From Empire of Light to A Man Called Otto: What to watch in cinemas in January 2023

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22 Dec 2022, 16:53

(L) Tom Hanks in A Man Called Otto, (above) Brad Pitt in Babylon, (below) Olivia Colman in Empire of Light

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It’s a new year and with that comes shiny new movies all vying for our attention.

There are some big names hoping to catch your eye on the big screen in January, including Tom Hanks, Olivia Colman and Cate Blanchett.

With all that said, it’s time to take a look at all the movies that will be heading to cinemas near you in January 2023. 

A Man Called Otto (6th January) 

Hollywood legend Tom Hanks is set to get grumpy in his upcoming new film, A Man Called Otto.

A Man Called Otto will see the Forest Gump, Big and Castaway star playing a recently widowed, set-in-his-ways grump. The official synopsis says: “When a lively young family moves in next door, he meets his match in quick-witted and very pregnant Marisol, leading to an unlikely friendship that will turn his world upside-down.”

The film, which is an adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s novel A Man Called Ove, also features Cameron Britton from The Umbrella Academy, Fargo’s Rachel Keller and Mike Birbiglia from Orange Is the New Black. 

Till (6th January) 

The story of Emmett Till’s murder, and his mother’s fight for justice is the focus of biographical drama, Till. 

Starring Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall and Whoopi Goldberg, Till recounts how Emmett’s tragic death led to his mother’s mission to expose the racism behind the attack, as well as the brutality Emmett faced in his final moments. 

Till shows Mamie Till’s journey from grief to action, and features 27 years worth of research done by writer Kevin Beauchamp. 

Empire of Light (9th January) 

Famed director Sam Mendes is back with his latest romantic-drama, Empire of Light. 

Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward and Colin Firth star in his award-season darling, which takes place in an English coastal cinema in the 1980s. 

Olivia plays a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, but meets new employee Stephen (Micheal Ward), who is also facing troubles in the small town where he encounters daily adversity. Together, they develop a sense of belonging through the healing powers of culture and community. 

Tár (13th January)

Cate Blanchett stars as a renowned musical composer in psychological thriller Tár.

Lydia Tár (Blanchett) is considered one of the greatest living composer-conductors, but as she prepares for the release of her memoir while also juggling work and family, she also takes on one of her biggest professional challenges. 

While trying to balance all that life throws at her, there are forces Lydia is unable to control that slowly chip at her elaborate facade, and soon, her secrets and true personality come to life. 

Babylon (20th January) 

Once Upon A Time co-stars Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie team up once again for another story of cinema in Babylon. 

Babylon charts the rise and fall of several players during Hollywood’s transition from silent movies to sound films in the late 1920s, with Pitt playing a popular silent film star, known for his flamboyant parties. 

Robbie plays an actress on the rise, while Diego Calva plays her love interest, and a film assistant that has his own big screen dreams. 

The Fabelmans (27th January)

Speaking of big screen dreams, The Fabelmans charts one boy’s dreams of turning stories into movies. 

It’s loosely based on director Steven Spielberg’s adolescence and first years as a filmmaker. It focuses on Sammy, who uses the power of films to see the truth about his own dysfunctional family. 

The star-studded cast include Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogan and Judd Hirsh.

What will you be checking out in January?