Camana Bay Cinema will get off to a chilling start to 2019, and not because of the weather. A pair of creepy thrillers are scheduled for release on Jan 4., including director Ciaron Foy’s “Eli,” about a boy who finds himself trapped in a haunted house, and “Escape Room,” which tells the story of six strangers who are lured into a mysterious room and must survive a series of complex traps in a brutal game of life or death.
On Jan. 11, “The Basis of Sex” tells the story of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, played by Felicity Jones, and her struggle against gender discrimination.
“Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston and comedian Kevin Hart play the two main characters in “The Upside,” premiering on Jan. 18. A friendship develops between a wealthy quadriplegic man and an ex-convict who becomes his caregiver.
Also debuting on Jan. 18 is the comedy, “War with Grandpa.” Young Peter is upset he has to surrender his room to his grandfather, played by Robert De Niro, and move into the creepy attic. He then declares war on Grandpa in an attempt to reclaim his beloved room. The all-star cast also includes Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken and Jane Seymour.
The legend of King Arthur’s sword Excalibur gets a modern twist in the British fantasy adventure film, “The Kid Who Would Become King,” starting on Jan. 25. After young Alex stumbles upon the mythical sword and pulls if from a boulder, he must join forces with a band of knights and the legendary wizard Merlin when the wicked enchantress Morgana threatens the future of mankind.
The 1985 American musical, “Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird,” is the Kids Club feature on Jan. 19. When social worker Miss Finch feels that Big Bird should live in an environment with birds like himself, he is sent to live with a family of dodos in Illinois. Big Bird decides that he misses Sesame Street and begins an adventurous journey home.
The 2018 animated feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale “Peter Rabbit” about a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden shows on Jan. 26.
One of the greatest family-friendly sci-fi films of all time, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” returns to the big screen on Jan. 15 as part of the Classics at the Cinema features. A gentle alien becomes stranded on earth and is befriended by a young boy and his siblings, who try to keep his existence secret. Soon, E.T becomes ill and the government gets involved, leading to a serious situation for both the young boy and the alien. The disco era’s iconic film, “Saturday Night Fever,” shows on Feb. 5. Anxious about his future after high school, a 19-year-old Italian American from Brooklyn, played by John Travolta, tries to escape the harsh reality of his bleak family life by dominating the dance floor at the local disco.