2018 is looking like it’s going to be a good year for films. Black Panther is on the way, and we can’t wait to see so much Black excellence packed into one movie. But until then, there are some movies coming out this month that look promising for all audiences. Friday, January 12 seems to be the day to release big movies, so make your plans now.
Liam Neeson is taking the lead role is what’s basically Non-Stop part two. Neeson plays an average Joe, who strikes up an eerie conversation with a stranger on public transportation. Things take a turn for the worst when Neeson gets wrapped up in the middle of a mystery that has the lives of passengers — and a lot of money — at stake. We know we’ve seen it before, and we’re still ready to see it again. If it aint broke…
Yall, Taraji P. Henson is living proof that Black don’t crack, and at age 47 she’s still ready for action. In this action-thriller, Henson plays Mary, a smooth hitwoman working in Boston for a crime family, when her plans get shifted after meeting a young boy when a hit goes wrong and leaves him orphaned. This could be the beginning of a new wave of black cinema akin to the blacksploitation era from the 1970s — more heroes of color and in leading roles, less stereotypes. I’m here for it.
It's nice to have something safe for the kids to watch on the big screen, and this month Paddington saves the day. In this sequel, the beloved bear has settled in with the Brown family, and takes up a few odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday — a pop-up book from an antique shop. When a thief steals the book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy's big celebration.
For those of us who appreciate a good patriot piece, 12 Strong may be just what we need to have some pride in our nation — and with Trump still in office, we need something to give us pride. 12 Strong depicts the story of Capt. Mitch Nelson as he leads a team of well-trained U.S. Special Forces team on a dangerous mission into Afghanistan in the wake of September 11. Things don’t go too smoothly for the team, and they find themselves outnumbered and outgunned. All-in-all, this looks to be a good option — the movie, not invading the middle east.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
In the finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.
Nick Bailey is a forward thinking journalist with a well-rounded skill set including writing, design, and photography. Nick now resides in Austin, TX after earning a degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis on journalism from Texas A&M University—Commerce.