Best of New Releases: The New Daughter
Yes, seriously. For those of you who haven't heard of it, The New Daughter is a new film starring Kevin Costner and Ivana Baquero, of Pan's Labryrinth fame, directed by Luis Berdejo, who co-wrote [REC]. It was unceremoniously dumped in a few theaters and is now hitting DVD and Blu-ray. Our own Scott Weinberg and I happened to catch it during it's brief theatrical run, and I suppose I've kind of latched on to it to a certain degree. It's definitely a missed opportunity. While it starts strong and put me, at least, on the edge of my seat, it grinds down to nearly a halt. The middle section is long and tedious but then the end ramps up quickly to a final shot that is simply awesome. Not great, but worth a rent.
Also out this week, is The Disappeared, which looks like a slow burn thriller starring Tom Felton, who Harry Potter fans will instantly recognize as Draco Malfoy. Despite the title, it appears that Tell Tale borrows little from the Edgar Allan Poe tale. Though even it's tenuous connection to that great story as well as the inclusion of Brian Cox and director Michael Cuesta, of Dexter, is enough to get me interested and kind of excited.