There won't be any reviews of new movies this week.
For whatever reason, the week the Oscars are given out is usually a slow one for new movies. Maybe people don't want their crappy flicks to be compared to the ones being feted the same weekend. I dunno.
Anyway, the only new wide releases this Friday are "Fired Up," a T&A comedy about some football jocks crashing cheerleader camp, and "Madea Goes to Jail." Sex comedies (along with horror films) rarely get screened at all. And "Madea" writer/director/star/mogul Tyler Perry hasn't allowed critics to see advance screenings of any of his films since his first one, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," which got a critical drubbing. It went on to become a hit anyway.
The previews for "Madea Goes to Jail" looked very interesting, and I put in a request for a screening, but no dice.
You can stay tuned on Friday for my predictions and Oscar picks. And of course, the Oscar countdown will continue through Sunday, when I'll be live-blogging the ceremony.