Today’s “found footage” horror movies owe a debt to The Blair Witch Project, the original found footage film from 17 years ago. That movie was a smash hit thanks to the “found footage” that had never been shown in theaters, which left some people initially believing the events in the movie actually happened. Since then a slew of horror movies (most notably the Paranormal Activity series) have found success by featuring “found footage,” thus making the time right for taking another crack at exploring the Blair Witch mythology, while at the same time disregarding the awful sequel Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. Even though director Adam Wingard (The Guest, You’re Next) does have some tricks up his sleeve that he reveals in the final act, it’s not enough to save Blair Witch, which feels completely unnecessary given its lack of scares or originality. Read more
The recurring theme in two of the previous four movie reviews I’ve reviewed here is that, yes, summer movies have been a major letdown on all fronts. Superhero movies? Duds. Animated movies? Cash-grabs. Mega-budget sci-fi sequels? Repugnant. Comedies? Crickets. It’s worth mentioning summer for a third time because audiences have not been given that ONE movie that stays with them beyond the weekend they see it in theaters. Luckily, that changes this weekend. Hell or High Water is a near-perfect modern Western, filled with excellent performances and cheeky dialogue that personify the embodiment of the withering away of the genuine American Dream.
From director Jayson Theissen and writer Meghan McCarthy comes the My Little Pony animated movie from Hasbro and Lionsgate. Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Ashleigh Ball are returning to voice the mane 6 while newcomer Kristin Chenoweth (Glee) will play a new character.