It’s a Jam-Packed January of recent releases that are debuting on two popular premium channels. With plenty of options to choose from, let’s break them down:
SATURDAY JAN. 2
“THE HIGH NOTE” (PG-13) 8pm HBO
Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross and a charming as ever Kelvin Harrison, Jr. star in this modern day music dramedy featuring some of the best original movie songs of 2020.
“DARK WATERS” (PG-13) 9pm SHOWTIME
Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins all deliver solid, effective performances in this important true story drama that pairs nicely with Ruffalo’s Oscar-winning “Spotlight”.
FRIDAY JAN. 8
“THE TRUTH” (R) 8pm SHOWTIME
Catherine Deneuve delivers a Best Actress Academy Awards nomination worthy performance in this entertaining and moving look at family dynamics within the entertainment industry. Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke co-star.
SATURDAY JAN. 9
“THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND” (R) 8pm HBO
Pete Davidson headlines Judd Apatow’s latest comedy, joined by Marisa Tomei and Bill Burr.
“HEREDITARY” (R) 9pm SHOWTIME
Watch Toni Collette in one of the most talked about roles of her career in this A24 thriller.
SATURDAY JAN. 16
“RESISTANCE” (R) 8pm SHOWTIME
Jesse Eisenberg is excellent as famed performance artist Marcel Marceau. Before his career took off, he entertained kids during WWII and saved thousands of lives.
FRIDAY JAN. 22
“EIGHTH GRADE” (R) 8pm SHOWTIME
Writer/director Bo Burnham’s genuine and real depiction of growing up features Elsie Fisher in a breakthrough, Critics Choice winning role.
SATURDAY JAN. 23
“DON’T LET GO” (R) 8pm HBO
David Oyelowo is the star of this dramatic thriller that’s getting a second chance at success with this HBO debut. It opened in theaters in Fall 2019 but didn’t make much noise.
SATURDAY JAN. 30
“BURDEN” (R) 9pm SHOWTIME
Forest Whitaker, Garrett Hedlund and Andrea Riseborough give it their all in this decent “based on a true story” small town character study.