Nothing gets a bad rap like a January release date. No, I’m not talking about the Oscar movies that play limited in December and then go to the public in January. I’m talking about the dreck. The cheap horror movie, the cheesy rom-com and the the cheap kids’ movie all meant to make a quick buck off a crummy idea. We are already seeing that happen this weekend with “Underworld: Blood Wars.” Studios tend to put out some of their bottom of the barrel films at this time so the Oscar movies have more time to play and audiences can recover after going to the movies over the holidays. Still, there is nothing wrong with a guilty pleasure. Sometimes, there are some fun hidden gems among the rubble of January.
Without further ado, check out the 10 best movies that were properly released in January.
10. “Last Holiday”
Released: January 13, 2006
There are few things more joyous than watching Queen Latifah ski. That alone is enough of a tagline to get me into a theater with low expectations and a high BAC. The actual film around that set piece is just as fun and flighty. “Last Holiday” centers around Georgia Byrd (Latifah), a mild-mannered department store worker who finds out she is terminally ill. Rather than mope, she takes her life savings and treats herself to the finest vacation in a five star European hotel. Fancy dresses are worn, friends are won and enemies are vanquished with a quick one liner. If this sounds too predictable, add in a splash of Gerard Depardieu as a crass chef who loves Georgia’s appetite. The movie may be ludicrous, but you’d be ludicrous to not fall under Queen Latifah’s spell. The less said about LL Cool J as a love interest, the better.