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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

question of the day: What movie are you most looking forward to in January?

As of this writing, 11 movies will open wide in North America in the month of January. Which means that even if you’re an active moviegoer and see a movie each week, you’ve still gotta pick and choose (and it’s even worse if you’re in a city on the arthouse circuit, but let’s not make this too complicated).

After a jump, a list of those 11 movies to whet your appetite, or not, as the case may be:
January 8
Daybreakers (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on January 6)
Leap Year (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on February 26)
Youth in Revolt (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on February 5)

January 15
The Book of Eli (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on the same day)
The Spy Next Door (trailer) (no U.K. release date has been announced)
The Lovely Bones (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on January 29)

January 22
Extraordinary Measures (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on February 26)
Legion (opens in the U.K. on March 5)
Tooth Fairy (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on May 28)

January 29
Edge of Darkness (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on the same day)
When in Rome (opens in the U.K. on April 23)

Which of these movies are you most looking forward to in January?

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  • Ide Cyan

    I might see Daybreakers, though I’m wondering whether its seriousness about vampires will work or just grate, and it doesn’t look like it has many female characters. Seriousness about vampires DOES NOT mean making it all about men. I see Claudia Karvan listed in the cast, but there are no women in the trailers.

    Legion looks awful, but in that gloriously over the top way that seems like it’d be entertaining to watch. I crack up when I see the ads on TV. (Doug Jones + CGI, meant to be scary, but completely ridiculous = big LOLs.) The Prophecy mixed with Constantine, Underworld, and maybe a dash of Dogma? With Paul Bettany shirtless a lot? And I’m wondering what the hell will Kate Walsh’s part’ll be.

  • Norm

    I’ll catch up to THE LOVELY BONES, sure, but I’m also very excited about the return of the Mel in EDGE OF DARKNESS!

  • JoshDM

    I swear I read January 22nd as “The Legion of Extraordinary Measures”.

  • hdj

    Movies I want to see
    Daybreakers, Book of Eli, and Legion

    Movies that look atrocious
    Leap Year, Youth in Revolt, Spy Next Door, and Tooth Fairy

  • Mo

    *scans list* Meh.

    I think I’ll use my Christmas movie money to catch up on Parnassus and hopefully Holmes.

  • r4

    I am heartly waiting for Iron Man 2, I have watched other parts and movie like this too. Lets wait and see it also…

  • Jurgan

    Daybreakers is the only thing on the list I was looking forward to, but then I heard it wasn’t screening for critics, so now I’m worried. And I’m looking forward to The Tooth Fairy just for the scathing reviews it will generate- take one for the team, Maryann! Otherwise, I agree with Mo- I still need to see Sherlock Holmes. I don’t usually go to movies in the first week- I avoid the big crowds, and I support the local theaters, since they get a larger share of ticket revenue when a movie’s been out for a while.

  • judy

    I think I may end up skipping all of these and catch up on some recent movies on dvd too. From the trailers I have seen the last few weeks at the movies, the ones I am looking forward to are Shutter Island and Iron Man 2.

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