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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of August 23rd – ‘The Conjuring’ Franchise is Back for More

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we have The Conjuring dominating the new release listings. Not only is The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It hitting shelves this week, a special collection of the trilogy is too. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

The Conjuring 3-Film Collection

The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 are really good movies. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is far more of a mixed bag, but as horror sequels go, it could have been worse. Still, this group of films is well worth owning. The Conjuring 3-Film Collection is a great pick-up for those who dig fright flicks, plain and simple. Just keep your expectations in check with the latest installment, as I said in my review here:

Any horror franchise reaches a point where fatigue begins to set in. At that point, either the film series reinvents itself and gets new life, or it doubles down and just limits its audience to hardcore fans. Then, there’s obviously the cases where franchises jump the shark. Now a trilogy, The Conjuring series is reaching that point. The first flick is great, while the sequel is almost shockingly good. On the other hand, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It loses a lot of what made the first two special. Now, it works as a horror film, by and large. However, the things that set the movies apart are largely gone.

Also Available This Week

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Berlin Station: Season Two (TV)

Chicago Fire: Season Nine (TV)

Chicago Med: Season Six (TV)

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Lansky

NCIS: Los Angeles – The Twelfth Season (TV)

Peter Rabbit: The Runaway

Prodigal Son: The Complete Second Season (TV)

S.W.A.T.: Season Four (TV)

You Should Have Left

Criterion Corner

Criterion

Ashes and Diamonds

From The Criterion Collection: “A milestone of Polish cinema, this electrifying international sensation by Andrzej Wajda—the final film in his celebrated war trilogy—entwines the story of one man’s moral crisis with the fate of a nation. In a small Polish town on the final day of World War II, Maciek (the coolly charismatic Zbigniew Cybulski), a fighter in the underground anti-Communist resistance movement, has orders to assassinate an incoming commissar. But when he meets and falls for a young barmaid (Ewa Krzyżewska), he begins to question his commitment to a cause that requires him to risk his life. Ashes and Diamonds’ lustrous monochrome cinematography—wreathed in shadows, smoke, and fog—and spectacularly choreographed set pieces lend a breathtaking visual dynamism to this urgent, incendiary vision of a country at a crossroads in its struggle for self-determination.”

Stay tuned for more next week…

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