Weekend Movie Preview: January 18, 2013

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Our newest Weekend Movie Preview finds a varied bunch of flicks landing in theaters, most notably the triumphant return of one of Hollywood's biggest action heroes.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in The Last Stand, Guillermo del Toro produces another horror thriller with Mama and Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg do battle in the political crime thriller Broken City.

The Last Stand: It's official, an action hero has returned. Schwarzenegger is back to his cinematic glory with The Last Stand. The film knows what it is and never pretends to be anything else. It is simply the story of a small town Arizona sheriff (Schwarzenegger) and how he is the only thing between a notorious drug lord escaping America to Mexico. The action hero's fellow deputies also bring their A-game, including Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville. For more, check out our The Last Stand review.

Broken City: Wahlberg and Crowe go head-to-head and only one will win as the two battle for the future of New York City. Crowe portrays a New York City Mayor who hires Wahlberg's former cop-turned-private eye to spy on his wife (Catherine Zeta Jones). What happens next is a complicated and layered political corruption thriller. As we state in our Broken City review, the film is worth the price of admission just to watch the Crowe-Wahlberg fireworks.

Mama: Oh, Mama! Guillermo del Toro's next ghost story arrives starring Jessica Chastain as a punk rock bassist who finds herself taking care of two young girls. Thing is, these little ones are her boyfriend's nieces and they have been missing for five years. Turns out, they weren't alone and that titular ghost is going wherever those girls go... and that means some serious scares for Chastain! As we report in our Mama review, it's a solid ghost story, with a few shortcomings.

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