While January is usually the time we call catch up on watching the heavy hitters poised to be Oscar winners and losers, here are a few films that may be worth plopping down your 12 bucks.
The Legend of Hercules
Hard to believe those giant, heavenly pecks are real, but this isn’t the first time Kellan Lutz has played a Greek god. The divine dude gained 25 pounds to play Poseidon in 2011s Immortals and we’re thrilled he’s kept his celestial body. The Legend of Hercules opens Jan. 10.
Based on a real Navy SEAL’s true story that took place in Afghanistan in 2005, Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch recreate on screen the true courage and unfortunate horror of this failed mission. Lone Survivor opens Jan. 18.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Craving a Cold War political thriller? A fan of Tom Clancy novels? Heck, you just love vodka? Just in time for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, British Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh directs this spy thriller that stars himself, Chris Pine, Dracula’s Nonso Anozie and the sharp and sexy Keira Knightley. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens Jan. 17.
Kate Winslet is reeling from her husband’s sudden exit from their marriage. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, she meets Josh Brolin, a sexy fugitive who convinces her to let him hide from the police at her house. Though the conditions aren’t ideal, love seems to blossom between these two beautiful but broken people. Labor Day opens Jan. 31.
The Truth About Emanuel
Despite the masculine spelling of her name, Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) is a 17-year-old girl with a terrible burden. Her mother died giving birth to her, so Emanuel’s impending 18th birthday is not going to be a happy occasion. Things get totally weird, however, when she discovers her new neighbor Linda (Jessica Biel), has a very dark secret. The Truth About Emanuel opens in limited release on Jan. 10 and is also currently available on VOD and iTunes.