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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! We were off last week for the holiday, so today we’re looking at the new releases for 12/30/14 and 1/6/15. If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Guest David Collins (Dan Stevens) is a recent discharge from the Army who arrives on a grieving family’s doorstep with a kind words about their deceased military son. They take him in, and soon he’s working his way into their lives with kind words and a helping hand. Something is a bit off with David though, and soon the family’s most suspicious and cynical member, Anna (Maika Monroe) discovers the truth behind David’s presence. The guys behind You’re Next (Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett) return, but instead of toying around with a home invasion this time around they’ve set their playful sights on the action genre. The result is some solid fun, both of the comedic and violent varieties, anchored by a fantastically unexpected turn from Stevens. The Downton Abbey alum is convincing throughout, and he finds a great foil in young Monroe. Capping it all off with a strong visual style and a killer soundtrack/score, Wingard and Barrett have delivered their most purely enjoyable romp yet, and I’m only mildly embarrassed to admit that it took me a second viewing to really appreciate it. Now if only someone can convince them to make their next film a sequel to both The Guest *and* You’re Next. David versus Erin. Boom. […]

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Earlier this evening I was reading an excellent piece over at Cinematical by Jenni Miller. In a meditation about the state of affairs of director Roman Polanski, she asks a few interesting questions. Can we separate the artist from their personal life? It’s an interesting discussion to be had — and the situation surrounding Polanski is the perfect catalyst for such a discussion. It seems as though the jury in Berlin had that discussion, and we now have their answer.

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