From Oscar bets to “Mean Girls : cinema releases in January | To see SEE

Highlights of the first month of 2024 include hugely successful titles finally arriving in the country, following last year's stellar starts. Feature films that have won awards at international festivals, e.g Priscilla, Secrets of a scandal It is Past lives are gaining popularity throughout Brazil, while adventures set to music such as: Wish It is Mean Girls They promise to keep some of the rooms reserved for the whole family. Check out the list:

Wish The power of wishes
When: January 4th

In Disney Studios' latest adventure, headstrong Asha (Ariana DeBose) lives in the Rose Kingdom and dreams of meeting the mystical King Magnificent (Chris Pine), who is responsible for granting magical wishes to the common people. However, when she finally finds the idol, she discovers that nefarious corruption lies behind its appearance and decides to wish on a star to combat the villain's evil plans. The answer to the request comes in the form of an enchanting star, referencing the studio's centuriesold history known for castles, princesses and magic spells.

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When: January 4th

A little over a year after Baz Luhrman's vivid Elvis, filmmaker Sofia Coppola adapts the autobiography Elvis and Me, published in 1985 by the first lady of Graceland, Priscilla Presley. Quieter and subtler than the 2022 musical, the film follows the King of Rock's mistress from age 14, when she first met the icon, to her divorce at age 28. Chosen as the musician's lifelong companion, Priscilla (Cailee Spaeny) matures in the spotlight but feels the arduous process of becoming a symbol of femininity, more commodity than person.

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Mean Girls: The Musical
When: January 11th

The contemporary classic “Mean Girls,” which hit Broadway in 2018, translated its sharp sense of humor and powerful events into lyrics and melodies typical of New York show business. Now the cycle ends with the story's return to the cinema, where it must combine elements from both versions to find a plot that is reinvigorated and compatible with the times. This time, the person wearing Regina George's heels is pop star Renée Rapp, who has millions of followers on social media and illustrates the film's commitment to Generation Z.

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The rejected ones
When: January 11th

A strong contender for the acting trophies at the 2024 Oscars, The Rejected is, at first glance, a Christmas movie. However, the snow and the trademark props are just details of the story, a touching comingofage story set in the 1970s, when the United States lived in the shadow of the Vietnam War. At a Massachusetts boarding school, history teacher Paul Hunham (Paul Giamatti) is hated by students and colleagues for his rigidity, while young Angus Tully (Dominic Sessa) is ostracized for his rebellion. When the boy is abandoned by his mother during the winter holidays, both are forced to form a trio with the cook Mary (Da'Vine Joy Randolph) in order to survive the end of the year and create a family that is as unusual as it is touching.

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Secrets of a scandal
When: January 18th

Directed by visionary Todd Haynes acclaimed for “Carol” (2016) and “Far from Paradise” (2002), among others the melodrama “Secrets of a Scandal” tells the story of the meeting between actress Elizabeth (Natalie Portman) and A pastry chef Gracie (Julianne Moore), a seemingly conventional country woman, is haunted by the origins of her marriage: her 36yearold husband impregnated her when he was a teenager. Elizabeth devotes herself to exploring her character's psyche and creates an intense and fragile dynamic with her subject of study. However, the seriousness of the topics covered is combined with poignant satire on the entertainment industry and American sensationalism.

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Past lives
When: January 25th

One of the most critically acclaimed films of 2023 by American critics, Past Lives follows South Korean Nora (Greta Lee), who lives in New York with her American husband Arthur (John Magaro). However, twenty years after she left her homeland, her world is rocked by the arrival of Hae Sung (Teo Yoo), a childhood friend from whom she was forcibly separated. Over the course of a week, she must reevaluate the circumstances in which she grew up and reflect on the love that shaped her life.

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