Movies That Rocked January

In case you missed them, here are the movies that rocked January:

Fifty Shades of Black


An inexperienced college student meets a wealthy businessman whose sexual practices put a strain on their relationship. This spoof from the Wayans Brothers parodies the ultra-popular novel/film series Fifty Shades of Grey.

Rating: R (for strong crude sexual content including some graphic nudity, and for language throughout)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Michael Tiddes
Written By: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
Runtime: 1 hr. 33 min.

Open Road Films – Official Site


The Finest Hours

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The movie is about Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’ book detailing a daring 1952 Coast Guard rescue off the New England seaboard comes to the screen in this Disney film produced by Jim Whitaker (Take Me Home Tonight, The Odd Life of Timothy Green). James Tamasy and Eric Johnson team to pen the screenplay. ~ Jason Buchanan

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of peril)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure,Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Craig Gillespie
Written By: Eric Johnson, Paul Tamasy,Scott Silver
Runtime: 1 hr. 57 min.

Walt Disney Pictures – Official Site


 Kung Fu Panda 3


In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas! (C) Fox

Rating: PG (for martial arts action and some mild rude humor)
Genre: Animation
Directed By: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Written By: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min.

DreamWorks Animation – Official Site


Jane Got A Gun

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Natalie Portman stars in this western concerning a woman who has to defend her home against a group of outlaws. Gavin O’Connor handles directing duties, with Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton co-starring.  Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Rating: R (for violence and some language)
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: Gavin O’Connor
Written By: Anthony Tambakis, Joel Edgerton, Brian Duffield
Runtime: 1 hr. 37 min.

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Ride Along 2


Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the returning lineup of Ride Along 2, the sequel to the blockbuster action-comedy that gave us the year’s most popular comedy duo. Joining Hart and Cube for the next chapter of the series are director Tim Story, as well as Cube’s fellow producers-Will Packer, Matt Alvarez and Larry Brezner-who will produce alongside Cube.more

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of violence, sexual content, language and some drug material)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Tim Story
Written By: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Runtime: 1 hr. 42 min.

Universal Pictures – Official Site


The Forest


Against the backdrop of Japan’s Aokigahara forest, where people go to end their lives, an American woman braves the mysterious, uncharted terrain to search for her missing sister.

Rating: PG-13 (for disturbing thematic content and images)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By: Jason Zada
Written By: Sarah Cornwell, Nick Antosca,Ben Ketai
US Box Office: $25.0M
Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min.

Gramercy Pictures


13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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Based on the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.

Rating: R (for strong combat violence throughout, bloody images, and language.)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: Michael Bay
Written By: Mitchell Zuckoff, Chuck Hogan
Runtime: 2 hr. 24 min.

Paramount Pictures – Official Site


Norm of the North

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A polar bear of many words, Norm’s greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do…he heads to New York City to stop it. With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day. — (C) Lionsgatemore

Rating: PG (for mild rude humor and action)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation,Comedy
Directed By: Trevor Wall
Written By: Jack Donaldson, Derek Elliott,Malcolm T. Goldman, Daniel Altiere, Steven Altiere
US Box Office: $14.0M
Runtime: 1 hr. 26 min.

Lionsgate – Official Site


 Dirty Grandpa

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Jason Kelly [Zac Efron] is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, “dirty” Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had.more

Rating: R (for crude sexual content throughout, graphic nudity, and for language and drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Dan Mazer
Written By: John Phillips
US Box Office: $11.1M
Runtime: 1 hr. 42 min.

Lionsgate Films


The Boy


The Boy is a frightening thrill ride directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”). Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.more

Rating: PG-13 (for violence and terror, and for some thematic material)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By: William Brent Bell
Written By: Stacey Menear
US Box Office: $10.8M
Runtime: 1 hr. 37 min.

STX Entertainment – Official Site


The 5th Wave


16-year-old Cassie Sullivan tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age.more

Rating: PG-13 (for violence and destruction, some sci-fi thematic elements, language and brief teen partying)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: J Blakeson
Written By: Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner
US Box Office: $10.3M
Runtime: 1 hr. 52 min.

Sony Pictures – Official Site