- Check out classics like “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” The Wedding Singer,” and “Taxi Driver.”
- There are also great dramas like “Interview with the Vampire” and “Big Fish.”
- And if you liked “Licorice Pizza,” watch Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread.”
“300” (January 1)
Zack Snyder’s bloody and visually stunning adaptation of Frank Miller’s last 1990s comic book series is still quite a cinematic feat.
“Big Fish” (January 1)
Tim Burton’s tender fantasy drama is topped by a perfect performance by Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney. They play the younger and older versions of a man whose tall tales have entertained his family for decades. But on his deathbed, his son (Billy Crudup) comes to learn they are all true.
“Braveheart” (January 1)
Mel Gibson’s Oscar-winning epic follows Gibson as he portrays William Wallace, the 13th-century Scottish warrior who takes on the English empire.
“Girl, Interrupted” (January 1)
Angelina Jolie scored a best supporting actress Oscar for this drama that follows a group of women spending time in a psychiatric hospital.
Winona Ryder, Brittany Murphy, Jared Leto, Elisabeth Moss, and Clea DuVall also give impressive performances.
“Gremlins” (January 1)
Joe Dante’s creepy classic follows what happens when a teen is given a cute but mischievous creature before Christmas. It leads to an outlandish result that made the movie a mid-1980s classic.
“Hell or High Water” (January 1)
This modern-day Western has become an instant classic thanks to its biting screenplay from “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan. Don’t sleep on the talent of its stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges, who earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as an aging Texas Ranger.
“Interview with the Vampire” (January 1)
Anne Rice, who died in December at age 80, is one of the few authors who pulled off the successful screenplay adaptation of her own work. In 1994, director Neil Jordan took her classic vampire tale and made it a big-screen hit.
It also didn’t hurt that Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt were cast as the vampires.
“The Lost Boys” (January 1)
If you want more vampires in your life, try a more modern tale. Jason Patric plays a teen who gets caught up with the wrong crowd: a bunch of vampires led by Kiefer Sutherland. Now Corey Haim, who plays Patric’s younger brother, has to figure out how to save him.
This is another movie that prides itself on being so ’80s.
“Paranormal Activity” (January 1)
There have been a whole lot of “Paranormal Activity” movies, but nothing beats the 2007 original.
The super low-budget, found-footage thriller directed by Oren Peli has some of the best jump scares of all time.
“Taxi Driver” (January 1)
A classic among Martin Scorsese/Robert De Niro collaborations, this tale of a troubled man (De Niro) navigating 1970s New York City is downright chilling.
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (January 1)
Honestly, the “Terminator” franchise should have ended right here.
James Cameron crafted one of the best sequels of all time by turning the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) — who was beyond evil and scary in the first movie — into a character we fall in love with by the end of the second.
“The Town” (January 1)
Ben Affleck may have scored a best picture Oscar for “Argo,” but it’s this movie that is his directing masterpiece.
In the film, which Affleck also cowrote, he plays the leader of a Boston bank-robbing team who sets out for one final score… at Fenway Park.
“The Wedding Singer” (January 1)
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore turn out to be the perfect combo in this hilarious romantic comedy. Sandler plays a heartbroken wedding singer who falls for Barrymore. The only problem? She’s engaged to someone else.
“Phantom Thread” (January 6)
If you enjoyed Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, Licorice Pizza,” sit back and enjoy a very different offering.
Here, he teams with Daniel Day-Lewis to follow the life of a dressmaker whose demanding career gets interrupted by an even more driven woman (Vicky Krieps), who will go to great lengths to get his attention.