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The Month Ahead: Movies

What to read, watch and listen to in January

Two big-screen arguments against kids spending too much time in the woods

They’ll become violent. And by “violent,” we mean crossbows, head-butts and worse, with plenty of coarse talk in between. In Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner (pictured above) play the title characters, who, in this preposterous adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, have grown up to become bounty hunters with “a taste for blood … witch blood.” JAN. 25

They’ll talk to strangers. In Mama, two feral girls are taken in by their aunt and uncle. The grownups soon start noticing bizarre behavior in their wards (they are feral, after all). Turns out the girls have been communicating with the demonic spirit of their deceased mother, with unpleasant results. If Mama is anything like the short film on which it’s based, by the end you’ll be calling for yours. JAN. 18

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