Call it the post-holiday-season-film-release blues, but January has never been a good month for well-received movies. And now that The Walt Disney Studios have made the release of a Star Wars franchise film an annual Christmas season event, January can feel even more like a post-apocalyptic filmdom wasteland.
However, with the kind of star power that will grace the screens at Camana Bay Cinema this month, that might all change. A few films released in December will carry over into January: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” along with “Molly’s Game” starring Jessica Chastain and “The Greatest Showman,” starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum in his first “I’m-done-with-the-Wolverine” film.
Then on Jan. 12, “The Post” opens at Camana Bay Cinema. Hollywood superstars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks play Katherine Graham and Ben Bradlee, the driving figures behind the Washington Post newspaper in the early 1970s. “The Post” tell tells the story of how the newspaper took a stand for freedom of the press against the administration of U.S. President Richard Nixon and published reports on the Pentagon Papers, a massive government cover-up that had spanned decades. The film received six Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture.
The following week, a Liam Neeson action-packed thriller, “The Commuter,” opens. Neeson plays an insurance salesman whose daily train commute home turns into a life-and-death puzzle for himself and his fellow passengers.
CLASSICS AT THE CINEMA
Supplementing the current releases will be the Classics at the Cinema selections that give audiences a chance to see some of their favourite older releases on the big screen in the VIP auditorium. Tickets for these special one-time, Tuesday night showings are CI$20 each and include popcorn.
On Jan. 9, the 1988 Tom Hanks comedy, “Big” makes a return to the big screen and then on Feb. 6, Classics at the Cinema will present one of the best romcoms of all time, “When Harry met Sally.” Showtimes are 7 p.m.
CULTURE AT THE CINEMA
Professional theatre comes to Cayman with the monthly Culture at the Cinema feature at Camana Bay Cinema on Jan. 20 starting at 8 p.m.
Recorded live at The Bridge Theatre in London on Dec. 7, “Young Marx” tells the story of 32-year-old Karl Marx and his exploits in the Soho area of London in 1850. Brilliant, revolutionary and fun-loving all at the same time, “Young Marx” explores the contradictory nature of one of the 19th century’s most influential men.
Tickets for the adults-only Culture at the Cinema performances are $40 and include a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.