On DVD and pay-per-view January 22
First Man (PG-13) – Historical drama – Ryan Gosling is Neil Armstrong in director Damien Chazelle’s telling of NASA’s efforts to send a man to the moon and bring him back safely. Very well done.
The Hate U Give (PG-13) Drama – Black teenager (Amandla Stenberg) is forced to grow up after she witnesses a friend shot by a white cop. Based on a best-selling Young Adult novel.
In theaters 25
The Kid Who Would Be King (PG) – A bullied schoolboy finds Excalibur. He’s also got to deal with Merlin (Patrick Stewart) and Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). Could be the year’s first family-friendly sleeper.
Serenity (R) – Fishing boat captain Matthew McConaughey leads a peaceful life until his ex-wife Anne Hathaway shows up and asks him to get rid of her abusive husband.
On DVD and pay-per-view January 29
Hunter Killer (PG-13) Action – Sub captain Gerard Butler must save the world after an attempted coup in Russia. With Gary Oldman. Every bit as silly as it sounds—and if that’s your kind of popcorn, you’ll have a grand time munching your way through it.
The Wife (not rated) Drama – Professor Jonathan Pryce wins the Nobel Prize for literature. In Stockholm for the ceremony, his wife Glenn Close deals with the couple’s many issues. She’s almost a certain Oscar nominee—she’s been nominated six times already—and this just might finally be her year.