Rakuten TV kickstarts 2019 with a host of movie highlights at the click of a button on a Smart TV.
Tom Hardy enjoys the Season of the Force at Disneyland Paris.
Lady Gaga’s tale of a singer’s rise to fame in A Star Is Born and the glossy rom-com Crazy Rich Asians are just two of the box office smash hit additions to Rakuten TV this January. They are joined by high-octaine action movies Superfly, The Predator, Mile 22 and Venom, which sees Tom Hardy take on the comic book anti-hero.
Join Academy-award winner Michael Cain, Blake Lively and Daveed Diggs for thrilling crime dramas King of Thieves, A Simple Favour and Blindspotting to keep you gripped through the cold January evenings. For comedy fans Jack Black is back in the family fantasy The House with a Clock in its Walls, Kevin Hart becomes a student again in Night School and everyone’s favourite dysfunctional British spy is trying to save the country in Johnny English Strikes Again.
Crazy Rich Asians comes to screens on January 7th. The glossy rom-com that has taken the world by storm is coming to Rakuten. The crowd pleaser that wowed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic won over critics and film fans alike.
Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother.
Also on the 7th of January Superfly. Cocaine kingpin Youngblood Priest realizes that it’s time to get out of the game after surviving a violent attack from a crazed rival. Hoping for one last score, Priest and his partner travel to Mexico to arrange a deal. The career criminal now finds himself trying to outmaneuver the cartel, two corrupt police officers and all the double-crossers that threaten his path to freedom.
The 11th of January sees The Predator released. From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. The universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biologist can prevent the end of the human race.
A day later and Mile 22 hits the screens. CIA operative James Silva leads a small but lethal paramilitary team on an urgent and dangerous mission. They must transport a foreign intelligence asset from an American embassy in Southeast Asia to an airfield for extraction — a distance of 22 miles. Silva and the soldiers soon find themselves in a race against time as the city’s military, police and street gangs close in to reclaim the asset.
January 14th sees the arrival to Rakuten TV The House with a Clock in its Walls. Ten-year-old Lewis goes to live with his oddball uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious `tick tock’ noise. He soon learns that Uncle Jonathan and his feisty neighbour, Mrs Zimmerman, are powerful practitioners of the magic arts. When Lewis accidentally awakens the dead, the town’s sleepy facade suddenly springs to life, revealing a secret and dangerous world of witches, warlocks and deadly curses.
King of Thieves also joins the line up on January 14th. A crew of retired crooks pulls off a major heist in London’s jewellery district, but what begins as a nostalgic last hurrah for the group quickly becomes a brutal nightmare when greed overtakes them.
A Simple Favour from January 17th. Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.
While on January 21st its a visit to Night School. Teddy Walker is a successful salesman whose life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, Teddy soon finds himself dealing with a group of misfit students, his former high school nemesis and a feisty teacher who doesn’t think he’s too bright.
Venom comes to the service from January 26th. Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien Venom — leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.
Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born is released to Rakuten TV on January 28th. Hotly-tipped as an Oscar contender, A Star is Born, starring one of the world’s biggest pop stars, comes to Rakuten in a streaming exclusive.
Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers — and falls in love with — struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
On the 28th January Johnny English Strikes Again. The third film in the hugely popular family entertainment series, the worlds most hapless spy is back and on another mission to save the country from disaster.
The new adventure begins when a cyberattack reveals the identities of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives headfirst into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analogue methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.
Blindspotting also arrives on the same date. Collin must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning in his Oakland, Calif., neighborhood. His bond with his volatile best friend soon gets tested when Collin sees a police officer shoot a suspect in the back during a chase through the streets. Things soon come to a head when the buddies attend a party at the upscale home of a young and wealthy tech entrepreneur.