New Releases: February 4

The Roommate (Sony/Screen Gems, 2,534 Theaters, 93 Minutes, Rated PG-13): So, who wants to start the Single White Female references? Anyone? Show of hands!

Yes, the roommate that gets a little to close has been done before, to creepy perfection with Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh. So, that makes this one pretty much worthless, right?

Not so fast. Part of the college experience that carries with students long after you leave is who you room with. The partnerships are usually determined by the luck of the draw, with pairings determined by the flimsiest of questionnaires. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a friend for life. If not, you’ll have four years of hell.

This film takes that last quality to its creepy extreme. So, the premise that worked so well all those many years ago could do well with this new variable added. Or it could be a schlock fest.

Sanctum (Universal, 2,789 Theaters, 109 Minutes, Rated R): You hear James Cameron’s name associated with this film quite a lot. It’s in every ad, on the posters, everywhere.

Now, those Cameron fans who know that he can take up to decade in between films, so having a new film directed by him so soon after Avatar is quite unusual.

Thing is, Cameron is only producing this film. They aren’t really open with that in the ads. I wonder if anybody will be fooled by this tactic and come into this film expecting Avatar 2.

Anyway, this is story about a group of spelunkers who get trapped in a cave. They need to work together in order to get out of there alive.

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William is cursed with the shared love of comic books and of films. Luckily, this is a great time for him to be alive. His writing has been featured on Broken Frontier.com, PopMatters.com and in Comics Foundry magazine.
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