7 New Movies Coming Out This Week: ‘Missing,’ ‘Living,’ and More!

Missing

We have a bunch of new films coming out this week that are wide-ranging in their styles.

There are a couple of possible Oscar nomination performances from Bill Nighy and Hugh Jackman. There is a standalone sequel about a missing mother. Additionally, there is an Anna Kendrick drama about a woman in an abusive relationship. Next, there’s a directorial debut of Jesse Eisenberg. And lastly, there’s an animated film about a bounty-hunting former god from China. It’s going to be a busy week at the movie theatres!

Here is the full rundown of new movies coming out this week in theatres, as well as those releasing on the major streaming platforms.

New Movies Coming Out This Week: January 16, 2023 – January 22, 2023

Missing
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Missing  (2023)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Friday, January 20, 2023.

Summary: Missing is a film that takes place when her mother (Nia Long) disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend (Ken Leung), June (Storm Reid), stuck thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, uses everything she can to search for answers. The further June digs, the more questions she gets, and June soon learns that she never really knew her mom at all.

What to Watch For: This is a standalone sequel to the 2018 film Searching, starring John Cho.

Word on the Street: Storm Reid’s first feature film role was as Emily in the Oscar-winning 2013 film 12 Years a Slave.

My Take: I am interested to see how this ties into Searching, a film I thoroughly enjoyed.

Living
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Living  (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, January 20, 2023.

Summary: Living is set in 1950s London, where Williams (Bill Nighy) has always prided himself on his work ethic, attention to detail, and not letting anything get personal. Williams finds out some shocking news, and he explores how to better his life and help people around him.

What to Watch For: This is a remake of the classic 1952 Japanese film Ikiru directed by the legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.

Word on the Street: The National Board of Review picked the film as one of its Top Ten Independent Films of 2022.

My Take: I love that screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro pitched the movie to Bill Nighy on a cab ride the two shared after a party.

The Son
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The Son  (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, January 20, 2023.

Summary: In The Son, Peter (Hugh Jackman) and his partner Beth (Vanessa Kirby) are struggling along with a new baby when Peter’s first wife, Kate (Laura Dern), shows up with their teenage son, Nicholas (Zen McGrath). Kate has run out of ideas to help Nicholas, who suffers from depression, and the hope is that Peter can reach him. Peter hopes to be a better father than his dad and find a way to help Nicholas.

What to Watch For: The film is a sequel to the 2020 film The Father. Anthony Hopkins reprises his role in this film in a flashback sequence.

Word on the Street: The film is based on director Florian Zeller’s play of the same name.

My Take: It will be interesting to see if this role gets Hugh Jackman an Academy Award nomination.

Alice, Darling
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Alice, Darling  (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: Exclusively playing in AMC Theatres on Friday, January 20, 2023.

Summary: Alice, Darling is about a young woman (Anna Kendrick) who is in an abusive relationship that could become deadly but doesn’t want to see the warning signs. Her friends stage an intervention at a weekend getaway to make her realize she is in trouble, but her boyfriend shows up unexpectedly, which could get ugly.

What to Watch For: This is the feature-film directorial debut of actress Mary Nighy (Marie Antoinette, Tormented), the daughter of actor Bill Nighy.

Word on the Street: The film is currently at an excellent 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with over 20 film critic reviews.

My Take: I have been a fan of Anna Kendrick since her brilliant performance in the 2009 film Up in the Air.

New Gods: Yang Jian
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New Gods: Yang Jian  (2022)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Friday, January 20, 2023.

Summary: In the film New Gods: Yang Jian, Yang Jian was a once all-powerful god who, after an ugly incident with his sister where he lost some of his power, has been making a living as a bounty hunter. A woman approaches Yang Jian with a job to find and capture a young thief who has stolen something precious from her. Yang Jian’s life is about to become very complicated, as the thief is someone he knows.

What to Watch For: This is the latest entry from the New Gods universe from the Chinese Light Chaser Animation Studios. This is the 2nd installment of the series. The first film was the 2020 film New Gods: Nezha Reborn.

Word on the Street: The film won the Best Animated Feature Film at the Allywood Film Critics Association Awards.

My Take: I will be sure to check out this film as I love the animation I see from the trailer.

When You Finish Saving the World
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When You Finish Saving the World  (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, January 20, 2023.

Summary: When You Finish Saving the World is about Ziggy (Finn Wolfhard), a teen who lives for making music for his online fans. Ziggy thinks he is successful because of how many fans follow him, but his idea of happiness is about to change when he meets a fellow student named Lila (Alisha Boe), who sees something more in Ziggy. This is all the while Ziggy’s mom (Julianne Moore) tries to help a young teen (Billy Bryk) while working at a domestic abuse shelter.

What to Watch For: Actor Jesse Eisenberg wrote and directed the film.

Word on the Street: Finn Wolfhard is best known for his roles as Mike Wheeler in the hit TV series Stranger Things and Richie Tozier in the IT film series.

My Take: I am a big fan of Jesse Eisenberg’s acting career (Zombieland, The Social Network), so it will be interesting to see how he does at the helm of a film.

After Love
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After Love  (2020)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, January 20, 2023.

Summary: After, Love is set in the port town of Dover, England, where Mary (Joanna Scanlan) is grieving the loss of the love of her life, her husband, Ahmed. Going through his wallet, Mary finds an ID card belonging to a French woman, a secret Ahmed kept just twenty-one miles across the English Channel in Calais.

What to Watch For: Joanna Scanlan won Best Leading Actress at the 2022 BAFTA Awards.

Word on the Street: The film has been a tremendous hit on the film festival circuit, including awards at Cannes and Dublin.

My Take: I have heard from fellow film critics that Joanna Scanlan’s performance is magical.

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