Top 10: Movies That Opened in January

7. “No Strings Attached”

Released: January 21, 2011

In the eternal debate on what was better – “No Strings Attached” or “Friends with Benefits” – I will always choose “No Strings Attached.” What was originally thought to be Natalie Portman’s “Norbit” on her way to claim her Oscar for “Black Swan” actually turned out to be a delightfully saucy romantic comedy. Two childhood acquaintances – Emma (Portman) and Alex (Ashton Kutcher) – begin a causal friendship that includes sex. The more they try and keep their friendship and sex life separate, the harder it is for them to deny they’re falling for each other. Portman and Kutcher have a fun chemistry together and the sun-drenched L.A.-set romance is perfect escapism. What pushes the rom com high on the list is the superb supporting cast. Stacked with Kevin Kline, Greta Gerwig, Lake Bell, Olivia Thirlby, Jake Johnson, Mindy Kaling and more, laughs come from all angles of the frame.

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  • Luke McGowan

    Taken was January? Wow

  • Rubén González

    The Silence of the Lambs was also released in January and won the Best Picture Oscar.

    • Reece

      february

      • Rubén González

        Sorry, I was confused. It was only released in New York City in Janaury, and then in the whole country in February. I guess that’s what the author means about “proper release”.

  • David Weidner

    Love City of God, but being a little older than most on the site, I can remember 1990. A one-two punch of John Dahl’s Kill Me Again, and Ron Underwood’s Tremors.