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New to Home Video: January 3rd 2017

Updated on January 4, 2017
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General Synopsis - Blair Witch

James (James Allen McCune) discovers a video online that could be a clue to the whereabouts of his sister who went missing almost 20 years ago (the original The Blair Witch Project). James and his friends then plan a camping trip in the woods where his sister, Heather, went missing in the hopes of finding her or more information about her fate. They meet up with two locals who will be acting as their guides through the woods. The group begins their journey and despite every warning, they decide to spend the night in the woods. The group soon realizes that they are not alone in the woods and that there is an evil presence in there with them. A presence that can alter space and time, and seemingly infinitely powerful. Can the group survive the never ending night with this being and will James discover the mystery of his sister’s disappearance?

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Recommendation - Blair Witch

I am getting pretty tired of found footage movies, the constant shaking POV camera drives me nuts, but I was willing to give this one a pass since it is a sequel to the movie that got the whole thing started. I liked their filming method in this one, because they strapped a camera to every character’s head. Then as one character was speaking, we were watching them from another character’s camera. I thought this worked for most of the movie, until characters started getting isolated. Then it was typical shaking and turning which I could have done without. I would have rather them have filmed this like a normal movie. The sound effects in this movie were absolutely chilling and fantastic, I definitely recommend watching this movie with the sound up! Use surround sound if available because seriously, the sound effects in this movie were some of the best utilized sound effects I’ve heard in a movie in a long time. The movie itself was pretty much an average horror movie. Characters that you don’t really care about, a plot that you don’t really care about and creepy jump scares. This movie does have some pretty intense moments and some real creepy shots so if you like your horror movies then check this one out. I do not recommend adding this to your home video collection but I do recommend renting it or streaming it if you are a big horror fan.

Oh and do yourself a favor and if you watch it, do so with as little light in the room as possible. Most of this movie takes place at night and in the dark so any glare will drive you insane.

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General Synopsis - Denial

Based on a true story; Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) is an acclaimed American writer with a focus on the holocaust. In her latest book, she calls out the credibility of a renowned historian in the U.K. named David Irving (Timothy Spall). In her book, she takes a shot at his credibility by claiming that he is a holocaust denier and that he deliberately falsifies historical facts to fit his point of view. As retaliation, David Irving accuses and sues Deborah Lipstadt of libel (which is to publish a false statement that damages someone’s reputation). Deborah Lipstadt must now travel to the U.K. to defend her publication, but she quickly discovers a huge difference between the legal processes in the United States and the United Kingdom. In the United States, the defendant is innocent until proven guilty. So it is up to the prosecutors to prove guilt. In the United Kingdom the process is flopped. It is up to the defendant to prove innocence. In this case, it is up to Deborah Lipstadt to prove that her claims were correct and that David Irving deliberately falsified historical facts to support his opinion. So Deborah Lipstadt and her defense team, consisting of Richard Rampton and Anthony Julius (Tom Wilkinson and Andrew Scott respectively), must prove what David Irving did. This ends up being a more difficult task than anticipated.

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Recommendation - Denial

For me, this was a slow but fascinating movie. Slow in the sense that not a lot happens but fascinating in the sense that it is filled with really compelling material. Having a trial set in the U.K. gave the movie a role reversal from the court room movies I am used to seeing by very simply shifting the burden of proof. I have also always been fascinated and appalled by anyone who can deny that the holocaust happened. What arguments do they make to support their case? How can they deny such a horrific and important era in our species existence? This movie explores all of this, it also portrays the weight of the holocaust and how it so deeply affects people even so many years removed from it. I will not lie; this is not an eventful movie but I do think it is a movie worth watching. I do not recommend adding this movie to your home video collection because I do not think it is a movie you will watch more than once, but I do recommend checking this movie out.

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