Many big Movies come out around the holiday season, creating a bit of a lull at the turn of the calendar. But studios are trying to capitalize on an untapped time of the year (January) and create a buzzworthy start to 2017. Here is what's worth checking out in theaters this month.

5. 'A Dog's Purpose'

This family flick looks extremely corny, but sometimes, that's just what the movies need to be. The story is about a dog who reincarnates a provides value to the lives of others, learning lessons along the way. Dennis Quaid stars and the film will be released on January 27, 2017.

4. 'Split'

M. Night Shyamalan movies usually have a twist, but the twist in this film is that everything is frightening. James McAvoy plays a man who suffers from split personality disorder and can't prevent some of his personalities from creating terrifying evil. It's being deemed a thriller, but for some, this will be horror; it will be released on January 20, 2017.

3. 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage'

Two previous movies helped to build the Xander Cage franchise, which has been dormant since 2005. Vin Diesel's status as an action star continues to grow with his work in the "Fast and Furious" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" films, so the studio is hoping to capitalize with this January 20, 2017 release.

2. 'Gold'

Matthew McConaughey tends to play eccentric characters in his movies and the poster for "gold" reveals another crazy man caught up in the search for something - this time it's the ultimate wealth, gold. The film would look more favorable if it didn't have shades of "The Wolf of Wall Street," another film McConaughey appeared in.

"Gold" will be in theaters on January 27, 2017.

1. 'Hidden Figures'

The best thing the movies can provide is a positive release from everyday life. "Hidden Figures" promises to tell the remarkable story of the African-American women who broke barriers at NASA and helped America reach space, a sure pick-me-up. Starring Taraji P. Henson ("Empire"), "Hidden Figures" has already had a limited release, but will become widespread on January 6, 2017.