Opening in Las Vegas, January 8, 2016


Now is the time for Oscar bait and the first releases of the new year, which are usually bad horror movies and romantic comedies.

The Revenant (77) is the must-see this week, as Leonard DiCaprio gets attacked by a bear and sleeps inside a horse for his art (and a probably Oscar, even if he doesn’t say much). The film is getting good if not unanimously great reviews, but I’ll see it. Stephen Witty: “That grim realism sometimes makes The Revenant about as appetizing as a three-course meal of turkey jerky — but also serious enough to remind you of classics like “Jeremiah Johnson” and “Little Big Man.” It’s a gruesome adventure story that rarely lets up.”

Garbage time brings us The Forest (37), about a Japanese forest that, true enough, has a lot of suicides. Natalie Dormer, who has been in a lot of popular things, like The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, finally gets a starring role.  David Ehrlich: “The only question worth asking about an early January horror movie is if its inevitable badness is at all interesting.”

Wow, a movie that combines religion and wrestling. The Masked Saint (tbd) does just that, as a wrestler becomes a pastor. Again my question is, as wonderful as many Christians are, why can’t they make good movies? Peter Sobczynski: “Although nowhere near as obnoxious as such recent faith-based offerings as “God’s Not Dead” and “Do You Believe?,” The Masked Saint is still kind of a chore to sit through, even for those predisposed to like anything that brings together Christian faith and sleeper holds.”


About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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