On his very first day at his new school, artsy middle schooler Rafe Katchadonan (Gluck) has a run-in with Principal Dwight (Daly) in front of the entire school during a boring assembly. Dwight, who runs the school with an iron fist and a big book of arbitrary rules, destroys Rafe's beloved sketchbook, prompting the student to start plotting his vengeance. Now determined to break as many of the school's rules as he can, Rafe begins pulling off a series of elaborate pranks. For Principal Dwight, though, the pranks are just a sideshow: He's obsessed with raising the school's ranking, and high marks in upcoming standardized testing could achieve that for him. He'll resort to any means necessary to secure the No. 1 spot for his school and a hefty pay raise for himself and his assistant principal (Retta).
Holocaust Studies professor Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) becomes the target of a libel lawsuit by Holocaust denier David Irving (Spall) after she writes about him in one of her books. She assembles an expert legal team, led by solicitor Anthony Julius (Scott) and barrister Richard Rampton (Wilkinson), to fight the charge, but to do so, they need to prove that Irving was willfully being deceitful in his claims that the Holocaust didn't happen. Once the trial finally gets underway, though, the defense team is alarmed when Irving uses it as a publicity stunt for himself.
Two decades after his sister disappeared while making a film about the legendary Blair Witch, James Donahue (McCune) spots her in a video and concludes that she must still be alive. Along with his friends and some helpful locals, James heads into the woods to search for his missing sister, while his friend, Lisa (Hernandez), films them in the hopes of making a documentary.