limited
The Wild Pear Tree – Limited

JANUARY 31, 2019

Painkillers – Limited/VOD