Pick of the Litter – January 2020


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Dolittle

(Universal) Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent. From the beloved series of children’s books comes this new re-imagining. Most remember the bloated musical version starring Rex Harrison if they remember it at all, but this one stars Iron Man himself as the vet who can talk to the animals, and generally prefers animals to people. January 17

OTHER WIDE RELEASES TO WATCH FOR

Grudge, January 3
1917, January 10
The Informer, January 10
Just Mercy, January 10
Underwater, January 10
Bad Boys 4 Life, January 17
The Gentlemen, January 24
The Turning, January 24
Gretel and Hansel, January 31
The Rhythm Section, January 31

INDEPENDENT PICKS

Three Christs

(IFC) Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, Bradley Whitford, Walton Goggins. The story of the groundbreaking psychological study by Dr. Alan Stone of three paranoid schizophrenics at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in 1959. All three of them believed they were Jesus Christ. January 3

Les misérables

(Amazon) Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Zonga, Issa Penca. A cop from the provinces moves to Paris and becomes entwined in a disturbing world of crime and brutality. The film was recently nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film award at the upcoming Golden Globes. January 10

Troop Zero

(Amazon) Mckenna Grace, Viola Davis, Alison Janney, Jim Gaffigan. A little girl in rural Georgia in 1977 dreams of outer space. When a chance to be part of NASA’s golden record to be sent out on Voyager for Birdie Scouts at the upcoming jamboree materializes, she founds a troop of fellow misfits hoping to achieve her dream but ends up finding something more lasting. January 17

Color Out of Space

(RLJE) Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Madeleine Arthur. A meteorite lands near a small town and brings with it devastating horror. From the mind of author H.P Lovecraft and the legendary B-movie director Richard Stanley. January 24

Beanpole

(Kino-Lorber) Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Andrey Bykov, Igor Shirokov  Two young women, living in the tattered majesty of post-World War II Leningrad, desperately search for hope and meaning among the ruins. This is Russia’s official submission to this year’s Foreign Language Oscar category. January 29

Incitement

(Greenwich) Yehuda Nahari, Amitai Yaish, Anat Ravnitski, Yoav Levi The story of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as told through the eyes of the assassin. This was the most recent winner of the Israeli Academy Awards Best Picture and is also Israel’s official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar this year. January 31

January 2020


grudge

JANUARY 1, 2020

Big Fat Lie – Limited
Captured – Limited
Ghost Stories – Netflix

JANUARY 2, 2020

Her Deadly Reflections – Lifetime

JANUARY 3, 2020

Grudge
Adoring – Limited
City of Joel – Limited/VOD
Don’t Be a Dick About It – Limited
Inmate Zero – Limited
Three Christs – Limited

JANUARY 6, 2020

The First Rainbow Coalition – PBS

JANUARY 7, 2020

Adventures in Fishtale Reef – VOD
Agent Jade Black – VOD
Bird Brained – VOD
Bloodhound – VOD
Bulletproof 2 – VOD
Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story – VOD

JANUARY 8, 2020

At the Video Store – Limited

JANUARY 9, 2020

Liberation – Limited

JANUARY 10, 2020

Like a Boss
Underwater

1917 – Expands to Wide Release
Just Mercy – Expands to Wide Release
Afterward – Limited
Chhapaak – Limited
The Corrupted – Limited
The Dawn – Limited
Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike DeGruy – Limited
Inherit the Viper – Limited
JL Family Ranch 2 – Hallmark Channel
Les Miserables – Limited
Mod Kids 2 – Amazon
The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson – Limited
Reality Queen! – Limited
The Sonata – Limited
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior – Limited
The Woman Who Loves Giraffes – New York City

JANUARY 12, 2020

The Party Planner – Lifetime

JANUARY 13, 2020

The Bloody Indulgent Regurgitated – VOD

JANUARY 14, 2020

Angels Fallen – Limited/VOD
Manhunt – Limited/VOD

JANUARY 15, 2020

Weathering For You – Fathom Events

JANUARY 17, 2020

Bad Boys 4 Life
Dolittle

Weathering For You – Expands to Wide Release
Blood Widow – Limited
Disturbing the Peace – Limited
Feedback – Limited
The Host – Limited
Intrigo: Death of an Author – Limited
Jai Mummy Di – Limited
Khatre Da Guggu – Limited
The Last Full Measure – Limited
My Hindu Friend – Limited
Troop Zero – Amazon Prime
Tyler Perry’s Fall From Grace – Netflix
VHYes – Limited

JANUARY 18, 2020

Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story – Lifetime

JANUARY 21, 2020

Melrose – VOD

JANUARY 23, 2020

A Daughter’s Ordeal – Lifetime
Blind Eyes Opened – Fathom Events

JANUARY 24, 2020

The Gentlemen
The Turning

The Last Full Measure – Expands to Wide Release
A Sun – Netflix
Assassin 33 A.D. – Limited
Cats – Limited
Color Out of Space – Limited
Detective Chinatown 3 – Limited
Elsewhere – Limited
Get Gone – Limited
I Wish I Knew – Limited
Jinde Meriye – Limited
John Henry – Limited
Khatre Da Guggu – Limited
My Name is Myeisha – Limited
Panga – Limited
Quezon’s Game – Limited
Street Dancer 3 – Limited
Zombi Child – Limited

JANUARY 25, 2020

The Rescue – Limited

JANUARY 28, 2020

Afterward – Expands to VOD
Heavenquest: A Pilgrim’s Progress – Vudu
Toxic Beauty – VOD
Two of Us – VOD

JANUARY 29, 2020

Beanpole – New York City

JANUARY 31, 2020

Gretel and Hansel
The Rhythm Section

37 Seconds – Netflix
The Assistant – Limited
Coda – Limited
Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words – Limited
Gul Makai – Limited
Incitement – Limited
Jose – Limited
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana – Netflix
The Traitor – Limited
The Wonderland – Limited