The studios have been naughty this season, and snuck too many films under the Christmas tree. As I wrote at Quartz,
Each December, the studios line up a sizable number of new releases, hoping to capitalize on the hordes of moviegoers who descend on multiplexes during the holidays. But this season, they may have pushed things too far: a dozen movies are opening in at least 500 theaters in the two weeks leading up to Christmas, up from an average of under 10 films during the same two-week period over the past decade.
It’s inevitable that a few of those films will get left out in the cold, both by audiences and Oscar voters. Bah, humbug!