January is the month of beginnings. The year starts, our commitment to resolutions starts, and new plans and dreams start. But there’s a downside to January as well. The freezing cold weather makes us want to hibernate for the whole season. Working at a temperature beyond comprehension gets a bit difficult. In this, movies can help a lot. There is nothing better than watching a movie hiding in a blanket with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate in our hands. Do you know some of the best movies ever released came out in January? Yes, that’s right, January is full of releases that ultimately won the audience’s hearts. This tells one thing, January is a month full of possibilities.
Someone made a New Year resolution in the middle of the year and got it done with a movie release in January. Isn’t it amazing? If you are planning to watch movies in January and spend the month like this, go through our list. The best way to watch all your favorite movies is either on a TV service with a large channel lineup, such as Xtream. Look at the Xtream TV channel list to see what channels are available, or stream through streaming platforms, such as Netflix.
However, here are some of the famous movies released in January. Let us dive right in.
1. Taken (January 2009)
Do you remember watching Taken for the first time? We do because it’s unforgettable. A movie that changed the trajectory of Liam Neeson’s career, Taken was released on January 30, 2009. After this, this movie saw several other parts released. Taken is a story of a revenge-driven father who has switched on his rescue mode for his young daughter.
The daughter seems to be missing when she was visiting Paris with other friends. It’s an amazing action thriller franchise that never fails to deliver the punch. And there’s Liam Neeson in it, all the more reasons to re-watch this classic action movie.
2. Split (January 2017)
When you read the name of the movie, Split, your mind is split into parts because what even is the meaning of this as a movie name? Then you watch it and realize, oh this is what it was talking about. Split released in January 2017 managed to earn $138.2 million across North America only. Before this, Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s career trajectory seemed to go the wrong side.
The movie was about a violent villain who happened to have a multiple personality disorder. This is what separated Split from others. Instead of having multiple villains, Split had the same villain with multiple personalities. Played brilliantly by James McAvoy, Split proved to be a success at the box office, among critics and the general audience as well.
3. The Silence of the Lambs (January 1991)
The Silence of the Lambs, released in January 1991, is one of the most amazing films in the genre of action, drama, horror, and thriller. The story is about a young FBI agent, Claris, who is assigned the task of questioning Dr. Hannibal Hector, a serial killer and former psychiatrist who is imprisoned in Maximum Security Isolation. Claris soon realizes that she has to question Hector in a way that another serial killer can be arrested.
This new serial killer is targeting women who happen to be a bit fat and so far has killed 7. Things change when the next target is the daughter of a Senator, Catherine. Clarice needs to question Hector in a way that she gets clear answers and authorities can save Catherine in time. Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, and Ted Levine take the lead roles to another level.
4. Kung Fu Panda 3 (January 2016)
We all love Pandas, don’t we? But we have to admit, our favorite Panda is Kung Fu Panda. Part three of this highly successful franchise came in January 2016. Luckily, the release coincided with the Chinese New Year, so you can imagine what a big hit this movie was. The earlier two releases happened in the summertime, so it was a different step to release the movie in the last week of January.
But it eventually paid off. Then, the release also coincided with the three days of President’s Day weekend. In its first weekend, the movie earned $41.3 million in North America and overall $143.5 million. It is the biggest hit in the list of January animated movie releases with others only earning up to 60 to 70 million dollars.
5. Get Out (January 2017)
If you want to watch a serious jaw-dropping horror thriller movie, just put on Get Out, you don’t need anything else. Get Out released in January 2017 is an exceptional horror thriller movie that stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, and Bradley Whitford. The plot revolves around Chis who is an African-American man, his Caucasian girlfriend Rose, and her family.
When Chris decides to visit his girlfriend’s family for the weekend, they seem normal at first. But what follows is a true horror story. We won’t spoil the story further.
All the movies released in January tell us that it might be cold this month but these movies can save us. It’s time to make plans and invite friends and family to watch these movies together. Maybe we’ll be able to better survive January with these amazing movies.