After a strong showing at the holiday box office at the end of December, 2015 is set to bring in a whole new slew of notable movies. In addition to the true stories hitting the big screen next year and the already-released flicks like American Sniper expanding into wider release, here are 14 new films coming to theaters in January.
1. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, out now
The sequel to the 2012 horror film The Woman in Black takes place 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House and follows a group of children who arrive to the house after evacuating from World War II London. The longer they stay in the house, the more the awful past of the residence unravels itself, and the evil spirit that lurks around them threatens the well-being of the children. The movie stars Helen McCory, Jeremy Irvine, Phoebe Fox, Leanne Best, Oaklee Pendergast, and Adrian Rawlins.
2. Tak3n, January 9
Liam Neeson reprises his role as Bryan Mills in the third installment of the franchise, which follows the ex-government operative after he is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills once again brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name. Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen return to their roles as Mills’s daughter and ex-wife, while Forest Whitaker joins the cast as an agent on the hunt for Mills.
3. Preservation, January 9
The horror thriller film follows a husband and wife and his brother as they head out into a secluded forest preserve on a hunting trip in an effort to escape their troubles. But once they get there, things quickly start to go wrong, with their belongings getting stolen. As the stress of their personal lives increases and their fear of being hunted starts to grow, the three begin to turn on one another. Wrenn Schmidt, Pablo Schreiber, Aaron Staton, Cody Saintgnue, Nick Saso, and Michael Chacon all star in the film. The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before hitting theaters.
4. Predestination, January 9
Based on the Robert A. Heinlein short story “All You Zombies,” the sci-fi adaptation stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, and Noah Taylor. It follows the life of a time-traveling Temporal Agent. On his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal who has eluded him throughout time, an infamous terrorist known as the “Fizzle Bomber.” The film had its global premiere last March at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin and has already been released overseas in the U.K. and Australia to widely positive reviews. It is now set to make its stateside debut.
5. Blackhat, January 16
The upcoming action thriller mystery stars Chris Hemsworth as Nicholas Hathaway, a furloughed convict who joins forces with American and Chinese partners to track down a high-level, international cybercrime network. As authorities pursue the mysterious suspect, the dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong. Tang Wei, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, and Wang Leehom co-star in the timely movie, which comes in the wake of Sony’s high-profile hacking scandal. Manny Montana, Archie Kao, Jason Butler Harner, and John Ortiz are also featured in the film.
6. Paddington, January 16
The live-action feature, based on the series of popular children’s books by Michael Bond, follows a young English boy who befriends a talking bear he finds at a London train station. Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Julie Walters and Nicole Kidman co-star in the movie, which features the voice of Ben Whishaw as Paddington. The kid-friendly comedy was released in the U.K. in November and is now set to hit theaters in the states in 2015.
7. The Wedding Ringer, January 16
The upcoming romantic comedy stars Josh Gad as Doug Harris, a shy young groom who needs to impress his in-laws and decides to turn to a best-man-for-hire for help finding a group of groomsmen. Kevin Hart plays Jimmy Callahan, the owner of the wedding company that provides best man services for socially awkward guys like Harris, while Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting plays Harris’s wife-to-be, Gretchen. Alan Ritchson, Cloris Leachman, Mimi Rogers, and Ken Howard co-star in the buddy comedy, which follows the characters as they try to pull off the hilarious wedding charade.
8. Still Alice, January 16
Julianne Moore is receiving major Oscar buzz for her portrayal of Alice Howland, a renowned linguistics professor and happily married woman with three grown children, who starts to suffer from memory loss. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested. Kate Bosworth, Shane McRae, Hunter Parrish, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart co-star in the upcoming drama. The movie had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and Sony Picture Classics also gave the film a one-week qualifying run for the Oscars in December, with plans for a wider theatrical release in mid-January.
9. Black Sea, January 23
In this adventure thriller, a submarine captain trying to make good with his former employers decides to take a job with a shadowy backer to search the depths of the Black Sea. Their mission is to find a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold, but the closer they get to the prize, the riskier it becomes to trust one another. Jude Law stars as Captain Robinson, while Scoot McNairy, Karl Davies, Konstatin Khabensky, Grigoriy Dobrygin, and Tobias Menzies co-star. The movie premiered in the U.K. in early December and will make its stateside debut in early 2015.
10. The Boy Next Door, January 23
Jennifer Lopez returns to the big screen as Claire Peterson, a recently divorced woman and high school teacher who gets involved with the young man that moved in next door. After he quickly develops a dangerous obsession with her, she and the rest of her family must deal with the consequences. Ryan Guzman stars as the eponymous character of the boy next door, Noah Sandborn, while Kristen Chenoweth, John Corbett, Adam Hicks, and Lexi Atkins co-star in the psychological thriller.
11. Mortdecai, January 23
The forthcoming action comedy flick, adapted from the book anthology The Mortdecai Trilogy written by Kyril Bonfiglioli, follows debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charles Mortdecai as he traverses the globe and searches for a stolen painting that’s reportedly linked to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. At the same time, he must also evade the British MI5, his wife, and an international terrorist. Johnny Depp stars in the title role in the film, which also features Gwyneth Paltrow as Johanna Mortdecai and Ewan McGregor as Inspector Martland. Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum, Paul Bettany, and Aubrey Plaza co-star in the movie.
12. Strange Magic, January 23
The Disney animated fairy tale follows as a group of goblins, fairies, and imps meet for the first time. It also chronicles all of the confusions and conflicts that the culture clash eventually causes. Some big-name actors, including Kristin Chenoweth, Evan Rachel Wood, Peter Stormare, Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, and Sam Palladio, lend their voices to characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy, Bog King, Griselda, and more.
13. Black or White, January 30
The drama stars Kevin Costner as Elliot Anderson, a grieving widower who is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell) after the child’s African-American grandmother Rowena (Octavia Spencer) demands that she be brought under the care of her drug-addict father Reggie. Elliot must fight for the granddaughter whom he has helped raise her entire life. Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Ehle, Bill Burr, and Andre Holland co-star in the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year and will be released in the United States in early 2015.
14. Project Almanac, January 30
The sci-fi thriller chronicles the story of a group of teens who discover secret plans of a time machine and decide to construct one for themselves. Though they initially use the time machine to undo past mistakes, things quickly start to spiral out of control after they realize that changing the past has dire consequences in the future. Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D’Elia, Amy Landecker, Michelle DeFraites, Ginny Gardner, and Sam Lerner star in the movie.