Film Sweat: The January Film Dump

RECOMMENDED: Ladies and gents, we are in the midst of the Great January Film Dump, that annual post-award-contention time where production companies dump all of the films that they aren’t really that high on. It happens every year. You don’t believe us? Look at next week’s offerings (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Movie 43, Parker). And if you still need more evidence, check out the top earners in each January from past years (including The Green Hornet, The Book of Eli, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and Kangaroo Jack).

With that said, you haven’t got many choices this week, so why not go with Mama? It’s got the backing of Guillermo del Toro (which can be hit or miss), Golden Globe Winner Jessica Chastain, and you can get your fill of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to hold you over until Game of Thrones returns. And the reviews actually aren’t half-bad: According to Rotten Tomatoes, it’s got some pretty solid scares, but suffers from a “confusing script and contrived plot devices,” which is to say it’s a modern horror film. But really, what are your other options?

ALSO NEW IN THEATERS: Broken City, which we will just use as an excuse to link to this; The Last Stand, which features Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s not at all wanted or needed return to starring roles; and LUV, which has got Common and Dennis Haysbert (Cerrano/David Palmer), so that’s fine by us, at the AMCs in Cherry Hill, Neshaminy, and Franklin Mills.

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