A Look at the 10 New Movies Coming Out This Week: ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘The Beekeeper,’ and More!

Mean Girls

There are 10 new movies coming out this week, including Tina Fey’s highly-anticipated musical Mean Girls, where The Plastics rule until they meet Cady and her friends.

We also get Jason Statham beating up a bunch of bad guys in The Beekeeper and LaKeith Stanfield trying to do the ultimate scam in The Book of Clarence.

Plus, Kaley Cuoco plays a character with a big secret (she’s an assassin!) in the film Role Play. She’s kept that fun fact from her husband, who is played by David Oyelowo. And then we have Kevin Hart and Gugu Mbatha-Raw playing exes trying to steal 500 million dollars in bullion on a plane in Lift.

There is truly something for everyone this week! Below is the full list of all the new movies coming out this week in theaters and streaming!

New Movies Coming Out This Week: January 8, 2024 – January 14, 2024

Mean Girls
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Mean Girls   (2024)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Summary: Mean Girls starts when new student Cady (Angourie Rice) has it made! An elite group of popular girls called ‘The Plastics’ has welcomed her into the top of the social situation at her school. The Plastics are ruled by conniving queen bee Regina (Reneé Rapp), and she isn’t someone you want to cross. However, Cady makes a major mistake by falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron (Christopher Briney), and now she finds herself in Regina’s crosshairs. Can Cady survive the wrath of The Plastics and High School?

What to Watch For: The film is based on the Broadway musical created by Tina Fey.

Word on the Street: Tina Fey and Tim Meadows reprise their characters of Ms. Norbury and Mr. Duvall from the original 2004 film.

My Take: I loved Angourie Rice as Holly March in the 2016 film The Nice Guys. 

The Beekeeper
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The Beekeeper  (2024)

Rating: R

Release Date: In theatres on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Summary: In The Beekeeper, Clay’s (Jason Statham) world is rocked when his neighbor (Phylicia Rashad) is scammed by a phishing operation, which causes her financial ruin, and she takes her own life. Clay is about to get revenge for his neighbor because they don’t know who they messed with. Clay is a former operative of a powerful and clandestine organization known as ‘Beekeepers.’

What to Watch For: The film is directed by David Ayer, known for his movies End of Watch (2012), Sabotage (2014), Suicide Squad (2016) and Bright (2017).

Word on the Street: The cast includes Minnie Driver, Josh Hutcherson, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Bobby Naderi, and Jeremy Irons.

My Take: Mr. Statham has been busy; this is his fifth film in the past year.

The Book of Clarence
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The Book of Clarence  (2023)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In theatres on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Summary: The Book of Clarence is about Clarence (LaKeith Stanfield), a hustler whose days may be numbered because he owes money to a local mobster, whom Clarence is in love with the mobster’s sister. Clarence notices his brother is doing well following a local Messiah named Jesus. Clarence claims he is also a Messiah, but soon discovers that life becomes very complicated when dealing with things like God. 

What to Watch For: The impressive cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, Alfre Woodard, Omar Sy, Teyana Taylor, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Anna Diop, and James McAvoy.

Word on the Street: The movie is from Jeymes Samuel, known for his award-winning 2021 film The Harder They Fall.

My Take: Besides writing and directing the film, Jeymes Samuel wrote most of the film’s score.

Role Play
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Role Play   (2023)

Rating: R

Release Date: Premiering on Amazon Prime on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Summary: In Role Play, Emma (Kaley Cuoco) is married to Dave (David Oyelowo), and they have a great life with two kids in the suburbs of New Jersey. Couples sometimes have a secret or two they keep from their loved ones. Emma’s secret is she is an assassin for hire and is wanted for murder…many murders.

What to Watch For: Filmmaker Thomas Vincent knows the action genre, having directed the TV series The Tunnel, Bodyguard, and Reacher.

Word on the Street: The main villain in the film is played by veteran actor Bill Nighy, known for his roles in Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter.

My Take: It will be fun seeing David Oyelowo in a fun, less serious role for once.

The Settlers
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The Settlers   (2023)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In theatres on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Summary: The Settlers takes place in Chile in 1901, when Segundo (Camilo Arancibia), a mixed-race sniper, is hired along with two foreigners to protect and reclaim the land of a vast estate. Segundo soon realizes that this job is turning into a violent hunt for the native people on the land that was once their home.

What to Watch For: The movie is Chile’s official submission for the Best International Feature Film category of the 96th Academy Awards in 2024.

Word on the Street: The film won the Un Certain Regard Award at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

My Take: I can’t wait to see this film as it has been a massive hit on the film festival circuit.

Lift Poster
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Lift  (2024)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: Premieres on Netflix on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Summary: Lift is about a master thief named Abby (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and her ex-boyfriend Cyrus (Kevin Hart), also a renowned thief, who are teaming up to steal 500 million in gold bullion. The only problem is that they must steal it while it is transported on a 777-passenger flight.

What to Watch For: The film was shot on location in London, Venice, Italy, and Northern Ireland.

Word on the Street: The cast includes Vincent D’Onofrio, Billy Magnussen, Yun Jee Kim, Úrsula Corberó, Sam Worthington, and Jean Reno.

My Take: Netflix seems high on this film as they moved it to be a tent pole film of their new year.

Inshallah a Boy
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Inshallah a Boy   (2023)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In theatres on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Summary: In Inshallah a Boy Narwal (Mouna Hawa) has just lost her husband and now has to deal with Jordan’s antiquated inheritance laws that say that the husband’s family is entitled to most of the wife’s belongings, including her house because she doesn’t have a son. Desperate, Narwal pretends to be pregnant to keep things as they are.

What to Watch For: The film was nominated for four awards at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival and won two, including the Label Europa Cinemas award. It is the first Jordanian film to win an award at Cannes.

Word on the Street: This is the directorial debut of Amjad Al Rasheed.

My Take: I look forward to seeing this film. Mouna Hawa was brilliant in the 2016 film In Between.

Self Reliance
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Self Reliance   (2023)

Rating: R

Release Date: Premiering on Hulu on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Summary: Self Reliance is about Tommy (Jake Johnson), a single guy who, right off the street, is given a chance to win a million dollars on a dark web internet program. He must stay alive for 30 days while a team of assassins try to kill him. His only way to stay alive is that they can only kill him when he is alone. Can he convince someone he just met, a woman named Maddy (Anna Kendrick), to stay with him 24 hours a day for a share of the prize?

What to Watch For: The film is written and directed by Jake Johnson.

Word on the Street: The all-star cast includes Andy Samberg, Christopher Lloyd, Wayne Brady, Natalie Morales, and basketball star Boban Marjanovic.

My Take: I am a huge fan of Jake Johnson, who I loved in the 2012 film Safety Not Guaranteed and Drinking Buddies (2013).

The Crime is Mine
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The Crime is Mine  (2023)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In select theaters on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Summary: In The Crime is Mine, Madeleine (Nadia Tereszkiewicz) is an out-of-work actress who is accused of murdering a famous producer. Her trial becomes a media sensation, and Madeleine is now portraying the role of a killer in real life that could skyrocket her career or put her behind bars.

What to Watch For: The film takes place in the 1903s. And Isabelle Huppert’s character is based on the famous theatre actress Sarah Bernhardt.

Word on the Street: Nadia Tereszkiewicz is coming off her award-winning performance in the film Forever Young.

My Take: I am a fan of Isabelle Huppert, and this film looks like a blast to watch.

Driving Madeleine
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Driving Madeleine  (2022)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In theatres on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Summary: Driving Madeleine is about Charles (Dany Boon), a cab driver having a bad day/week/year when he picks up what he thinks will be an easy fare, an old woman named Madeleine (Line Renaud). However, Madeleine is about to move to a care home, and this could be her last cab ride in Paris. Madeleine will want to make a few stops along the way. And Charles is about to learn about the rich, adventurous, and sometimes sad life she has led.

What to Watch For: Line Renaud won the Best Actress award at the 2023 Beijing International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Line Renaud is a famous French singer known for her ‘variety’ songs in her native France. She has acted in a few movies and TV shows but does not consider herself an actor.

My Take: Christian Carion, the director/co-writer of the film, is best known for his award-winning 2006 film Joyeux Noel.

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