IMDb Editors' Picks: 13 Movies and TV Shows for January

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 2 months ago

IMDb's editorial team turns a spotlight on the movies and TV shows they most want to see this month.

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Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock (2010)

"Sherlock"

For fans of "Sherlock" waiting forever for a new season has always been part of the package, and after 2 long years we will be rewarded for our waiting as we finally find out what happens when Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), Watson (Martin Freeman) finally start digging into Moriarty posthumous plots, baby Watson is added to the mix, and new villain Culverton Smith (Toby Jones) arrives to shake things up. Space these episodes out Sherlockians, after January 15, we are officially back in hiatus, and hopefully not a permanent one! — Vanessa

Premieres Sunday, Jan. 1 on PBS and BBC One

2
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in Portlandia (2011)

"Portlandia"

After six seasons, Portland is still weird, and "Portlandia" remains a TV series that blissfully doesn't take itself too seriously at all, thanks to the charming and smart riffs of real-life besties Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen. Bring on more inane comedy chaos for Season 7! Joining Carrie and Fred this season are Vanessa Bayer, Rachel Dratch, Laurie Metcalf, Andy Richter, Steve Buscemi, and Kyle MacLachlan among others. — Bret

Premieres Thursday, Jan. 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.

3
Tom Hardy in Taboo (2017)

"Taboo"

This brutal, revenge miniseries set in 19th century London teams Mad Max star Tom Hardy with "Peaky Blinders" creator Steven Knight and exec producer Ridley Scott. Based on the trailer alone, the eight-part drama looks muscular, cinematic and worth exploring. — Michael

UK Premiere: Saturday, Jan. 7, on BBC One US Premiere: Tuesday, Jan. 10, on FX

4
Doug Jones in The Bye Bye Man (2017)

The Bye Bye Man

A la Forrest Gump, horror movies are like a box of chocolates: You never know what you are going to get. I love a good scare, but I also love when horror movies are horrifically awful. I dig them in a completely different way. So whether this is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride or a cheesy mess, I am game. However, the last movie that Stacy Title directed was Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror, so I am betting on it being the latter. — Lance

Premieres Friday, Jan. 13.

5
Kerry Washington in Scandal (2012)

"Scandal"

With all the drama happening in Washington, I am looking forward to escaping to a world where Olivia Pope can fix the chaotic world of Washington D.C. In the teaser trailer, it looks like we are picking right back up at the election, so I'll be curious to see what will happen or if Hollis Doyle will make a surprise return. I just hope Papa Pope is here to stay. — Michelle

Season 6 Premiere: Thursday, Jan. 19

6
Anya Taylor-Joy in Split (2016)

Split

James McAvoy plays Kevin, a lunatic kidnapper with 23 dual personalities, in Split. Every time I watch the trailers, I get super creeped out! Even though this story line seems familiar, I’m interested to see how McAvoy’s various characters will be introduced throughout the thriller. Will there be a surprise M. Night Shyamalan plot twist? Find out Kevin’s 24th personality on January 20. — Akimi

Hits theaters Friday, Jan. 20

7
Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and Presley Smith in A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017)

"A Series of Unfortunate Events"

"A Series of Unfortunate Events" is returning to the screen once again. I wasn't a huge fan of the 2004 adaption, however, I'm a bit more optimistic this time around. I'm curious to see how Neil Patrick Harris transforms himself into the devious Count Olaf. You can start streaming all episodes on Friday the 13th of January. — Akimi

Premieres Friday, Jan. 20 on Netflix

8
Michael Keaton in The Founder (2016)

The Founder

This time of year studios drop off movies that displayed early signs of awards fever but have since been eclipsed by mightier productions (or more spendy For Your Consideration campaigns). The phrase "Michael Keaton as McDonald's founder Ray Kroc" was all some people needed to hear in order get talking about a first trip to the Oscars podium for Keaton, and it's more than enough to get me in a theater — even if The Founder's bedrock is entirely made up of Keaton's performance. — Arno

Expands nationwide on Friday, Jan. 20

9
Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, and Deepika Padukone in xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

I skipped the 2005 sequel, but now that Vin's back, I'm back. Vin Diesel action films of late have pulled together this chaotic mix of things I love: massive and outrageous stunt/fight/car chase sequences, a diverse roster of heroes (Tony Jaa, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose), and in xXx films in particular, Vin Diesel taking names in that crazy fur coat. Although it looks like xXx: Return of Xander Cage is set in the tropics, I really hope they find a way to bring that coat back... — Vanessa

Hits theaters Friday, Jan. 20

10
The Red Turtle (2016)

The Red Turtle

Strange and beautiful, this animated fable marks the first international co-production from renowned Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli and explores the unlikely friendship between a castaway on a deserted island and an enormous sea turtle. It debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section. — Michael

Opens in limited release on Friday, Jan. 20

11
Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramírez in Gold (2016)

Gold

It feels like Matthew McConaughey patiently chose his next projects after the bonkers run he had with Interstellar, "True Detective," and Dallas Buyers Club. Sure, a couple of his recent movies have stumbled, but we're interested in this particular adventure not because of its faux awards sheen — it's more about the chance to see how far McConaughey and the equally talented Edgar Ramirez detach from their hunk selves to bring this true story to life. — Arno

Expands nationwide on Friday, Jan. 27

-Arno

12
Dennis Quaid in A Dog's Purpose (2017)

A Dog's Purpose

"Dog-centered tearjerker" is not a movie genre I find myself searching very often. But good golly, this trailer had me wanting to see more -- and it wasn't just the warm, empathic voiceover (Josh Gad) for the lovable Golden Retriever (frankly, I think we are all fascinated by what animals actually think when we talk to them in our stupid pet-owner voices). Rather, this movie reminds us how dogs are more than just pets to be walked and fed and massaged; they fill crucial roles in the lives of their owners. — Bret

Hits theaters Friday, Jan. 27

13
Taraneh Alidoosti in The Salesman (2016)

The Salesman

As a fan of Asghar Farhadi's A Separation and The Past, I have been looking forward to seeing his latest film. Starring Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini (who won Best Actor for his performance at Cannes) an follows a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. A favorite on the festival circuit, The Salesman has already earned 6 wins and 13 nominations, and is on the Academy shortlist for foreign films. This is definitely a must-see for me. — Michelle

Enters limited released on Friday, Jan. 27