Top 10: Movies That Opened in January

5. “Varsity Blues”

Released: January 15, 1999

In “Mean Girls,” one of the students enthusiastically claims this is Regina George’s favorite movie. While I wouldn’t go that far, there is something rambunctious and fun about the film. It’s a rousing, raunchy teen movie about a group of rebellious football players in Texas. After the star quarterback (Paul Walker) is severely injured in a game, second string quarterback Mox (James Van Der Beek) steps into the spotlight and experiences the highs and lows of being a local celebrity. The plot points are drawn almost as broad as Jon Voight’s sneering performance as the abusive coach. Still, there is something enthralling and exciting about the experiences of the wild life of a high school football star. Even among the partying, the film captures the pitfalls of this sort of fan worship. It’s not perfect, but it is enthusiastic and features some very charismatic performances.

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  • Luke McGowan

    Taken was January? Wow

  • Rubén González

    The Silence of the Lambs was also released in January and won the Best Picture Oscar.

    • Reece


      • Rubén González

        Sorry, I was confused. It was only released in New York City in Janaury, and then in the whole country in February. I guess that’s what the author means about “proper release”.

  • David Weidner

    Love City of God, but being a little older than most on the site, I can remember 1990. A one-two punch of John Dahl’s Kill Me Again, and Ron Underwood’s Tremors.