What’s in Theaters 1/3

Cody Downey

Welcome to the New Year! With a new year, there comes a bounty of films to check out in theaters. Though the month of January is notorious for not having many heavy-hitting films, the holdovers from December should provide a great viewing experience for anyone who got caught up in the holidays.

The Grudge


Adding another installment to the 2000s horror series, “The Grudge” brings new and more modern scares back to screen.

Serving as both a reboot and sequel to the American series, “The Grudge” returns to the tale of the evil spirit. Following a new group of victims, this film puts a couple moving into a new home into contact with the spirit.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


Concluding a saga 40 years in the making, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” takes viewers to a galaxy far, far away for another adventure.

Following another attack from the First Order, Rey, played by Daisy Ridley; Finn, played by John Boyega; and Poe, played by Oscar Isaac must lead the Resistance in a final attack to save the galaxy from the forces of Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver.

To read our spoiler-free review of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” click here.

Jumanji: The Next Level


Continuing the unexpected hit of its predecessor, “Jumanji: The Next Level” takes viewers back inside the cursed video game once again for a new adventure.

After the events of the previous film, Spencer, played by Alex Wolff, has lost touch with the friends he made during his time stuck in Jumanji. However, the group must get back together after they discover Spencer, while trying to repair it, got trapped back in Jumanji. The gang goes back into the game, finding things are not the same. Milo’s grandfather, played by Danny DeVito, and his grandfather’s friend, played by Danny Glover accidentally get trapped in the game as well.

Read our review of “Jumanji: The Next Level” here.

Little Women


Bringing the classic novel back to screens once again, “Little Women” takes another look at the original story written by Louisa May Alcott.

Made by “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig, “Little Women” focuses on the March sisters, played by Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen as they come of age in a post-Civil War United States.

Uncut Gems


With Adam Sandler in a more dramatic role, “Uncut Gems” looks to show how both the main actor and film are no joke.

The film follows Howard Ratner, played by Sandler, a Jewish jeweler with a gambling addiction living in New York. After placing one too many bets, Ratner must find a way to balance his business and family while still trying to make it big.

Read our review of “Uncut Gems” here.

Knives Out


Pulling together an all-star cast, “Knives Out” takes a sharp new look at the murder mystery genre.

Crime novelist Harlan Thrombey, played by Christopher Plummer, invites his extended family over to celebrate his 85th birthday when he is unexpectedly murdered. Upon discovering the murder, private detective Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig, suspects that one of Thrombey’s family members committed the crime and investigates.

For our review of “Knives Out,” click here.

Frozen II


Returning to the world of Arendelle, “Frozen II” shows viewers a chilling new adventure with their favorite characters.

After hearing a mysterious group of sounds, Queen Elsa, played by Idina Menzel, accidentally awakens a group of elemental spirits that begin to cause trouble in Arendelle. Anna, played by Kristen Bell, and Elsa decide to go on another adventure to discover where the spirits came from and how to stop them.

To read our review of “Frozen II,” click here.



Bringing the iconic musical to screen, “Cats” pounces into theaters to bring a modified look at the Broadway classic.

After being abandoned by her owner, Victoria, played by Francesca Hayward, is introduced to the Jellicle tribe of cats. Through them, she is introduced to a ceremony where cats compete to be sent to the Heaviside Layer and be reincarnated.