January at the Movies: Talking Animals, Haunted Houses, Cops on the Edge, and MisMatched Team-ups

Jerry Roberts is an Alabama movie critic and movie fan who believes in Birth-Movies-Death. He is the historian for armchaircinema.com, armchairoscars.com, and he has a blog at overthinkingoscar.wordpress.com.  Jerry Roberts is an Alabama movie critic and movie fan who believes in Birth-Movies-Death. He is the historian for armchaircinema.com, armchairoscars.com, and he has a blog at overthinkingoscar.wordpress.com.

When the holidays are gone, the movies carry on, and this January has a few treats to keep you warm...


Dolittle is based on the Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle children’s books and thankfully not on the godawful 1967 monstrosity starring Rex Harrison. This one stars the now Marvel-free Robert Downey Jr. as the famous veterinarian who has become a widower and walled himself up inside his home only to find that he can communicate with animals. But when Queen Victoria falls ill, the good doctor sets sail to find a cure. Opens Jan. 17 (Rated PG) 
 
The Grudge is a 2020 reboot of a 2004 remake of the 2002 Japanese horror favorite Ju-On. Got all that? The story hasn’t changed: A detective (Demián Bichir) and a frantic mother (Andrea Riseborough) discover that a suburban house is not only haunted, but it threatens those who enter with a violent death. Directed by newcomer Nicolas Pesce, the film is produced by Sam Raimi. Opens Jan. 17 (Rated R) 

 
Bad Boys for Life is the third go-around for the cop-buddy duo played by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. This one finds the boys getting along in years; Burnett has become a police inspector while Lowery is dealing with a midlife crisis. He’s been assigned as the head of AMMO, to train a group of young rookie cops. But both partners are forced to put aside their personal issues when a vicious Romanian mobster comes into down seeking retaliation for his brother whom they took down years earlier. Opens Jan. 17 (Not yet rated) 
 
Like a Boss is a colorful buddy comedy about two female friends (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) who start up a beauty company. Out of desperation, they get hooked up with a millionaire (Penelope Cruz) who starts stealing their ideas for herself. Opens Jan. 10 (Rated R) 
 
My Spy stars Dave Bautista (Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy) as a hard-as-nails intelligence officer who is supposed to surveil a family but gets stuck training a 9-year-old on how to do his job. My Spy is directed by Peter Segal, who previously directed Get Smart. Opens Jan. 10 (Rated PG-13) 

 

 

 

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