Sarah Snook

Lionsgate

Half of the top ten grossing supernatural horror films ever were released in July and August, so it’s no surprise that Hollywood in general and a certain genre producer in particular would return to that release date again this year. Last year’s The Conjuring was a late summer hit, and now uber-genre producer Jason Blum is hoping to get a piece of that action with the suggestively-titled Jessabelle. I say “suggestive” because the name Jessabelle is awfully close to Jezebel, a name and term that’s come to mean a scheming, wicked woman. Is that intentional? It’s hard to say from this first trailer which sees a young woman (Sarah Snook) returning to her childhood home after her mom’s death. It’s just the latest tragedy for Jessabelle as she recently lost both her boyfriend and the use of her legs in a car accident. She finds a a videotape from her mom, and soon the creepy shenanigans begin. Check out the trailer for Jessabelle below.

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Sarah Snook and others in PREDESTINATION

Movies featuring time travel as a central plot device immediately and unavoidably put a target on their back for the numerous plot holes and inconsistencies sure to arise from such a twisty narrative structure. Even the best will sometimes have moments or scenes that just don’t work given too much thought, but if audiences are willing to go along for the ride those inevitable bumps in the road can be smoothed over through execution and other strengths. Predestination is one such film, and a few caveats aside, it’s one of the most dramatically thrilling and emotionally satisfying time-travel movies of the past several years. Two figures fight in the basement of a busy travel hub. One is trying to blow up hundreds of people, and the other is trying to stop it. Injuries from the ensuing blast leave a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) burned and near death, but he pulls through and is soon assigned a new mission from the past. The confusingly-named “Fizzle” bomber will be destroying a few blocks of NYC in 1975, and the time traveling government agency has been unable to stop him in time again and again. The agent is sent back to recruit fresh blood, a man named John (Sarah Snook), and together they set out to stop the bomber before he kills again. Again.

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