Lionsgate Films has bought the rights to The Last Exorcism, a documentary-style movie following an evangelical minister during his final attempt to cast out a demon, described as "The Exorcist shot in the style of Paranormal Activity." I suppose that by dint of the plot description the movie is a few rungs more ambitious than Paranormal Activity, but I'm not sure what these pseudo-documentaries offer that The Blair Witch Project didn't do back in 1999. The takeaway lesson is that movies need to be about something first and foremost, and exercises in style once there is a story worth telling.
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