This week’s offerings include a thriller, a drama and a familiar animated comedy to hit movie theater screens.

The premise of this film revolves around Michael McCauley (Neeson), an insurance salesman, on his way daily train commute home from work. During his commute, McCauley is contacted by a stranger that offers him $100,000 if he can successfully identify a hidden passenger before the train reaches its final destination.

While attempting to discover the identity of the hidden passenger, McCauley realises he has become entangled in a deadly criminal conspiracy which could endanger the lives of everyone aboard the train.

Directed by Collet-Serra, the story and screenplay for “The Commuter” were written by Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi and Ryan Engle.

The cinematography, film editing, production design, art direction, set decoration and costume design were carried out by Paul Cameron, Nicolas De Toth, Richard Bridgland, David Weller, Tina Jones and Betsy Heimann, respectively. Further, Jill Taylor also worked on costume design.

The film, scheduled for release in the United States on 12 Jan 2018, will not hit cinema screens in the United Kingdom until a week later, 19 Jan. 2018.

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family: Henry (Bonneville), Mary (Hawkins), Jonathan (Samuel Joslin) and Judy (Madeleine Harris), has become a popular member of the local community. During the film, to earn money so that he can purchase his Aunt Lucy a gift for her 100th birthday, Paddington picks up several odd-jobs. Unfortunately, the gift is stolen.

With a screenplay co-written by the director and Simon Farnaby, the film is based on characters created by children’s book author Michael Bond.

The cinematography, film editing, production design, art direction, set decoration and costume design were carried out by Erik Wilson, Jonathan Amos / Mark Everson, Gary Williamson, Patrick Rolfe, Cathy Cosgrove and Lindy Hemming, respectively. Further to Rolfe, the art direction team included James Price, Dominic Hyman, Gareth Cousins and Andrea Borland.

Originally released in the United Kingdom on 10 Nov. 2017, the second instalment of the “Paddington” franchise is not scheduled for release in the United States until 12 Jan. 2018, a full two months later.

Working for an organised crime family based in Boston, Mary Goodwin (Henson) is a successful hitwoman. Her life is completely shifted when a professional hit goes wrong and she leaves a young boy orphaned.

With a screenplay written by Steve Antin, John Stuart Newman and Christian Swegal, the film will be released in the United States and the United Kingdom on 12 Jan and 23 March 2018, respectively.

The cinematography, film editing, production design, set decoration and costume design were carried out by Dan Laustsen, Evan Schiff, Carl Sprague, Jennifer Engel and Deborah Newhall, respectively.

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Shain E. Thomas, a contributor to the Handbook of Texas Online, is a University of North Texas graduate student majoring in Library Information Science.