New Movies Coming Out In January 2023 – GameRant

From sci-fi and horror to coming-of-age, there’s something for everyone at the theaters this January.
With the start of a new year comes new movies, and January 2023 certainly has a lot to offer, both in theaters and on streaming. There are quite a few films releasing in the first month of the new year that have been long-anticipated by cinephiles, and a few others that may have flown under the radar a bit, but are still definitely worth the watch. After a couple of years of delayed theatrical releases and not being able to go see movies on the big screen, audiences are still excited to get to see the newest offerings at the movies.
January's crop boasts a wide range of subjects and genres, from robot children to alien planets to mother-child relationships to Jesus clones (yes, you read that right). The sheer variety in January's titles is a feat all on its own, and means that there will likely be something for everyone at the theater. Here are all of the biggest January 2023 releases, and a little bit about what might make each one worth checking out.
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M3GAN is a life-like doll programmed with artificial intelligence that is designed to befriend and look out for a child, taking some of the burden off of the parents. Gemma (played by Allison Williams from Get Out), a roboticist that works for the company producing M3GAN, suddenly becomes the sole caretaker of her orphaned niece, and decides to pair her niece with a M3GAN prototype. Gemma is unprepared to be a parent and also under a lot of pressure at work, and believes that utilizing M3GAN will help with those problems, as well as give her niece Cady a companion. Little does she know that this choice to bring M3GAN into their home will result in a lot of unintended consequences.
True Haunting is based on the true story of the first televised exorcism in 1971. The Becker family unknowingly buys a house that is haunted by the family that lived (and died) in the house before them. Desperate to escape the encounters, the Beckers agree to let NBC broadcast an exorcism of the house. While the broadcast is a great success, the exorcism is not…and it actually makes things much, much worse. This chilling flick hits the screens early in January, and stars Jamie Campbell Bower (Stranger Things, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) and Erin Moriarty (The Boys, Jessica Jones).
In case the real world didn't seem dystopian enough, The Devil Conspiracy has a story that combines supernatural horror elements with science gone too far. A powerful company discovers technology that allows them to clone some of the most influential figures in history. A cabal of Satanists that are behind the company manages to steal the shroud of Christ, which means that they are in possession of the DNA of Jesus. They plan to use this to clone him as the ultimate sacrifice to the devil, but the Archangel Michael comes to Earth with the intention of stopping them and saving humanity.
This film is made by the creators of Searching (2018) and poses the question of how well a person really knows those who are closest to them. June (Storm Reid) is left alone by her mother (Nia Long), who disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend. June uses whatever technology she can think of to try and find her mother while she's stuck at home in Los Angeles, but her online searching only starts to bring up more questions, and June begins to wonder if she ever really knew her mother at all. Like Searching, the film will utilize social media and technology to frame the movie itself, breaking the traditional format of how a film is presented.
This is a coming-of-age dramedy about Evelyn and Ziggy, a mother and son who just can't seem to connect with each other, no matter how hard they try. Evelyn's (Julianne Moore) goal is to help as many people going through hard times as she can, while Ziggy (Finn Wolfhard) is an aspiring internet star who seems oblivious to the larger issues in the world. The two try to find replacements for that lack of emotional bond in other people – Evelyn becomes attached to a teenage boy she meets at a women's shelter, while Ziggy falls in love with a politically-minded girl at his school, and both mother and son find that they may be much more alike than they first thought.
Fear is a psychological horror film set to come out in late January. In it, a group of friends meets at a remote and historic hotel for a weekend getaway, only for things to take a turn when the terror sets in and each person starts facing their worst fear. That's all that's known about the plot so far, but a secluded vacation spot mixed with mind games certainly sounds like a story that's going to be wonderfully terrifying.
In this thrilling action movie, pilot Brodie Torrance, played by Gerard Butler (300, Olympus Has Fallen), has to save his passengers from a freak lightning strike by making an emergency landing on a war-torn island. As it turns out, surviving the crash was only half the battle. Passengers are taken hostage by rebels and Torrance must work together with an accused murderer who was being transported by the FBI on the plane to rescue them all.
Distant is about an asteroid miner who crash-lands on an alien planet and must find his way through the hostile terrain. The problem is, he's quickly running out of oxygen and is also being pursued by the strange creatures that inhabit the planet, and the only thing keeping him going is the hope of meeting up with the one remaining survivor of the crash. Distant stars Anthony Ramos (In The Heights, Hamilton) and Naomi Scott (Aladdin, Charlie's Angels), and is billed as a sci-fi comedy, so it sounds like the film won't be as anxiety-inducing as other recent space movies.
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