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Thursday, January 13, 2011

In theaters this weekend, and "The Lamest Weekend Ever"

The first weekend of January is commonly referred to as the worst weekend for film all year. Delayed releases are pushed out of the shelves and into theaters, and the films that no one really had hope for are silently cast out. It's a dead pool of cinema. For a fair example, our only wide release so far this year has been a Nicolas Cage medieval science fiction thriller about a witch whose powers come from the Black Plague. Really? But, don't fret - the review for that is coming soon.

Yahoo! Movie News - Lamest Movie Weekend of the Year

Click above for the full article. But, most worthy of mention are the inclusions of Bride Wars, Leap Year, and Supernova. Now you know that with which we contend. January is, usually, the dead pool for filmgoers.

Last weekend, Season of the Witch was the only wide release we were given. The second weekend in, we're getting Ron Howard's lastest The Dilemma, and the Seth Rogen update of The Green Hornet. Those, and some smaller limited releases. Here's a closer look at each -

In Theaters Tomorrow -

The Green Hornet. PG-13.

Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, and Christoph Waltz of Inglorious Basterds fame, star in this update of the Bruce Lee TV series about a newspaper publisher who puts on a mask fights crime with his best friend. Early word on the film is that the hornet has no sting to it, but that it's a great way to spend time if you're hungover bored.

The Dilemma. PG-13. 

Ron Howard takes a moment out of his inspiration drama filmography to give us a romantic comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Channing Tatum, and Winona Ryder. Old hat plot, but with Howard at the helm, I'm sure it will be worth watching. A man catches his best friend's wife with another man. How Kevin James was supposed to be married to Winona Ryder, I'll never know. But, we suspend disbelief when we go to movies, right?


Also getting limited releases tomorrow -

Barney's Version - Paul Giamatti stars in a film about life, love, and the pursuit of... something; anything. He reflects on his failed marriages, his professional ups and downs, and the disappearance of his best friend.

Ong Bak 3 - The third film in the Thai Warrior series. That's reason enough to go see it.  Tony Jaa has turned the martial arts film world upside down twice before, and this film picks up right where the second one left off.

A Somewhat Gentle Man - Stellan Skarsgaard stars as a man recently released from prison after 12 years. He's given an opportunity to restart his life of crime, but must contend with his deeper desires to reconnect with his estranged sone.

*Trailers are in the titles. Click to see them.

What are you most excited to see this weekend? Tell me in the comments below!