January can be a tough one for movie fans. This is often the time when the studios put out the duds that they didn't know what to do with during the end of the prior year. However, it's also the time when the big studios release the movies that they put out in limited release to make the eligible for awards at the end of the year, too.
Here are the movies to see this weekend, January 10, 2014:
Her - Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Scarlett Johansson. This is one of those small movies that had a small release in select cities near the end of 2013. The buzz has been strong and many have said that Johansson, who is in the movie voice-only, should get a nomination. It's a strange story from director Spike Jonez set in the not-too-distant future where a man falls deeply in love with his computer operating system named Samantha. Critics seem very high on this one with nearly 100% of them giving this movie a positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Rated R.
Lone Survivor - Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch. This one is based on a true story about a group of Navy SEALs who got into big, big trouble while on a mission in Afghanistan. Only one of them survived to tell the tale. Wahlberg plays the titular survivor and overall the reviews for this one are positive. It is not likely to win any awards, but, generally, critics suggest that it is a decent action film that might be a little heavy-handed on the flag-waving and patriotism. Rated R.
And the movie to avoid like it might give your a horrible disease?
The Legend of Hercules - Gaia Weiss, Kellan Lutz, Roxanne McKee. According to critics this movie is poorly written, poorly acted and the special effects look like they were made in someone's garage. Generally speaking, if you want to know about the legend of Hercules you'd be better reading a translation of the original stories or checking out the Disney film. It has a dismal 3% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Rated PG-13.