DVD Court: ‘The Conjuring’, ‘The Internship’, ‘The Way Way Back’, ‘Before Midnight’

This week we put four movies on trial. As The Jury, we recommend what should happen to a particular DVD released today. Voting Burn It, Skip It, Rent It, or Buy It, we come together to deliver a verdict and hope to help you decide what to watch or avoid.

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The Jury:
Nick of The Cinematic Katzenjammer
Vivek of The Cinematic Katzenjammer
Colin of The Cinematic Katzenjammer
Dave of Dave Examines Movies
Fernando of Committed to Celluloid
Ries of The Cinematic Katzenjammer
Vern of The Vern’s Video Vortex
Jason of Digital Didascalia
Alex of Cinemaniac Reviews
Ben of Benend’s Basement
Andy of Rorschach Reviews
Tom of Digital Shortbread

Closing Statements and Reviews:

Colin (Review): “An instant horror classic that will be rewatched every Halloween. A seriously great haunted house flick.”
Dave (Review): The Conjuring borrows from other haunted house stories and legends. It focuses on showing the audience what’s in the closet rather than have our paranoia create an explanation for ourselves through the proven use of suggestion. Still, the film is a creepy one.”
Fernando (Review): “A cliché-free horror movie is as rare as a four-leaf clover, and while The Conjuring doesn’t quite get it right in that respect, it does succeed in giving us an involving, entertaining chiller, one with the right tone, visuals and score, but most importantly, a magnificent cast displaying a level of talent not commonly associated with the genre.”
(Review): “A nice throwback to those haunted house movies that were made in the 70’s.  Does not need repeat viewings but would be perfect to watch every Halloween.”
Ben (Review): “The Warrens were a really interesting couple who claimed all sorts of fascinating discoveries and I feel a much more original and captivating story could’ve been told here.”
Andy (Review): “Capably acted, brilliantly shot and unrelentingly terrifying, The Conjuring just may be the scariest horror movie I have ever seen in a theater”
Tom (Review): “. . .makes a good case for the ‘less is more’ mantra — one might not actually believe this is directed by one of the dudes who made Saw because this is a somewhat bloodless ordeal. Somewhat. I believe this is a film that many of us have been waiting to see for a long, long time. It’s one of the shining examples of what makes horror an avenue worth pursuing if you’re involved in the entertainment industry as well.”
Vivek: “This movie shows that you don’t need super-expensive high tech movie effects to make an effective horror film. Aside from “Insidious”, this is James Wan’s best film.”
Jason: “Like Insidious before it, this film relies too much on Poltergeist for its plot and absurdity for its scares, never sure if it wants to be about a family haunted by an evil spirit saved by a couple of paranormal experts or the other way around.”

Closing Statements and Reviews:

Colin (Review): “It’s not as bad as you might think. There’s a sweetness to both Vaughn and Wilson, but most of it is just fluff. “
Dave (Review): “The Internship is one of those films where it was done in a “just because” way, and is somewhat forgettable, but it does have some effective humor…which is really all you can ask for.”
Alex (Review): “It’s good but not what we saw eight years ago.  (And if you have no clue what I mean you may as well skip it.)”
Ben (Review): “If you buy into the premise and let yourself have fun, The Internship will deliver the goods.”
Andy (Review): “Unrealistic set-up aside, for every scene in The Internship that works, there are two more that really don’t and the uneven result will make it difficult to many viewers to rise above the level of mild enjoyment”
Tom (Review): “Sensitive direction from Shawn Levy (Real Steel) is to thank for most of the film’s easygoing nature. It’s neither too sappy nor too over-the-top, providing a good mixture of humorous and serious undercurrents.”
Vern: “This looks like a movie that should have came out in 2000. Now all the jokes feel irrelevant.”

Closing Statements and Reviews:

Nick (Review): “Funny, heartfelt, and completely sincere, The Way Way Back is the perfect summer movie. Channeling The Sandlot and Stand By Me, the film could easily be grouped together with the best coming-of-age movies. My personal favorite film of 2013.”
Colin (Review): “A great callback to the ’80s coming-of-age films. Both Nat Faxon and Jim Rash expertly direct this heartbreaking film that in the midst of its sorrow can be hilarious through Sam Rockwell. “
Ben (Review): “The Way Way Back is a mostly flat movie that’s occasionally brought to life by the fantastic Sam Rockwell.”
Andy (Review): “Between a dynamite supporting cast and incredibly rich character development, the emotional and comedic punches doled out by The Way Way Back make it a strong contender for my new favorite movie of the year”
Tom (Review): “…ultimately benefits from a great cast putting on great performances in conjunction with a strong screenplay and interesting setting. I could name at least a dozen coming-of-age tales that have been in varying degrees stimulating enough, but this basically put on a clinic in terms of showing why that type of story has a place in the film industry.”
Vern: “It has Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette and Steve Carell.  That’s worth the price of admission alone.  Umm did I mention that it has Sam “The Man” Rockwell.”

Closing Statements and Reviews:

Fernando (Review): “The Greek locales are pretty, the writing is almost as sharp as in the previous installments and Delpy and Hawke are -of course- in top-form, so I appreciate the film, but I also resent it a little for letting me know so violently that love fades, and that’s something I did not want to see in this trilogy”
Vern (Review): “If you have seen and love the previous two films(Before Sunrise and Before Sunset) this is a must own.  There has never been another movie series that shows an actual relationship being formed in real time.  If you are just starting with this.  It’s a rental.”
Jason: “A work of consummate skill and literary artistry rounds out one of the most unique and fascinating trilogies ever made.”

What will you be buying or renting this week? Let us know below!

Written By Nick

Nick is a man obsessed with all things related to film. From the most obscure to the very popular, he’s seen it all and hopes to one day turn his obsession into a career that makes a lot of money so he can buy a monkey, a bulldog, and a full size Batman suit.

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