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.”