This week at the movies!!- January 12th weekend

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Looks like this weekend is primed for films that give us an insight into the lives of real people. One for the warm fuzzies, and others, well, not so much.

If you see anything new this weekend it should be the lovable tale of Beatrix Potter (Rene Zellweger) aptly titled, “Miss Potter”. Beatrix Potter authored the beloved and best-selling children’s book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. This heartwarming film has already garnered a Golden Globe Best Actress nomination for Zellweger and also stars Ewan McGregor and Emily Watson. Speaking of Children, there is the option of Arthur and the Invisibles about young Arthur (Freddie Highmore) who tries to save his Grandfathers property by finding hidden treasure in the land of the Minimoys. It combines live action with animation and includes the voices of Robert De Niro, Madonna and Snoop Dogg.

If thoughts of Madonna and Snoop put a dance in your steps there is the release of Stomp the Yard where a troubled youth from Los Angeles attends the historically black Truth University in Atlanta, Georgia. He finds solace in joining a struggling fraternity where he begins implementing his street-style dance moves in an attempt to help the step team win the coveted National Step Show Championship.

If all this seems a little too sugary clean for your thematic palette then there are other more gruesome stories of adventure opening this weekend. Not to be outdone by musical artists Madonna and Mr. Dogg, Justine Timberlake shows up in Alpha Dog. A movie based on the true events of Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) a young, sleazy, kidnapping, pot dealer. This is an interesting film in that Director Nick Cassavetes began production before TrueLove was captured by Police last year. Truelove is one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI’s most wanted list. Aww, won’t mom be proud?

Kidnapping not vicious enough? Well, leave it to Hollywood to meet your sadistic needs. “Primeval” also opens this weekend. Inspired by the most Prolific Serial Killer in history (Sorry Johnny but you have been out sleazed) Primeval follows an American News crew determined to catch this gruesome guy, who by the way is still at large. And may be sitting in the very theater you are watching this movie. Ok, probably not, but it still should be scary.

Only the second week into January and I already miss the upbeat, relaxing films of the holidays. For more reviews visit our website at and know before you go!

I’m Matt Mungle


“Matt is a member of the North Texas Film Critics Association (NTFCA) and hosts the weekly syndicated Indie Rock Radio Show Spin 180. Plus with his wife Cindy they do a weekly radio feature, The Mungles on Movies. For additional reviews and interview clips visit the website”

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