Oscar weekend is usually light on new releases on the theory that Hollywood studios want to give everyone a last shot at the major nominees.
There are a couple studio films, which seem to further the theory that movie producers can hide bad films from critics anytime but to hide them from their industry colleagues, nothing's better than Oscar weekend.
"Snitch" is a message-heavy drama that promises to be action-packed but delays all the action until the last 30 minutes. Dwayne Johnson stars as a construction company owner who tries to act when his son is caught in a DEA sting and faces 10 years in prison. After the movie's long-winded screed against mandatory-minimum sentences, Johnson's character makes a deal with an ambitious U.S. Attorney (Susan Sarandon) to go undercover and ferret out a drug dealer (Michael K. Williams) tied to a Mexican cartel boss (Benjamin Bratt). Johnson's acting chops are wanting, and the movie's action is too little, too late.