Just in time for Halloween, Warner Brothers has prepped The Conjuring, one of the summer’s biggest surprise hits. It leads a week with some of the summer’s arthouse fare, and one of the most branded films of the summer. Also some great Criterions. Check it out…


  • Before Midnight: Is this the last we’ll see of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delphy)?  Perhaps not. The third film in the Before cycle moves the story forward to show that these two lovers have moved their relationship forward, but now there’s a new twist to why we’re spending a short burst of time with them. Expect this one to show up on a lot of end of the year lists.
  • The Conjuring: This horror film by James Wan (who is now helming Fast and Furious 7) played like gangbusters with audiences and made over three hundred million worldwide. Which is to say there will be a sequel.
  • The Internship: Google Google Google Google Google Vince Vaughn Google Google Owen Wilson. Google. Google.
  • Only God ForgivesNicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling followed up Drive with this film, which honed in on some of Drive’s arthouse/grindhouse concepts and stripped down qualities, and then took them to the next level. Gosling stars as a man whose brother is killed and whose mom wants him to get revenge, but it’s against a cop and there’s not a lot of talking. There is plenty of great mood, and it looks pretty, though it’s not very satisfying.
  • The Way Way Back: This is a film that apes a lot of 80’s comedies, which leads to an interesting question: could Meatballs released for the arthouse circuit these days? Alas, this has more going for it as its writer/directors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, won academy awards for their work on The Descendants, and so this was a modest summer release that hoped to be the next Little Miss Sunshine 


  • John Cassavetes: Five Films, The Uninvited: Criterion is at it again, and the Cassavetes set is now upgraded to Blu-ray, and is already one of the best Blu-ray box sets of the year.
  • The Vincent Price Blu-ray Collection: Scream Factory has outdone themselves this year and this set is one of their best. Collecting six Price films, with four of his famous adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe, and with each film getting loving supplements, this is also in the running for one of 2013’s best box sets.

What are you picking up this week?