Top Movies to See Before January


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Ouija: Origin of Evil are currently screening in theaters.

By Kristine Lindborg, Staff Writer

Living in Hawaii we might not experience the cold and depressing weather that makes us want to crawl up under a blanket to watch a movie or 10. However, going to the movie theater once in awhile is a blast no matter where you live. Here is a list of 14 upcoming movies worth seeing this fall.

1. “Ouija: Origin of Evil” (Oct. 21)

With Halloween sneaking upon us, it’s the season to watch horror movies. “Ouija: Origin of Evil” is a supernatural horror film that is currently screening in theaters. The movie takes place in Los Angeles 1967, where young Doris is overtaken by a merciless spirit after trying to contact her deceased father through an Ouija game board.

2. “Inferno” (Oct. 28.)

Based on Dan Brown’s bestselling novel with the same name as the movie, “Inferno” is the third movie in the Robert Langdon series. Langdon (played once again by Tom Hanks) wakes up with amnesia in an Italian hospital and then teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (played by Felicity Jones) to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus. 

3. “Doctor Strange” (Nov. 4)

“Doctor Strange” is about the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch). Strange must learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions in order to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other actors that plays in the movie includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, and Mads Mikkelsen.

4. “Loving” 
(Nov. 4)

Directed and written by Jeff Nichols, “Loving” is a British-American historical drama about the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court case that made interracial marriage legal. It stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who are sentenced to prison for getting married. 

5. “Trolls” (Nov. 4)

If you like animation movies, the creators of “Shrek” has created a funny and colorful world populated with overly optimistic trolls and pessimistic Bergens. The Dreamworks movie features original music from Justin Timberlake and stars Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand and many more as voice talents.

6. “Almost Christmas” (Nov. 11)

“Almost Christmas” is a comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family celebrating Thanksgiving together for the first time since their mother died. Their father has one wish only, and that is for them to get along for five days under the same roof. Some of the main characters are played by actors such as Jessie T. Usher, Gabrielle Union, Danny Glover, Nicole Ari Parker, and Omar Epps.

7. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Nov. 18)

The movie all Harry Potter fans have been waiting for is finally in theaters this November. The magical world of Harry Potter is getting revisited through a spin-off directed by David Yates, the man who directed the four final Potter films. This time, however, we will visit the magical world years before Harry Potter was even born.

8. “A Street Cat Named Bob” (Nov. 18)

Based on the international bestselling book, “A Street Cat Named Bob” is a touching story about the busker and recovering drug addict, James Brown, and how his life changed after meeting a stray cat. 

9. “Bad Santa 2” (Nov. 23)

If you liked the first movie about Willie Soke, you should head to the theaters in November to watch the sequel “Bad Santa 2.” Willie Soke (played once again by Billy Bob Thornton) teams up with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (played by Tony Cox), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.

10. “Moana” (Nov. 25)

Disney’s latest production is about the Polynesian princess Moana, who embarks on a voyage across the Pacific with her demigod BFF Maui and her pet pig Pua, in an effort to learn more about themselves and their ancestors. As the film portrays the Polynesian islands, we should all watch it when it comes out.

11. “Office Christmas Party” (Dec. 9)

 Starring actors such as Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon, Jamie Chung, and Jason Bateman, the Christmas comedy is about a branch manager who throws a legendary Christmas party in order to land a big client. However, as some of you might have guessed, the party gets way out of hand. 

12. “La La Land” (Dec. 16)

“La La Land” is a musical comedy taking place in the city of Los Angeles, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The movie is about a jazz musician who falls for an aspiring actress. Just the fact that Ryan Gosling is one of the protagonists, should be reason enough to head to the theaters in December. 

13. “Rogue one: A Star Wars Story” (Dec. 16)

First of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” is about a rogue band of resistance fighters who unite for a bold mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

14. “Passengers” (Dec. 21)

With Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as protagonists, “Passengers” is about the spaceship, Starship Avalon, traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people. However, because of a malfunction in the spaceship’s sleep chambers, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Dunn (Jennifer Lawrence) wakes up 90 years before the ship will reach its destination.