Illinois Entertainer January 2014 - Page 16

A NEW SEASON HOLIDAY BUFFET By Rob Fagin Spring Breakers: Selena Gomez (far left) Vanessa Hudgens (far right) Watching the right pair of movies back-to-back can illuminate wildly different details, create a whole new viewing experience and, just maybe, totally BLOW your MIND. Plus, it’s fun! Here’s your monthly guide: If you're brave enough to risk your neck on the frozen streets of Chicago this time of year, all for the sake of seeing a movie at the multiplex, it's probably for one of two noble reasons: either to catch up on the list of Oscar nominees (to be announced Jan. 10), or to smother your frost-bitten brain with some gooey, garbage cinema. January is a notorious dumping ground for the dregs of filmdom, and this year looks to follow suit with the likes of a fifth installment in a horror franchise (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - Jan. 3), a fifth installment in a thriller franchise (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - Jan. 17), and an action/scifi monster mash-up (I, Frankenstein - Jan. 24) that may as well be the fifth installment of the Underworld franchise. Even the reliable Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult) reportedly has a stinker of a sentimental melodrama with Labor Day (1/31). To call them popcorn flicks would be an insult to popcorn. The popcorn in these flicks has fallen from the drooling mouths و[\Y