Top 10: Movies That Opened in January


6. “Paddington”

Released: January 16, 2015

Everyone’s favorite marmalade-loving bear made his way to the big screen in 2015’s adaptation. Despite early stills of the titular bear seeming soulless and creepy, the final creation is a warm protagonist. Paddington Bear (Ben Whishaw) is a young Peruvian bear who travels to London after his parents are lost. He finds himself taken in by a kind family which includes a kooky Mother (Sally Hawkins) and a stern Father (Hugh Bonneville). It is not long until he is hunted by Millicent (Nicole Kidman), a zookeeper looking for her latest trophy. The colors pop throughout the production design and costumes. The film is an easy joy ride that never lets up on the whimsy. Its BAFTA nomination for screenplay may be a bit of a stretch. However, the film has its heart and its creativity in the right place. What more can you ask of a family film?

  • 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


      • 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.