Charlie Guidance Productions, Charlie Guidance, Faliro House Productions,

Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García, Alfred Molina, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri

Jake Jardine (Theo Taplitz) is 13 years old when his grandfather dies suddenly. Jake and his parents Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle) move into his grandfather’s apartment in the city, which was left to them plus Brian’s sister. There is a lady downstairs who runs a dress shop and rented the store from Jake’s Grandfather for many years. Her son is the same age as Jake, and the two boys hit it off and become very close friends. At the urging of Brian’s sister though, they decide the rent the lady is playing is way too low and they inform her that they are going to raise the rent. As all the adults erupt into a major battle the boys are caught in the crossfire and determine to resist their parents and try to remain friends.

This is a movie that feels a lot like a play. It develops that way, and a lot of the emphasis is on the long pieces of dialog between the characters. The movie revolves around the boys, who being young teens, can’t understand why their parents are having the problems. Both the boys parents have to make them realize why there is a conflict and why it such an important issue. The boys, of course, would like everyone to just get along. But the have to come to realize that being grown up brings a lot of responsibility and a lot of problems. The cast is pretty good here, and it is a decent character study. Basically it’s a coming of age film more than anything else. That being said, the story isn’t really very good at capturing your attention, and it does develop very slowly. There’s not much excitement here, and a lot of people will probably find this film boring. If you’re not into character development and such, you might find this hard to sit through. I would think it’s not for everyone.

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New Artists Alliance, Snowfort Pictures,

Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller, Laura Covelli

Two friends, Craig Daniels (Pat Healy), a broke husband who is about to be evicted from his home, and Vince (Ethan Embry) run to each other in a bar. Craig has just lost his job and is delaying going home to face his wife. The two are exchanging stories when the meet an enormously rich couple, Colin (David Koechner) and his girlfriend Violet (Sara Paxton) who is celebrating her birthday. Colin keeps making bets with Craig and Vince to do stupid things for large amounts of cash, and they get into trying to outdo each other. Later they go home with Violet and Colin where the dares get stranger and more violent and more and more degrading. How much abuse can a person tolerate before they break?

This is a very dark movie. I mean, this could really gross out the strongest dark drama fan! There are really bad things shown here as things escalate and escalate. But though it is very far off the mainstream in terms of dark and disgusting, still it was a very interesting character study. Why would anyone do this, and what is Violet’s role in the process. She is a voyeur for the most part, but does nothing to stop it or say that it’s over the top. Is she down with it, or is she disgusted too? We don’t know. There seem to be people like Colin around, but we have no idea where he got his money to burn or why it’s so worthless to him. And what would make him want to torture somebody. But no doubt this is a story of Craig who is the main focus of the story. He wants to stop, but what is it that keeps him going? Is it only the financial problems? Or is there more behind his actions? Many of the questions won’t be answered, but if you’re up for taking on the gross and gore of cut off appendages and the like, then it is a very interesting character study and an intense movie. Just keep in mind that dark doesn’t even touch how awful the actions in this film are to watch, so beware if you’re easily offended!

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Intrepid Pictures, Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF),

Doug Jones, Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Carrie-Anne Moss, Faye Dunaway, Michael Trucco, Cleo King, Jenna Kanell, Erica Tremblay

Three college kids rent a house out in the woods at a great price to get out of the dorm. But when they find an old end table, they find scrawled in the bottom of the drawer, the words “Don’t Say It, Don’t Think It. Removing the paper in the bottom of the drawer, they find the words “The Bye Bye Man scratched into the wood. They find out that there is an evil entity who can only appear if people think or say his name, and he’s getting closer and closer. He doesn’t kill, but he causes his victims to see horrible visions and dreams which can make them appear insane or cause them to kill themselves. This new horror film is now in theaters.

This film is looking for a little love, so I’m going to give it some. As you must know by now, I am a horror fan, and I am terribly disappointed when a good concept goes bad. This film is getting scathing comments and empty theaters, but I have to admit I kind of enjoyed it. I have seen so many, many knock-off horror films, but this one is a little bit unique, although obviously it does borrow from films like Candyman and Nightmare on Elm Street. But the actors do a pretty decent job, and the film is fast moving and becomes creepy really quick. It has good sound editing, and the house is really scary in itself. No, this isn’t a fantastic movie, but it was solid and pretty scary, so I’m glad I gave it a chance. With a small role for Faye Dunaway, she added a lot to the film in her limited role. The rest of the cast is less well known, although somewhat recognizable from other roles. So it’s easy to throw hate at this movie, and I’ve seen a lot of warnings not to see it, but I am glad I went. It was a bit different and had enough jumps in it to keep me interested throughout. If you’re a horror fan, give this a try, and see if you don’t agree that it’s not really all that bad.

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Atlas Entertainment, DC Comics, DC Entertainment,

Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara

Our government is once again petrified that the next Superman that comes along may be a really bad guy who might be ready to wipe out humanity, so they figure they got to do something proactively to prepare in case a bad space alien shows up. So the plan is to put together a team of really bad folks with superpowers and keep them safely locked up and protected, but to hold something over their heads so that in case something bad happens, the will have a desire to do what is asked of them for their own greedy purposes. But when the super villains figure out that maybe they’re being used, many decide to go out on their own wreaking havoc and destruction everywhere as the rest try to contain them. What follows is an epic battle of evil vs more evil.

Each time I watch and review a movie featuring comic book characters, I mention the fact that I have never been a huge comic book/ comic book movie fan. But there have been some that have really impressed me and make me really glad I watched it. This one, however, isn’t one of those. I found this one really tedious, I’m sorry to say. But as I read other users and their comments, I figured out pretty quick that my feelings were felt by many other people as well which sort of validated my indecisiveness about this film. I was afraid it was my fault as a non-comics guy, but it’s more than that. I was bothered by Will Smith as DeadShot. He is a bit too recognizable to take on a role like that, and it bothered me all the way through that it was Will playing the part. There were a LOT of characters that are not really very recognizable, and it took a lot of effort to try to figure out all those characters and what their back story and motivation was so we could know where they were coming from. The battle scenes weren’t bad, but the feeling that I got was that it was all being done just to have something to do to fill up the time. The story did not catch me, and I was very apathetic as to whether they succeeded or not. The whole movie was just a bit chaotic for my taste and I sure got distracted all the way through. When it was over, I said, “That’s it?”, but then realized that I wasn’t playing that much attention to it. Not a great experience for me, so unless you’re a big Comic Book fan, there are many better choices that this one. Guardian of the Galaxy (which this movie obviously tried to cash in on) was a much better movie, for sure.

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This Week on DVD – 1/17/2017
Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday January 17, 2017


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