January 2016 Film Releases

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The Forest

Release Date: January 8, 2016
Dir. Jason Zada
Prod. David S. Goyer, David Linde, Tory Metzger
Studio: Focus Features/Gramercy Pictures
Genre: Horror
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt

A young woman enters a forest to find out what happened to her missing sister only to be terrorized by the angry spirits of the dead who committed suicide there.

 

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 hours.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Michael Bay
Prod. Michael Bay and Erwin Stoff
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Action, Thriller
Based on: 13 Hours, Mitchell Zuckoff
Starring: James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Dominic Fumusa, Pablo Screiber, David Denman, Toby Stephens, Demetrius Grosse, Freddie Stroma

Based on the true story of the Benghazi attack in 2012, 13 Hours tells the story of six security team members who fought against an attack on the American diplomatic compound on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

 

Norm of the North

norm of the north.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Trevor Wall
Prod. Nicholas Atlan, ken Katsumoto, Steve Rosen, Liz Young, Mike Young
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Family
Starring: Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney, Loretta Devine, Gabriel Iglesias, Michael McElhatton, Bill Nighy

 

An animated film about a polar bear and three lemmings who end up in New York after being forced to leave their home in the Arctic.

 

Ride Along 2

Ride along 2.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Tim Story
Prod. Matt Alvarez, Larry Brezner, Ice Cube, Will Packer, J.C. Spink
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Comedy, Action
Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong, Tyrese Gibson

In this sequel to the 2014 film, Ride Along, Ben Barder and James Payton are sent to Miami to help take down Antonio Pope, a powerful drug lord.

 

The 5th Wave

Release Date: January 22, 2016
Dir. J. Blakeson
Prod. Tobey Maguire, Graham King, Matthew Plouffe, Lynn Harris
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Sci-Fi
Based on: The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber, Zackary Arthur

Based on the book of the same name, The 5th Wave follows Cassie Sullivan as she tries to save her younger brother, Sammy, before a fifth wave of alien attacks destroys what’s left of the Earth.

 

The Boy

Release Date: January 22, 2015
Dir. William Brent Bell
Prod. Matt Berenson, Roy Lee, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Jim Wedaa
Studio: STX Entertainment
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans

Starring Lauren Cohan, The Boy is the story about an American girl named Greta who becomes a nanny to a porcelain doll for a couple who lost their real son. However, as time goes on, Greta begins to suspect that the doll may not be as fake as it seems.

 

Dirty Grandpa

Release Date: January 22, 2016
Dir. Dan Mazer
Prod. Bill Block, Jason Barrett, Barry Josephson, Michael Simkin
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Robert de Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza

Zac Efron stars as Jason, a young man who is tricked into driving his grandfather (Robert De Niro) to Florida.

 

Jane Got a Gun

Jane got a gunRelease Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Gavin O’Connor
Prod. Natalie Portman, Aleen Keshishian, Zack Schiller, Mary Regency
Boies, Scott Steindorff, Scott LaStaiti, Terry Dougas
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Genre: Action, Drama
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro, Boyd Holbrook, Ewan McGregor

Despite trying to start a new life away from the Bishop Boys gang, Jane Hammond once again finds herself right in the middle of a fight after the gang attacks her husband and the only person left for her to turn to is her ex-fiancé.

 

Fifty Shades of Black

Release Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Michael Tiddes
Prod. Rick Alvarez and Marlon Wayans
Studio: Open Road Films
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk

Fifty Shades of Black is a parody film on the 2015 film, Fifty Shades of Grey.

 

The Finest Hours

Finest Hours.jpgRelease Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Craig Gillespie
Prod. Dorothy Aufiero
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Action, Drama
Based on: The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring
Sea Rescue, Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias
Starring: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, Eric Bana

The true story of the rescue mission carried out by the crews of the CG 36500 and the Yakutat after two oil tankers were destroyed and the crew stranded in 1952.

 

Kung Fu Panda 3

Release Date: January 29, 2015
Dir. Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni
Prod. Melissa Cobb
Studio: 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation
Genre: Action, Comedy
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson, J.K. Simmons

In this third installment of the Kung Fu Panda franchise sees Po learning there’s an entire secret village of pandas, including one whom he is promised to marry. With a new threat hovering over China, Po must train the other pandas to fight off their new foe.

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season whatever you may have celebrated and I know it’s only the second, but I hope you’re all having a wonderful 2016 so far!

I took a brief break from blogging for a little while at the end of the 2015, why? I got a job. Yes, unfortunately being an unpublished writer doesn’t make much (any) money, but I got a job over the Christmas season working in retail.

The best part? It’s one of my favourite stores (no it’s not a bookstore) and they’re keeping me! Apparently I did an okay job over the Christmas season because even though it’s over now they’re still keeping me on. I’m very excited about this, but I’m also very excited to get back to blogging, fanfiction writing, and novel writing!

Even though I’ll still be working, with the holidays over my hours won’t be as crazy which means I’ll have more time to write and work on blog posts and I’m incredibly excited to get back into it!

I look forward to an awesome and crazy 2016 with you all!

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September 2015 Film Releases

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A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Release Date: September 2, 2015
Dir. Ken Kwapis
Prod. Robert Redford, Bill Holderman, Chip Diggins
Studio: Broad Green Pictures
Genre: Adventure Comedy Biopic
Based on: A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
Starring: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Kristen Schaal, Nick Offerman, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Thompson

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte play two former friends who decide to hike up the Appalachian Trail, something that turns out to be less than ideal or relaxing.

Kitchen SinkKitchen Sink

Release Date: September 4, 2015
Dir. Robbie Pickering
Prod. Matthew Tolmach
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Starring: Ed Westwick, Vanessa Hudgens, Bob Odenkirk, Denis Leary, Patton Oswalt, Ian Roberts, Joan Cusack, Nicholas Braun, Keegan-Michael Key, Utkarsh Ambudkar

In this horror comedy film vampires, humans, and zombies get along. However, when a new specices arrives on scene it’s every man, vampire, and zombie for himeself.


The Transporter

The Transporter: Refueled

Release Date: September 4, 2015
Dir. Camille Delamarre
Prod. Luc Besson and Mark Gao
Studio: Relativity Media
Genre: Action, Thriller
Starring: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol
The fourth film in The Transporter series, Frank Martin is trying to live a (somewhat) normal life, but things all go downhill when he becomes a pawn in Anna’s game of vengeance.


Sleeping with other people

Sleeping with Other People

Release Date: September 11, 2015
Dir. Leslye Headland
Prod. Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Sidney Kimmel, Adam McKay
Studio: IFC Films
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Natasha Lyonne, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott

Jason Sudeikis plays a womanizer who becomes attracted to a ‘serial cheater’, Lainey, when they try to help each other sort out their relationship issues.

Goodnight Mommy

Goodnight Mommy

Release Date: September 11, 2015
Dir. Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz
Prod. Ulrich Seidl and Louis Oellerer
Genre: Horror Thriller
Starring: Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz

When a woman returns to her home in countryside after cosmetic surgery, her nine-year-old twin sons begin to doubt if she’s actually their mother.

The Perfect Guy

The Perfect Guy

Release Date: September 11, 2015
Dir. David M. Rosenthal
Prod. Tommy Oliver, Nicole Rocklin, Wendy Rhoads, Darryl Taja
Studio: Screen Gems
Genre: Thriller
Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, Tess Harper, Charles S. Dutton, Kathryn Morris, Ruthina Wesley, Holy McCallany, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Shannon Lucio

Leah Vaughn is caught between trust and fear when she starts to date Carter Duncan, only for her ex-boyfriend, Dave to show back up.


The Visit

The Visit

Release Date: September 11, 2015
Dir. M. Night Shyamalan
Prod. M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock
Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Thriller
Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould, Peter McRobbie, Benjamin Kanes

Rebecca and Tyler Jamison are staying at their grandparents house for the first time. Everything seems normal at first, until the siblings leave their room after 9:30 PM, something they were told not to do, and they discover their grandparents aren’t exactly what they seem.

Black MassBlack Mass

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Dir. Scott Cooper
Prod. Scott Cooper, John Lesher, Patrick McCormick, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Action, Drama
Based on: Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy ALliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Dick Lehr and Gerard
O’Neill
Starring: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Peter Saragaard, Dakota Johnson, Corey Stoll

Johnny Depp portrays Whitey Bulger in this film focusing on the true story of how Bulger became an FBI informant before becoming leader of an Irish-American gang.

Captive

Captive

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Dir. Jerry Jameson
Prod. Lucas Akoskin, Terry Botwick, Alex Garcia, David Oyelowo, Ken Wales, Katrine Wolfe
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Based On: An Unlikely Angel, Ashley Smith
Starring: David Oyelowo, Kate Mara, Michael K. Williams, Leonor Varela, Jesse Oyelowo, Mimi Rogers

Based on the true story of Brian Nichols who escaped from Fulton County Courthouse while he was on trial and took Ashley Smith hostage.


Everest

Everest

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Dir. Baltasar Kormákur
Prod. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Baltasar Kormákur, Nicky Kentish Barnes, Tyler Thompson, Brian Oliver
Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Adventure. Thriller
Starring: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Jake Gyllenhaal

Another movie based on real events coming out this month. Everest depicts the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster.

The Maze Runner

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Dir. Wes Ball
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action
Based on: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Rosa Salazar, Kaya Scodelario, Jacob Lofland, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, Patricia Clarkson

In this sequel to The Maze Runner, Thomas and the others are taken to The Scorch where their journey continues. They, along with some other new characters, must work together to survive this new world, all while trying to figure out what it is WCKD has in store for them.

Pawn Sacrifice

Pawn Sacrifice

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Dir. Edward Zwick
Prod. Gail Katz and Tobey Mcguire
Studio: Bleecker Street
Genre: Biography, Drama
Starring: Tobey Mcguirre, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarasgaard

Tobey Maguire plays Bobby Fischer in this true story that depicts Fischer’s challenge of the Soviet Empire.

Born to Dance

Born to Dance

Release Date: September 24, 2015
Dir. Tammy Davis
Prod. Jill Macnab, Leanne Saunders, Daniel Story
Starring: Kherington Payne, John Tui, Kelvin Taylor, Parris Goebel, Stan Walker, Tia Maipi, Alexandra Carson

Tu is a young boy from Auckland who has dreams of becoming a professional hip-hop dancer


Sicario

Sicario

Release Date: September 25, 2015
Dir. Denis Villeneuve
Prod. Basil Iwanyk, Thad Lukinbill, Edward McDonnell, Molly Smith
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Crime, Drama
Starring: Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya, Maximiliano Hernández, Jeffrey Donovan

Kate Macy is an FBI agent who has been chosen to help take down a drug lord at the US-Mexico border. The only problem is that no one really knows who this drug lord is.


before i wake

Before I Wake

Release Date: September 25, 2015
Dir. Mike Flanagan
Prod. Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, Trevor Macy
Studio: Relativity Media
Genre: Horror
Starring: Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay, Annabeth Gish, Dash Mihok

An orphaned boy’s nightmares begin to physically manifest.

The Disappointments Room

The Disappointments Room

Release Date: September 25, 2015
Dir. D.J. Caruso
Prod. Geyer Kosinski and RObbie Brenner
Studio: Relativity Media
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Starring: Kate Beckinsale and Lucas Till

A secret room in the attack unleashes unbelievable horrors in the home a mother and her son.


Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2

Release Date: September 25, 2015
Dir. Genndy Tartakovsky
Prod. Michelle Murdocca
Studio: Colombia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
Starring Voice Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Mel Brooks

In this sequel to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula, Johnny, Mavis, and the rest of them go through some interesting changes. While Johnny and Mavis go to visit Johnny’s parents in California, Dracula and the others enlist the help of Drac’s father, Vlad, to turn Johnny and Mavis’s baby into a true monster.

The Intern

The Intern

Release Date: September 25, 2015
Dir. Nancy Meyers
Prod. Suzanne Farwell and Nancy Meyers
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo

Robert De Niro plays Ben Whittaker, The Intern. Anne Hathaway plays Jules Ostin, THE CEO. The two come together in this comedy film when Hathaway’s character agrees to take on De Niro’s from a community outreach program.

Stonewall

Stonewall

Release Date: September 25, 2015
Dir. Roland Emmerich
Prod. Roland Emmerich, Michael Fossat, Marc Frydman, Carsten Lorenz
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Genre: Drama
Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Ron Perlman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joey King, Caleb Landry Jones, Matt Craven, Atticu Mitchell, mark Camacho

Stonewall centers around the Stonewall Riots that occured in 1969 and helped start New York City’s gay rights movement.

The Walk

The Walk

Release Date: September 30, 2015
Dir. Robert Zemeckis
Prod. Jack Rapke, Tom Rothman, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis
Studio: TriStar Pictures
Genre: Biographical Drama
Based on: To Reach the Clouds, Philippe Petit
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Steve Valentine, Charlotte le Bon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays high-wire artist, Philippe Petit, in this film showing the story of his attempt to cross the Twin Towers in 1974.

Alright, lots of horror movies coming out this month and lots of movies based on true stories. A lot of interesting films, September definitely seems to be a good month to go to the movies.

Also, when I originally did this post I had trailers for almost all the films, but it looked really cramped. Let me know if this is better or if you’d like to see other changes in future lists!

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