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Oct. 22, 2013by: John Law

This week: Check your shorts, The Conjuring is back. Also: Will audiences forgive Only God Forgives?

► Nothing about THE CONJURING seemed special, especially its tired ad campaign promising yet another fact-based ghost story. But director James Wan had his horror mojo working better than ever for this (supposed) true story of a family being terrorized in their new farmhouse, and the paranormal investigators who agree to help them. Wan sets the tone brilliantly with a creepy-as-hell intro which serves as a side story involving a haunted doll (it pays off later on), and he knows to let scary scenes breathe a bit before hammering us with a shock scare. We care about these characters – a rare thing in modern horror. Fantastic work by Patrick Wilson and Farmiga as the investigators and Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor as the home owners. True or not, this is the year’s best horror film.

► The love story Richard Linklater began nearly 20 years ago with ‘Before Sunrise’ hits some rough patches in BEFORE MIDNIGHT. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have been together for nine years, and with their lives at a crossroads they have one of those epic on-screen arguments that’ll make you flinch worse than any war movie. We’ve gotten to know these two characters so well after three movies, every harsh word stings. One of the most critically adored movies of the year, and if this is indeed the end, a remarkable trilogy by Linklater.

► It was a mixed reception for Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow-up to his universally loved ‘Drive’. The David Lynch-ian ONLY GOD FORGIVES reunites him with Ryan Gosling, who stars as a fugitive in Bangkok badgered by his crime boss mom (Kristin Scott Thomas) to find the people who murdered her other son, who just raped and killed an underage prostitute. This one drew both boos and a standing ovation at Cannes this year.

► Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson made one of the biggest comedies of the decade with ‘Wedding Crashers.’ So, in a baffling bit of ‘What the fuh ...?’, they wait eight years to do a follow-up. Even worse, a follow-up that felt dated the moment it was released. THE INTERNSHIP has them as two unemployed salesmen who apply to be interns at Google, where things strangely resemble the summer camp of ‘Meatballs.’ It’s all a two-hour ad for Google stretching to find Vaughan and Wilson’s old chemistry.

► Despite its devoted fanbase, The CW’s NIKITA remains one of the lowest-rated shows on TV. Which means the upcoming fourth season will be its last. Season 3 sets the stage nicely, with agent Nikita (Maggie O) and Co. now running Division – the secret organization that erased her past and turned her into an assassin. The president assigns them to clean up the previous regime’s mess, which doesn’t sit well with former Division head Amanda (Melinda Clarke). The six-episode fourth season starts Nov. 22.

► Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (that’s Dean Pelton to you), who won an Oscar for writing ‘The Descendents,’ share the director’s chair this time for the Sundance favorite THE WAY, WAY BACK. They’ve gathered a killer cast for this coming-of-age flick about a 14-year-old kid (Liam James) stuck on summer vacation in Cape Cod with his mom Pam (Toni Collette) and boyfriend (Steve Carell, playing an absolute asshole). He eventually gets welcomed at a nearby waterpark, where he bonds with the manager (Sam Rockwell). A feel-good story, and – all things considered – one of the summer’s surprise hits, doing $23 million on a $4.6 million budget.

► If you love artist documentaries, Brad Bernstein’s FAR OUT ISN’T ENOUGH: THE TOM UNGERER STORY is one of the best since ‘Crumb.’ Narrated by Ungerer himself, it follows the career of the France-born kid who lived through the German occupation to create cutting edge children’s books and, later in life, eroticism. His series of posters denouncing racism and the Vietnam War are legendary.

► Only fitting Christopher Lee narrates the documentary NECESSARY EVIL: SUPER-VILLAINS OF DC COMICS: He could read Dr. Seuss and make it sound criminal. With insight from Zack Snyder, Guillermo Del Toro and Richard Donner, he explains why every great DC hero is only as good as his opposition.

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SO WHAT DVD/BLU-RAYS ARE YOU GUYS STOKED ABOUT THIS WEEK?!

Extra Tidbit: this week in blu-ray and dvd releases, The Conjuring, Before Midnight, Only God Forgives, Nikita, The Internship, The Way Way Back
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1:36PM on 10/24/2013
Some very interesting reviews this week, and some good films. I think I would like to check several of these out.
Some very interesting reviews this week, and some good films. I think I would like to check several of these out.
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12:43PM on 10/22/2013

CONJURING - 6/10; B.M. - 9/10; INTERNSHIP - 3/10

I was scared as shit with THE CONJURING! But the 3rd act becomes a festival of movement and loud noises, which kills the mood. So overall, it was O.K.

Warning: MIDNIGHT is darker than the other BEFORE movies. But it's still the best of the trilogy.

THE INTERNSHIP doesn't suck JUST for being a Google commercial (why do they need it anyway, if they're so successful?). It's because it uses the college movie formula (it even takes place in a campus) replacing "frat houses" for "interns
I was scared as shit with THE CONJURING! But the 3rd act becomes a festival of movement and loud noises, which kills the mood. So overall, it was O.K.

Warning: MIDNIGHT is darker than the other BEFORE movies. But it's still the best of the trilogy.

THE INTERNSHIP doesn't suck JUST for being a Google commercial (why do they need it anyway, if they're so successful?). It's because it uses the college movie formula (it even takes place in a campus) replacing "frat houses" for "interns teams", so it becomes more boring by the minute. And Owen & Vince try to be more family friendly, so their dialogues aren't raunchy. Again: boring.
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6:38AM on 10/22/2013

Yes

Only God Forgives for me.
Only God Forgives for me.
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3:17AM on 10/22/2013
The Way Way Back, Before Midnight, The Conjuring, The Internship, and Only God Forgives for me this week.

Can't wait to watch Way Way Back and Before Midnight again. They're my top two favorite films of the year.
The Way Way Back, Before Midnight, The Conjuring, The Internship, and Only God Forgives for me this week.

Can't wait to watch Way Way Back and Before Midnight again. They're my top two favorite films of the year.
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1:43AM on 10/22/2013
Excellent next two weeks for releases! Getting The Conjuring and The Way Way Back. Really want to check out Before Midnight.
Excellent next two weeks for releases! Getting The Conjuring and The Way Way Back. Really want to check out Before Midnight.
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1:34AM on 10/22/2013
The Conjuring, Before Midnight and Necessary Evil for me.
The Conjuring, Before Midnight and Necessary Evil for me.
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1:42AM on 10/22/2013
I love Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, they're in my Top 10, but Before Midnight didn't do it for me. :'-(
I love Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, they're in my Top 10, but Before Midnight didn't do it for me. :'-(
1:49AM on 10/22/2013
Aww, really? I was really looking forward to Before Midnight. Anyhow, I'll definitely get it to complete my Before collection.
Aww, really? I was really looking forward to Before Midnight. Anyhow, I'll definitely get it to complete my Before collection.
2:12AM on 10/22/2013
Also, I kind of wish Before Sunset was the last one because, to me, it had the perfect ending. :-)
Also, I kind of wish Before Sunset was the last one because, to me, it had the perfect ending. :-)
1:29AM on 10/22/2013
I LOVED, The Way Way Back. It is the best feel-good movie I have ever seen!
I LOVED, The Way Way Back. It is the best feel-good movie I have ever seen!
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