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Upcoming Releases in January, 2024

Here are some trailers for a selection of films that will be opening in January:

Night Swim

No running. No diving. No lifeguard on duty. No swimming after dark.

Based on the acclaimed 2014 short film by Rod Blackhurst and Bryce McGuire, the film stars Wyatt Russell (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier). Directed by McGuire, produced by James Wan and Jason Blum and executive produced by Michael Clear and Judson Scott for Wan's Atomic Monster and by Ryan Turek for Blum's Blumhouse. In theaters January 5.

The Beekeeper

Anybody who's seen Jason Statham in action in any of the huge number of movies he's appeared in over the past 20 years or so knows what to expect in the latest intense action film. Directed by David Ayer, The Beekeeper stars Jason Statham, Minnie Driver, Josh Hutcherson, Jeremy Irons, and Emmy Raver-Lampman. The Beekeeper will be in theaters Janaury 12.

The Book of Clarence

Written and directed by Jeymes Samuel, the main character is a barbarian seeking a better life who trys to imitate Jesus towards that end. It's a quirky plot, but may prove to be quite amusing. The film stars Samuel, along with Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, James McAvoy, LaKeith Stanfield, Omar Sy, and Alfre Woodard. In theaters January 12.

Miller's Girl

From the trailer notes: A talented young writer (Jenna Ortega) embarks on a creative odyssey when her teacher (Martin Freeman) assigns a project that entangles them both in an increasingly complex web. As lines blur and their lives intertwine, professor and protege must confront their darkest selves while straining to preserve their individual sense of purpose and the things they hold most dear.

Starring Martin Freeman, Jenna Ortega, Dagmara Dominczyk, Bashir Salahuddin, and Gideon Adlon. In theaters January 26.

Off the Beaten Path

Serious film enthusiasts may want to pay attention to the films released by indie distributors (the ones smaller than A24) and the schedules of the art house theaters in the U.S. These organizations pride themselves on showcasing smaller, unknown films and are where the films are first discovered in addition to major festivals like Cannes, Berlin, TIFF, etc.

The arthouses have their share of "mainstream" arthouse movies like Parasite, an A24 title, or even something like Tenet (almost always exclusively on a special format like 70mm!) but their bread and butter are the small films few hear about. They also have robust repertory programs so you can discover both old and new films alike.

Obviously, there are similar types of organizations in other countries but U.S.-based film programmers should be familiar with these. A selection of art houses/film organizations:

Here are some distributors focused on art house films. Note that some of these are tiny and their films are even tinier (as in box office appeal), though are often critically acclaimed:

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