BendBroadband on Demand brings you some first-rate thrills and chills, including films from Hollywood superstars Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise. “Inferno” and “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” are classic popcorn flicks – mega stars, top-notch production values and big thrills. If you’re looking for something a little deeper and darker, “The Girl on the Train” delivers an unsettling mystery, and “The Light Between the Oceans” emerged as one of the most moving dramas of 2016. And finally, don’t forget the edge-of-your-seat shivers from “Ouija: Origin of Terror.”
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
Available January 17. Rated R.
Copyright 2016 Universal Studios and Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC
Sordid, tense Hitchcockian film rife with sexual frustration, alcoholism, betrayal and murder. Emily Blunt is excellent as a fragile divorcee who becomes involved in a missing person’s case. The rest of the cast includes Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux and Luke Evans. Based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins.
Available January 21. Rated PG-13.
Copyright 2016 Sony Pictures Entertainment
The latest Robert Langdon film (after “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons”) is an entertaining thriller that succeeds due to the performance of Tom Hanks in the lead and director Ron Howard. The formula is for “Inferno” is pretty much intact from the previous films. Langdon dashes around historic Italy trying decipher a complex series of clues that offer a chance to save the world from a deadly plague. “Inferno” suffers from an over-familiar plot, but fans of the book should enjoy the ride. Felicity Jones co-stars.
THE LIGHT BETWEEN THE OCEANS
Available January 24. Rated R.
Copyright 2016 Entertainment One UK
Rich, atmospheric period drama brimming with love, anger, regret and forgiveness. In 1921 Australia, a lighthouse keeper and his wife (Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander) find a baby adrift in a rowboat, and decide to keep the child as their own – a decision that will have far-reaching consequences. It is a moving, gut-wrenching film – rich with emotion and pathos. Just be warned – have a box of Kleenex ready. Rachel Weisz also stars.
JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK
Available January 31. Rated PG-13.
Copyright 2016 Paramount Pictures
Tom Cruise is back as former military operative Jack Reacher. In this high-octane sequel, Reacher uncovers a conspiracy that allows Cruise to unleash his inner action hero. “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” isn’t terribly original, but it certainly is several steps above other Jason Bourne wannabes due to its excellent cast (particularly Cruise, who really works hard to sell his performance) and outstanding production values. Cobie Smulders co-stars.
OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL
Available January 31. Rated R.
Copyright 2016 Universal Pictures
Frightening and unnerving film that effectively mixes horror with human drama. “Ouija: Origin of Evil” manages to outdo its predecessor in just about every way. Set in 1967 Los Angeles, the film follows a woman who operates a séance scam business. But when she unwittingly brings a dark spirit into her home, things go more than bump-in-the-night as her daughter becomes possessed. The film is a real treat for anyone who loves a good movie – not just horror fans.
Check out all the movies available on BendBroadband Movies on Demand.
by Matthew Breen, a TDS blogger