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On Video - January 2017



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January 3

Blair Witch [2016] [R] - 1.6.8
After receiving information that suggests that his sister is still alive after disappearing in a forest years earlier, a young man and his friends plan to search for her but find more than they expected. With James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson and Valorie Curry. Directed by Adam Wingard. [1:29]

Denial [2016] [PG-13] - 1.3.5
Based on a true story: Court room drama with Rachel Weisz as an American professor of Jewish Studies who is sued by a British historian (Timothy Spall) who denies the Holocaust ever happened because she accused him of being a Holocaust denier. Also with Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius, Alex Jennings, Harriet Walter and Mark Gatiss. Directed by Mick Jackson. [1:49]

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life [2016] [PG] - 2.3.3
A middle school student (Griffin Gluck) enjoys an expansive imagination and dislikes authority figures. When he attends a school where he is expected to follow a massive list of rules, trouble begins. With a friend (Thomas Barbusca) he plots pranks against the uptight principal (Andy Daly) in order to annoy him and impress a female classmate (Isabela Moner). Also with Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle, Adam Pally and Retta. Directed by Steve Carr. A few phrases are spoken in Spanish without translation. [1:32]

January 10

The Accountant [2016] [R] - 1.7.7
A boy with autism and uncanny math skills grows up to become a forensic accountant (Ben Affleck). His chief clients are major crime families, but he takes on a legitimate case for a robotics company and when he finds massive embezzlement people begin dying at the hands of hired assassins while the FBI is unable to stop the murders. Also with Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, J.K. Simmons and John Lithgow. Directed by Gavin O'Connor. A few lines of dialogue are in a foreign language and accompanied by English subtitles. [2:08]

The Birth of a Nation [2016] [R] - 5.8.3
Based on the story of Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a slave in the antebellum South who led a slave rebellion in 1831. Hundreds of slaves were murdered in retribution. Also with Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aja Naomi King, Esther, Roger Guenveur Smith, Gabrielle Union and Penelope Ann Miller. Directed by Nate Parker. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in an African language with English subtitles. [2:00]

Deepwater Horizon [2016] [PG-13] - 4.7.5
Based on actual events from 2010: An electrician (Mark Wahlberg) on a major offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico must survive a massive oil and gas explosion and help his crew to safety. The rig produced the largest oil spill in global history, becoming a major controversy. Also with Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O'Brien, Kate Hudson, Ethan Suplee, Henry Frost and Jeremy Sande. Directed by Peter Berg. [1:47]

Max Steel [2016] [PG-13] - 1.5.4
A teenager (Ben Winchell) discovers that he can emit waves of tachyon energy, but cannot control them until a quirky extraterrestrial (voiced by Josh Brener) asks to link their skills and channel the energy to save lives. When joined, they become an incredible superhero who must confront a mad scientist (Andy Garcia) and super-villains from a far off galaxy. Also with Maria Bello, Ana Villafane and Mike Doyle. Directed by Stewart Hendler. [1:32]

January 17

The Girl on the Train [2016] [R] - 8.6.9
An alcoholic divorcée (Emily Blunt) insinuates herself into the life of her abusive ex-husband (Justin Theroux), his current wife (Rebecca Ferguson), their nanny (Haley Bennett) and the nanny's husband (Luke Evans), all of whom she watches obsessively from the window of her daily commuter train. Then the nanny goes missing, and it's not clear who's a witness to murder or actually a murderer. Also with Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudos and Laura Prepon. Directed by Tate Taylor. [1:52]

Ouija: Origin of Evil [2016] [PG-13] - 1.6.3
Set in 1967, a widow and her two daughters try to make ends meet by performing séances and communicating with their clients' dead relatives. It all seems innocent enough until a Ouija board is used and a dark presence invades their lives. With Annalise Basso, Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas, Parker Mack, Doug Jones, Chelsea Gonzalez, Lincoln Melcher, Nicholas Keenan and Michael Weaver. Directed by Mike Flanagan. [1:39]

January 24

The Light Between Oceans [2016] [PG-13] - 5.3.1
After WWI a veteran (Michael Fassbender) becomes a lighthouse keeper on an Australian island. With his wife (Alicia Vikander) they find an abandoned baby in a rowboat and while he wants to notify authorities, his wife wants to keep the infant. In the coming years they have to confront a wealthy woman that threatens to break up their family. Also with Rachel Weisz, Emily Barclay, Bryan Brown, Leon Ford, Benedict Hardy and Jack Thompson. Directed by Derek Cianfrance. [2:12]

January 31

Masterminds [2016] [PG-13] - 3.4.5
Based on actual events: In 1997 a bored armored car driver (Zach Galifianakis) lets a crush on a colleague (Kristen Wiig) lure him into the North Carolina "Hillbilly Heist" along with a group of dimwits under the leadership of a trailer park playboy (Owen Wilson). The police, as well as a hit man (Jason Sudeikis), go after them. Also with Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Jon Daly. Directed by Jared Hess. [1:30]

Queen of Katwe [2016] [PG] - 2.3.1
Based on a true story: In Uganda a young girl (Madina Nalwanga) shows extraordinary chess playing skills, thought an unusual trait for girls and the poor. Encouraged and challenged to succeed by her brother and mentors, she hones her skills against chauvinistic boys, rich snobs, and international chess masters. Also with David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanz and Taryn Kyaze. Directed by Mira Nair. Several lines of dialogue are in an Ugandan language with English subtitles. [2:04]


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