New Video Releases – 1/3/17

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Only three films of interest this week, The Girl On The Train, Denial and Blair Witch. Scroll down for a youtube playlist of trailers.


Blair Witch
directed by Adam Wingard 
written by Simon Barrett 
starring James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, and Brandon Scott

Sequel to the Blair Witch Project, one of the most successful independent movies ever, which ignited the found footage horror genre in 1999. After finding a video showing his vanished sister, James and some friends head to the forest where she disappeared.

While made by the same team that created You’re Next and The Guest, Blair Witch was disliked by critics (35% on Rotten Tomatoes), audiences (5.1 on IMDB), and performed poorly at the box office, grossing less than 20% as much as it’s predecessor.

Personally, I found this an engaging watch, and the last half-hour was incredibly intense in a theatre.


Denial
directed by Mick Jackson
written by David Hare
starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, and Timothy Spall

When sued for libel by a Holocaust denier, writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt goes to court to prove that the Holocaust actually happened.

Denial premiered at Toronto Film Festival and had a small theatrical release. It is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.


Girl On The Train
directed by Tate Taylor
written by Erin Cressida Wilson 
starting Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, and Luke Evans 

This psychological thriller is based on the fastest-selling adult hardcover novel in history.

Rachel Watson’s life is in disarray after recently being divorced from her husband. She is also an alcoholic who frequently suffers from blackouts. She obsesses about her ex-husband and their old home, riding the train every day observing the neighbourhood. She eventually becomes wrapped up in a missing person’s case.

While the film wasn’t as successful as the book, it did quite well in theatres and got middling ratings from critics and audiences.

 

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