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New to Home Video: January 17th 2017

Updated on January 15, 2017
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Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score
IMDb Rating
43%
52%
6.6/10
As of January 15th 2017 For current rating information go to (rottentomatoes.com) or (IMDb.com)

Synopsis - The Girl on the Train

Rachel (Emily Blunt) rides the same train to and from work every day. During her commutes, she watches the same couple everyday. The couple (Haley Bennett and Luke Evans), on the surface, have the perfect life, and it is a life that Rachel fantasizes about having. One evening, Megan (Haley Bennett) goes missing and is presumed dead. Rachel is shocked when she becomes the main suspect in the investigation, but has little recollection of the evening that Megan went missing. In the following few days, Rachel tries to remember what happened that night and uncover the truth of what happened to Megan that night and whether or not she (Rachel) was involved.

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Recommendation - The Girl on the Train

It was pretty obvious that this movie wanted to capitalize on the Gone Girl hype, but The Girl on the Train was full of issues. The first was chapter formatting, which drove me mad while watching this movie. The movie will cut to a blank screen and say things like "Rachel" , "Megan", "3 months ago", "2 weeks ago" and so on. As far as the character changes, this is something that is fine for a book but in a movie, it makes no sense. Simple scene changes (featuring different characters) is enough to let the audience know that we are now following a new character. Then there is the time change issue. Normally I am okay with a movie doing this but, please, use moderation. It became annoying and redundant. The next major issue was the main character, Rachel. This was one of the most unlikable characters and (you'll understand if/when you see this movie) she was pretty dumb.

Unfortunately I could go on all day about how much I didn't like this movie. I do not think it was garbage, but I definitely was not a fan. This was an extremely over-hyped and disappointing movie. I cannot recommend adding this movie to your home video collection and I think you will be disappointed if you rent it so if you plan on checking this movie out, please manage your expectations.

P.S. if you see or saw this movie and think I'm dead wrong, leave a comment and let me know.

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score
IMDb Rating
82%
60%
6.2/10
As of January 15th 2017 For current rating information go to (rottentomatoes.com) or (IMDb.com)

Synopsis - Ouija: Origin of Evil

In Los Angeles (1967) a widowed mother (Elizabeth Reaser) of two children, runs a scam working as a medium. She sets up mechanical devices and she (with the help of her children) tricks her customers into believing that spirits have entered the room with them. In reality, it is all fake. Until real evil finds it's way into their home when Alice's (Elizabeth Reaser) youngest daughter, Doris (Lulu Wilson), finds a Ouija board. An evil spirit possesses Doris and threatens the family. Can the family survive and remove real evil from their home?

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Recommendation - Ouija: Origin of Evil

The first Ouija movie came out a couple of years ago and was terrible. This lead me (and many others) to not care about Ouija: Origin of Evil at all. After seeing the movie, I think it is only fair for me to point out how wrong I was for not caring about this movie when it came out in theaters. I will not say it is a great horror movie, but it is decent. It has creepy imagery, an interesting family dynamic, good acting, and some decent scares. While I do not think this is a movie that is worth adding to your home video collection, I do think it is worth renting if you are a horror fan and are looking for a scary movie for a night in.

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IMDb Rating
19%
40%
5.8/10
As of January 15th 2017 For current rating information go to (rottentomatoes.com) or (IMDb.com)

Synopsis - Keeping Up with the Joneses

Jeff Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis) is a human resources representative at a successful company and lives an ordinary life in his ordinary home in an ordinary cul-de-sac with his wife Karen (Isla Fischer). Everything is normal until their new neighbors move in. Tim and Natalie Jones (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot respectively) are a seemingly perfect couple. They are in great shape, drive a fancy car and have unusually impressive talents and hobbies. While Jeff Gaffney is completely oblivious, Karen grows suspicious that everything is not as it seems when it comes to the Joneses. That is when the Gaffney's discover that the Joneses are actually spies, resulting in the Gaffney's being caught in the middle of a dangerous and top secret mission.

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Recommendation - Keeping Up with the Joneses

Keeping Up with the Joneses is lacking in fresh action and a decent plot, but Zach Galifianakis' one-line humor as well as a cast with decent chemistry makes this movie average at best. The movie would not have worked for me if it were not for Zach Galifianakis so if you do not like his humor, stay away from this movie (as I'm sure you were planning to). If you find Galifianakis funny, then this movie will be a chucklefest for you. I think if you watch the trailer for Keeping Up with the Joneses, you will have a good understanding of what to expect from this movie. I do not recommend adding this to your home video collection, but I think this is a decently amusing movie to rent if you are having a movie night at home.

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