By now, the cinematic calendar year has become a known commodity. The biggest Oscar contenders start to hit the big screen in September and last through January. Therefore, it's also become a constant that those same films start to get DVD releases in February. Before you start to see an onslaught of top tier DVD releases next month, here's what January has to offer:
Seven Psychopaths - 3.5 stars out of 4 (Read my full review here)
Completely out of control and insanely hilarious, Martin McDonagh's sophomore effort, Seven Psychopaths, was 2012's finest comedy. Colin Farrell stars as Marty, a struggling screenwriter desperate to develop his next movie. But when Marty's dog-napping best friend Billy (played by Sam Rockwell) becomes the target of revenge by a kidnapped dog's unstable owner (played by Woody Harrelson), Marty may find all the inspiration he needs. Outrageously funny and bizarre, Seven Psychopaths is an oddball comedy that shouldn't be missed.
Looper - 3 stars out of 4 (read my full review here)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt star in Looper, a mind-bending sci-fi film that never seizes to amaze. Focusing on elements of time travel, Looper is an action-packed and imaginative adventure. Writer and director Rian Johnson shows flashes of creative brilliance by developing a futuristic world with limitless possibilities, only to cap off the feature with an unforgettable closing sequence.
End of Watch - 7.7 rating (IMDB) and 85% critic approval (Rotten Tomatoes)
Despite the fact that I haven't seen the film, End of Watch has been praised by critics and audiences alike. Therefore, I can't wait to catch the film on DVD/On Demand myself. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena star as a pair of Los Angeles Police Officers who become matched up against a force much greater than themselves. Shot in a documentary-type-style, End of Watch has all the makings of an action-filled cop thriller. Word on the street is it's a can't miss film.