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5 Biggest Movies of January 2019

Which movies should be on your radar this month?

Whether you’re looking for some thought provoking sci-fi or a supernatural thriller, January has some kickass movies to get the year started!


Release date: 18 January 2019

Night Shyamalan has had a checkered track record since he helmed hits like The Sixth Sense and Signs, but with Glass he might be making returning to his best. Shyamalan’s recent movie Split and his 2000 cult classic Unbreakable will both have returning characters that will fight out a three-way battle between good and evil to conclude this trilogy. Bruce Willis (David Dunn) reprises his role from Unbreakable and in Glass,he’ll be facing off with a supernatural entity known as the Beast, with an old acquaintance from Unbreakable playing a key role in the movie’s events. If the two previous films are anything to go by, then this trilogy will have a blockbuster finish that will impress established fans and newcomers alike. Fair warning, though, seeing both previous films in the series will make Glass substantially more enjoyable.


Release date: 25 January 2019

Keanu Reeves’ futuristic thriller Replicas looks like it tackles a pretty interesting topic. Reeves plays a family-man and scientist that tries to undo a tragic event that took his family from him, but he ends up crossing several lines in his efforts to bring them back – lines that might end up ruining his life. Reeves has been enjoying a lot of success with his John Wick franchise, but it’s good to see him coming back to sci-fi projects again and hopefully Replicas continues his good form.

The Sisters Brothers

Release date: 18 January 2019

While John C. Reilly is enduring one of the early flops of 2019 with Sherlock HolmesThe Sisters Brothers might just end up as the highlight of his year. Pairing up with acting great Joaquin Phoenix, this dark comedy is played out against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush, where Reilly and Phoenix play the hitmen brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters. The plot balances equal parts drama and comedy quite well as it follows the unexpected shenanigans that the Sisters Brothers get themselves into, where the main draw of the movie is the impressive performances put in by both leading men as well as the offbeat nature of the story. 

The Mule

Release date: 18 January 2019

As the saying goes, truth is often stranger than fiction. That expression is quite apt at describing the plot of The Mule, which is based on a true story about an American war veteran that became a highly prolific drug mule for the Sinaloa Cartel. Clint Eastwood plays Earl Stone, who, after returning from Korea, becomes financially desperate and finds himself moving drugs for some not-so-nice people, and due to his age and unassuming appearance, he becomes quite adept at it. Despite his great success at this job, issues within the cartel as well as the enthusiasm of the DEA mean that his days as an effective drug mule are numbered. Impressively, Eastwood not only plays the lead but is also the director, for the first time since he helmed 2012’s Trouble with the Curve.

Final Score

Release date: Now showing

Need your routine adrenalin-pumping action movie fix? Look no further. Former wrestler Dave Bautista’s been kicking ass in multiple films lately, but in Final Score, he’s given the leading role as ex-military man Michael Knox, who’s called into action as he’s just trying to go about his day. When Russian terrorists Dimitri and Arkady Belav lock down an entire football stadium and threaten all the spectators, Knox takes it upon himself to put his skills to good use to ensure the stadium’s safety, as well as the safety of his niece who is at the game with him. Obviously, a slight body count ensues, and Bautista kicks some serious ass in the process.

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