We’re two weeks into the new year and that means it’s just about time for the early birds to start falling off the resolutions wagon. Goodbye, working out six days a week. Goodbye, learning Mandarin. Goodbye, flossing.
What’s a man to do with all those extra hours?
Spend them at the cinema, of course. Here’s what we’ll be watching in the coming months.
When prima ballerina Dominika Egorova suffers a career-ending injury, she and her mother face a bleak and uncertain future. Dominika finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.
Based on the award-winning novel, Altered Carbon takes place in a future where the human mind can now be digitized and downloaded into a “cortical stack” and placed into new bodies, called sleeves. The series follows Envoy soldier Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), who is brought back to life centuries later to investigate the attempted murder of Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), the wealthiest man on Earth. As the investigation progresses, Kovacs comes to learn that his past isn’t nearly as buried as he thought.
A U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.
Based on the acclaimed Patrick Melrose series of novels written by Edward St. Aubyn, Patrick Melrose gleefully skewers the British upper class as it tracks the titular character’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse, and ultimately towards recovery and redemption. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Patrick, an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy, who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by an abusive father and a mother who tacitly condoned the behaviour. Patrick Melrose is both gripping and humorous, with a dramatic sweep that encompasses the south of France in the 1960s, debauched 1980s New York and sober Britain in the early 2000s.
Corporate empires built on lies. Scandals that stunned the world. Catch six real-life tales of greed, audacity and corruption run wild in this thrilling investigative series from the Academy Award-winning director behind Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief.
The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall
“After publishing a bestselling novel based on the death of one of his high school classmates, the controversial writer Sidney Hall (Logan Lerman) finds himself catapulted to unexpected fame and renown. His relationship with his girlfriend (Elle Fanning) begins to fall apart as the dark consequences of the book intrude on their life together, and he disappears without a trace. Nearly a decade later, an enigmatic detective searches for the missing author, whose books are connected to a string of mysterious arsons.
The Strangers: Prey at Night
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
When three parents stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) and John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters) star in Blockers, the directorial debut of Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series), and produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver.