Monday, December 23, 2013

This Week’s DVD Releases

Una Noche ***½ Directed by Lucy Malloy. After Cuban teenager Raul is accused of assault, he and his best friend decide to flee the country and make the 90-mile journey to the United States. Mulloy’s only other directing credit is for the documentary short This Morning. She brings a documentarian’s objective eye to Una Noche, yet the actors — non-professionals — convey exactly the emotions she is looking for.

More Than Honey *** Directed by Markus Imhoof. An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. Though overloaded with narration, Honey triumphs visually, with stunning shots of bees in flight, tracked in slow motion, Winged Migration-style, by who-knows-what technical wizardry.

Insidious Chapter 2 ½* Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey. Directed by James Wan. Time has passed for Renai and Josh Lambert, but they are still haunted by the evil spirits that almost stole the body of their son, Dalton. While Renai tries to accept her son’s paranormal abilities, Josh must confront his own horrifying childhood. A mess from start to finish — though, judging by the ending, this story won’t be over any time soon — Insidious: Chapter 2 is the kind of lazy, halfhearted product that gives scary movies a bad name.

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