It's no secret anymore than January has become a "dumping ground" for unwanted movies. These are movies that the studios have tested and are resigned to taking a loss. They often don't press screen these movies, hoping for a strong opening weekend based only on advertising and not on reviews. This January, frankly, wasn't so bad. The Book of Eli, directed by Allen and Albert Hughes, was a fairly solid genre movie, and so was the vampire movie Daybreakers. Youth in Revolt opened to mostly good reviews, though I did not see it. Andrea Arnold's very good Fish Tank also turned up in limited release this January.

But of course, there were a load of movies that ranged from duds to stinkers: Leap Year, The Spy Next Door, The Tooth Fairy, Extraordinary Measures, Legion, Edge of Darkness and When in Rome. Two dull awards-season duds opened wider in January: The Last Station and The Lovely Bones. Even some indies like Wonderful World, 44 Inch Chest and Saint John of Las Vegas looked like they were dumped. Tim Allen's directorial debut, Crazy on the Outside, captured the coveted 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. There were a lot more, many of which only opened sporadically, or in secondary markets. Maybe you saw something really awful that I didn't mention here, but I know which one is #1 on my "worst" list so far...
categories Cinematical