New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with their five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. The Witch is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey to an inescapable evil.
Easily one of the best indie horror surprises of the last year. Infinitely creepy and a remarkable effort all around, especially from a first time director in Robert Eggers. Every performance here makes this an absolutely worthy entry into your film library. It isn’t your typical horror film. If you’re really into the idea of seeing something you’ve no doubt seen dozens if not hundreds of times already, this might not be for you, but if you’re feeling a little adventurous, this creepy jolt to your system could be the film you didn’t know you were looking for. BUY IT
Manhunter: Collector’s Edition
Former FBI profiler Will Graham (William Petersen, To Live And Die In L.A., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) reluctantly returns to his old job to track a horrific serial killer known as “The Tooth Fairy.” But in order to get into the mind of this maniac, Graham must face another: Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox, X-Men 2, Red), the imprisoned psychiatrist whose own insanity almost cost Graham his life… and whose insights into “The Tooth Fairy” could prove as dangerous as the killer himself.
By now, seeing that iconic cover art, you’ve no doubt surmised that this is a Scream Factory release and what that means is that this is a fantastic release chock full of amazing supplemental features, and this release even includes a second cut of the film. If you’ve never seen this movie and have faith in Scream Factory releases, this is worth a pickup. Especially if you’ve never seen this movie but really like the character of Hannibal Lecter. This is where the character got his start, and it’s just a plain awesome movie. BUY IT
The Finest Hours
Based on the extraordinary trust story of the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history, The Finest Hours is a tale of courage, loyalty and honor in the face of overwhelming odds. When a massive storm strikes off the coast of Cape Cod, it rips a T-2 oil tanker in half, trapping more than 30 sailors on its rapidly sinking stern. As Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) and his crew set out in a 12-seat rescue boat to save them, Chief Engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) struggles to buy his men more time.
Really solid action drama with some pretty good performances. It’s a Disney release so there won’t be any crossing of any lines danger wise or gruesome violence, but if you want something that’s got heart, and like the added drama of being based on a true story, this isn’t a bad way to go. QUEUE THIS
Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Casey Affleck, and Kate Winslet lead an all-star cast in an explosive, action-packed thriller critics call “a twisty, terrific ride” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). A bank robbery is just the tip of the iceberg when two cops in Atlanta start suspecting members of their own team are involved. Not knowing who to trust and how deep the corruption goes, time is ticking for them to uncover the truth – before they become the target for the next deadly job.
In this Avengers prequel starring Falcon & Black Panther, oh wait, never mind, this is actually a pretty solid crooked cop drama. It doesn’t offer much in the way of originality, but with this kind of cast, it delivers in more ways than one. With a cast this great, it would have been amazing to see some supplemental features that showed how a film like this got made with so many great moving parts, but there are only a few deleted scenes. Still worth a watch. QUEUE THIS
The incredible true story of Olympic legend Jesse Owens is vividly brought to life in Race. In his epic quest to be the greatest athlete in history, Owens (Stephan James, Selma) chooses to compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he must overcome not only elite competition, but also the brutal racial climate of Adolf Hitler’s Germany.
It’s a shame that an iconic subject as Jesse Owens was, and what he went through, this wasn’t a better movie. Somewhere along the line the ball was dropped and this just isn’t nearly as interesting as it should have, and could have been. Jason Sudeikis turns in a great performance though. Still, it isn’t egregiously bad, just isn’t as compelling as it needed to be. QUEUE IT