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New to Home Video: October 25th 2016

Updated on October 25, 2016
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Lights Out

This is a refreshing must see for any horror fan. I would say this is my 2nd favorite horror movie of the year right behind Don't Breathe. However this is at no fault of Lights Out; I liked this movie a lot.

Lights Out is a step away from the typical horror movie of the past several years. There's no child possession, no local priest called, and no exorcism. This movie focuses on the children of a woman (Maria Bello) who is haunted by a spirit that hides in the shadows. The oldest of these children (Teresa Palmer) comes back home to help her little brother once she discovers that the shadow spirit is back. I really liked the relationship between these two, because while the brother was far younger, both take their turn helping each other.

Lights Out really plays on the intensity of turning off the lights, seeing a shadowy figure, turning the lights back on, the figure is gone, turn the lights off and the figure is closer. Each time the characters turn the lights on and off it plays with the suspense and you'll be on the edge of your seat.

My thoughts going into this movie was that this could be a gimmick that would get old and once the characters figure it out they'll just leave the lights on. Lights Out surpassed my expectations by addressing the fact that EVENTUALLY the lights won't be on. Additionally this shadowy spirit can seemingly make light bulbs flicker out leaving the characters helpless.

This movie is freakishly suspenseful and creepy. If you are looking for a good horror movie to watch this Halloween, I very strongly recommend picking this up and adding it to your home video collection.

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Nerve

Video game meets a mobile app meets a movie. In Nerve, a mobile app (or game) has come out that is essentially truth or dare, but it focuses more on dare. The game has infested society like Pokemon Go, and our main character (Emma Roberts) decides she wants to play.

When you start the game you decide whether or not you want to play or be a "watcher". A watcher basically gets notified when a player is nearby. They then think of a date for the player. Emma Roberts comes across Dave Franco (another player) and the two go on a crazy adventure.

Now that I've explained the synopsis of the movie I can get into the review. I will say I expected this movie to be awful and it wasn't nearly as terrible as I thought it would be. Though I also wouldn't call it a good movie. Instead I think it was a very average movie. It's kind of a mindless watch and may be good as a background movie more than anything else.

The story isn't a great one, the acting is ok at best, and there's quite a bit of action throughout. It feels more like a young adult movie, but with the recent Pokémon Go outbreak, I can see older generations being able to poke fun at and criticize this movie. Emma Roberts and Dave Franco have decent chemistry and they both seem to be enjoying themselves in this movie. I just think that Nerve is for a very specific audience and I am not part of that audience.

To sum up, this is not a great movie by any means. It is very average so if the premise doesn't really intrigue you, I'd steer clear of this one. If you are interested, I recommend that this is a one-time watch or rent and do not recommend adding it to your home video collection.

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Mr. Church

This is Eddie Murphy's attempt at an oscar, and a valid one at that. Eddie Murphy is absolutely fantastic in this movie. I haven't seen him in a movie in a long time and would like to see a new non-Shrek comedy, but I can't argue a dramatic appearance.

Mr. Church is about a single mother with cancer who hires a cook (Mr. Church) to help her and her daughter in the mother's last few months. While the mother'a sickness was only expected to last a few months, she actually lives for over 6 years. The daughter (Charlie) and Mr. Church have developed a familial bond as Mr. Church looks after her long after the mother has passed.

I'll say it again, I think Eddie Murphy deserves Oscar recognition for this movie. It is a touching heartfelt movie with some laughs and some maybe even some cries if you're one who cries in movies. While I am giving heavy praise to Murphy, the actress who plays the daughter (Britt Robertson) is fantastic as well. The two have great chemistry and Robertson tackles some pretty heavy acting by dealing with a mother dying of cancer and the complexity of living your life without either of your parents.

You owe it to yourself to see this movie, it is a drama about a family going through life so it may seem slow to some, but this movie is so worth it. Touching all the way through. You will be glad you saw this film and you will be impressed by bothe Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson. I definitely recommend adding this movie to your home video collection, but I employee you to see it at least once. Even if you only rent it.

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