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'Les Mis', 'Django', 'Zero Dark Thirty': 5 must-watch January movies

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2013 kicks off with a slew of Oscar hopefuls arriving in cinemas to coincide with awards season. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway show off their pipes in Les Misérables, Quentin Tarantino returns with his own unique spin on the Spaghetti Western and Kathryn Bigelow details the hunt for Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty.

Digital Spy previews those and more in our five must-see movies for January below:

Gangster Squad
Release date: January 11
Why you should see it: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone lead an all-star cast in Ruben Fleischer's full-blooded crime thriller. Based on a true story, the film tracks a group of rogue LA cops as they attempt to take down vicious gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Expect an amped-up action flick in the vein of '80s classic The Untouchables.



Les Misérables
Release date: January 11
Why you should see it: Long-running musical Les Mis gets the lavish big screen treatment with Hugh Jackman taking on the role of Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe the police inspector in hot pursuit. There won't be a dry eye in the house after Anne Hathaway's rendition of 'I Dreamed a Dream' - the scene in question is probably enough to bag her a 'Best Supporting Actress' Oscar.



Django Unchained
Release date: January 18
Why you should see it: Jamie Foxx takes on the titular role of a slave out for revenge against the Mississippi plantation owner who holds his wife captive in Quentin Tarantino's latest. Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio are on scenery-chewing duties for QT, while Samuel L Jackson, Kerry Washington and Walton Goggins also get a piece of the action.



Lincoln
Release date: January 25
Why you should see it: Steven Spielberg has long had his eye on making an Abraham Lincoln biopic, and after a false start with Liam Neeson the project finally got going with Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead role. The movie pulls into focus a short but crucial period of time in the President's life, his bid to amend the constitution and abolish slavery in America. Could Lincoln give DDL his third Academy Award?



Zero Dark Thirty
Release date: January 25
Why you should see it: Kathryn Bigelow follows up The Hurt Locker with the manhunt movie to end all manhunt movies. Jessica Chastain's Maya is the driving force in the CIA's decade-long search for Osama Bin Laden. The outcome, of course, is never in question, but having seen ZD30 we can safely say that this is edge-of-your-seat stuff and the first five-star movie of 2013.



Which movies are you looking forward to seeing in January? Should we have included The Impossible, Texas Chainsaw 3D or The Last Stand? Vote and leave your comments below!
Gangster Squad15.55%
Les Misérables51.67%
Django Unchained16.42%
Lincoln6.61%
Zero Dark Thirty9.75%

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