Is “Dirty Grandpa” De Niro’s downfall? Is “The Witch” spellbinding? Popcorn Bag Home Video reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There's new movies available to watch at home, but are they worth your time? FOX 4's Russ Simmons is in the screening room with his thoughts on "Dirty Grandpa" and "The Witch."

 

1) DIRTY GRANDPA (R)

Lionsgate

Two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro got his American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award back in 2003. It's a good thing that "Dirty Grandpa" hadn't come out before that.

One of our greatest actors goes slumming in this truly awful and sleazy so-called comedy about raunchy senior citizen who goes on a spring break adventure with his uptight grandson, played by Zac Efron.

If you're like me, you can forgive a lot of cinematic sins if there are some good laughs to be had. But there isn't a single redeeming moment in this extremely tacky movie that seems to equate the term 'shocking' with 'funny.'

Mr. De Niro, you're forgiven. Collect your check and we'll not speak of this again. Zac Efron, please get a new agent.

RUSS: 1 Popcorn Bag

 

2) THE WITCH (R)

A24 Films

The genuinely creepy art house horror flick "The Witch" certainly isn't your typical fright fest. It's inspired by folk tales and superstitions that were believed to be true by many early American settlers.

Anya Taylor-Joy plays a teenage girl whose family has been banished from their New England plantation in 1630. When they try to eke out a living on a small patch of dirt near the woods, they encounter some very dark, supernatural powers.

The atmosphere is one of grim and growing dread as opposed to the sudden shocks we're used to with most modern horror films. "The Witch" is beautifully produced, well acted and feels absolutely authentic. It's also terribly grisly, violent and off-putting.

Many fans of modern horror films will probably be very bored by the movie's deliberate pace. But those who appreciate a taught and intriguing walk on the dark side may see "The Witch" as an involving historical reenactment.

For the latter group, I'll give it four popcorn bags. Everyone else, beware.

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

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