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Tony Lo Bianco and Shirley Stoler star  in 'The Honeymoon Killers,' director  Leonard Kastle's    classic film  inspired by the  true story of a pair of 'lonely hearts killers.'

Tony Lo Bianco and Shirley Stoler star in "The Honeymoon Killers," director Leonard Kastle's classic film inspired by the true story of a pair of "lonely hearts killers."

Capsule descriptions by The Commercial Appeal movie writer John Beifuss.

OPENING TODAY

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (PG-13, 96 min.) Nicolas Cage is the fiery-skulled demon biker in this Marvel Comics sequel.

CinePlanet 16 (in 3-D), Collierville Towne 16 (in 3-D), Cordova Cinema (in 3-D), DeSoto Cinema 16 (in 3-D), Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Majestic, Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Paradiso (in 3-D), Stage Cinema (in 3-D), Summer Quartet Drive-In.

An Inconsistent Truth (PG, 89 min.) Newt Gingrich appears in this climate change-denying response to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," hosted by Nashville conservative talk radio host Phi Valentine.

Cordova Cinema.

Pariah (R, 86 min.) See review.

Studio on the Square.

The Secret World of Arrietty (G, 95 min.) An animated film from Japan's Studio Ghibli about a tiny family that lives under the floorboards of a full-sized human house. Based on Mary Norton's classic 1952 children's novel, "The Borrowers."

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Paradiso, Studio on the Square, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

This Means War (PG-13, 98 min.) Spies Chris Pine and Tom Hardy use CIA tactics to battle each other for the heart of Reese Witherspoon.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

SPECIAL MOVIES

Born To Be Wild: The latest IMAX film is "an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals" that focuses on efforts to reintroduce rescued elephants and orangutans into the wild. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Runs through Nov. 16.

IMAX Theater at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central. Call (901) 320-6362 for show times, tickets and reservations.

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (Not rated, 130 min.) A 2010 biopic about Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino), the famed singer-songwriter and philanderer who became France's oddest-looking romantic idol, as celebrated for his 1960s and '70s love affairs with Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon) as for his music.

2 p.m. Sunday, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.

The Honeymoon Killers (R, 108 min.) Inspired by a true story, director Leonard Kastle's comic-horrific low-budget 1970 art/exploitation classic follows the twisted careers of a pair of "lonely hearts killers" (Tony Lo Bianco and Shirley Stoler) who seduce and murder lovelorn women.

7 p.m. Thursday, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum or Indie Memphis members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.

Leonardo Live (Not rated, 100 min.) A cinematic preview of the upcoming landmark British National Gallery exhibition, "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan," which brings together "the largest number of surviving paintings" by Leonardo "ever assembled in one collection."

1 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Paradiso. Tickets: $20. Visit malco.com.

Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts: Irish altar boys, Indian orphans and Norwegian septuagenarians are among the characters who appear in this special program showcasing the five international films vying for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

2 p.m. Saturday, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $8 or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.

Prom Night in Mississippi (Not rated, 90 min.) Director Paul Saltzman will lead a discussion after this "Black History Month" screening of his acclaimed documentary about the 2008 high-school senior prom in small-town Charleston that was the first racially integrated prom in school history.

7 p.m. Monday, Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall, Rhodes College. Admission: Free. Call (901) 843-3470.

The Ultimate Wave Tahiti: Viewers will learn how waves influence and shape our planet while they ride alongside champion surfer Kelly Slater as he challenges Tahiti's toughest wave. Runs through March 2. Tickets $8.25, $7.50 senior citizens, $6.50 children ages 3-12 and children under 3 free.

IMAX Theater at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central. Call (901) 320-6362 for show times, tickets and reservations.

NOW SHOWING

The Adventures of Tintin (PG, 107 min.) The action set pieces are spectacular, as Tintin (voiced/enacted by Jamie Bell), his fox terrier, Snowy, and new drunken ally, Captain Haddock (the performance-capture Man of a Thousand LED Faces, Andy Serkis), race against an evil adversary (Daniel Craig) to claim a sunken pirate treasure, but Tintin remains a dull if intrepid blank.

Bartlett 10.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G, 90 min.) Another "squeakquel."

CinePlanet 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic.

Arthur Christmas (PG, 100 min.) This digitally animated holiday bandwagon-jumper lacks the visual charm of the stop-motion Plasticine animation that is the signature of England's Aardman studios; otherwise, it's funny and clever and even moving, as might be expected from the company responsible for "Wallace & Gromit." James McAvoy lends his voice to the title character, Santa's youngest son, an earnest but clumsy lad whose "general aura of seasonal positivity" seems inadequate to the demands of a 21st century "North Pole Mission Control," operated with military efficiency by Santa's brawny No. 1 son, Steve (Hugh Laurie). Directed by Sarah Smith.

Bartlett 10.

The Artist (PG-13, 100 min.) Already famous and perhaps overhyped as the first wide-release black-and-white silent film of the modern era (its old-fashioned squarish screen ratio is an even more extreme retro formal choice), writer-director Michel Hazanavicius' salute to the romance of the movies is novel, funny and refreshing -- it's terrific entertainment. Dashing Jean Dujardin, a Gene Kelly/Douglas Fairbanks type, stars as George Valentin, a silent screen idol who feels threatened by the rise of the "talkies"; Bérénice Bejo is Peppy Miller, the chorus girl elevated to stardom by the coming of sound. The story is cribbed from "Singin' in the Rain" and "A Star Is Born," but the film's use of "silence" (in fact, Ludovic Bource's wonderful score is almost nonstop) is extremely clever; better still, the movie introduces the year's most undeniable star in Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier that is the hero's constant companion and eventual savior (as demonstrated in a thrilling sequence that harks -- or barks? -- back to the era of Rin Tin Tin). Nominated for 10 Oscars, "The Artist" is the likely winner of the Best Picture award; such acclaim perhaps explains why a mild backlash has developed against a fun movie that is perhaps most profitably viewed as an elaborate update of the type of old-movie spoofs that used to be featured on "The Carol Burnett Show."

Ridgeway Four.

Beauty and the Beast (G, 91 min.) The 1991 Disney animated classic returns, converted into 3D.

Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D).

Big Miracle (PG, 107 min.) Drew Barrymore saves a family of whales in this fact-based drama.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema.

Chronicle (PG-13, 84 min.) Three teenage buddies gain superpowers in the latest "found footage" thriller.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

Contraband (R, 110 min.) Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale in a race-against-the-clock crime thriller.

Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Palace Cinema.

A Dangerous Method (R, 99 min.) Once lauded as the master of "gynecological horror," David Cronenberg applies his directorial speculum to the human cranium in this confident and fascinating film about the relationship between big brains Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Carl Jung (a superb Michael Fassbender) and their shared patient, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), who followed her mentors to become a noted psychologist in her own right. The frightening and deforming intensity of Knightley's performance may strike some viewers as cartoonish, but the actress is unforgettable: She's like a whipped dog expecting a blow from an angry master, twisting her limbs in spastic contortions and jutting her toothy jaw forward so she resembles an electroshocked piranha. Scripted by Christopher Hampton from his play, the movie examines the birth of the "talking cure" that Freud would dub "psychoanalysis," but its inevitable wordiness doesn't thwart the director: Cronenberg has become a nonpareil filmmaker, and his movie offers a clinic in simple, direct, purposeful visual storytelling. At the same time, it pulses with ideas: The film presents both Jung and Freud as heroic explorers of "uncharted territory," but it also identifies them as heralds of a savage century in which unconscious urges find such destructive expression that even kids who've barely heard of Freud can identify bombs and missiles as phallic symbols.

Studio on the Square.

The Darkest Hour (PG-13, 89 min.)

Bartlett 10.

The Descendants (R, 115 min.) Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, the first film in seven years from director Alexander Payne ("Sideways") casts George Clooney as Matt King, a haole (white person in Hawaii) lawyer with royal Hawaiian blood who is facing two terrible deadlines: As trustee, he must determine what to do with his family's "huge parcel of virgin land," worth millions; and as husband, he has to decide when to pull the plug on his comatose wife. Payne -- whose other films include "Election" and "About Schmidt" -- specializes in depictions of aging white males in crisis; he's a humanist director who favors actors over visual flourishes and confrontations and conversations over set pieces, but he relies too much on storytelling crutches (Matt's voiceover narration is annoying and redundant). Beautifully shot on location, the film becomes more enjoyable and somehow even looser as its plot tightens (Matt learns his wife was having an affair), and the focus expands to Matt's relationship with his two daughters, a troubled teenager (Oscar-worthy Shailene Woodley) and an eccentric youngster (Amara Miller). The memorable supporting cast includes Nick Krause as an affable teen stoner named Sid, and Robert Forster as Matt's belligerent father-in-law.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Ridgeway Four, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

The Devil Inside (R, 87 min.) The second fake "found footage" demon-possession thriller in less than three years (after 2010's "The Last Exorcism"), director William Brent Bell's film follows a young American (Fernanda Adrade) to Italy, where a pair of rogue priests (Simon Quarterman and Evan Helmuth) from her exorcism class (really) agree to help drive the devil from her insane mother. The few shocks don't make up for the implausibility of the story or the recklessness of the "heroes."

Majestic.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (PG-13, 129 min.) From its wordy title to the impressive vocabulary and compulsive list-making of its possibly autistic young narrator hero, director Stephen Daldry's adaptation of the 2005 novel by Jonathon Safran Foer never liberates itself from the printed page. It's handsomely mounted and well-acted (Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks are the boys' parents, and Max von Sydow is a mute and mysterious neighbor), but it doesn't justify its existence, except as a way of presenting this implausible story to that admittedly large audience that doesn't read books.

Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

The Grey (R, 117 min.) Rugged Liam Neeson leads a group of roughneck plane-crash survivors through the Alaskan wilderness while a complementary but more efficient pack of hungry wolves dogs their heels in this existentialist Man vs. Death/Man vs. Himself action drama. The final act is marred by too much unnecessary backstory and "characterization," not to mention a leap-from-a-cliff episode that shatters the integrity of the movie's relative realism; even so, this marks a solid comeback for director Joe Carnahan, who followed his excellent "Narc" (2002) with the idiocies of "Smokin' Aces" and "The A-Team." Stick around through the credits for a teasing final shot.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

Happy Feet Two (PG, 103 min.) Memphis kid rapper Lil P-Nut supplies the voice of a scene-stealing fat-and-fluffy kid penguin named Atticus.

Bartlett 10, Majestic.

Hugo (PG, 127 min.) Advertised as a children's adventure, Martin Scorsese's first 3D feature might more accurately be described as a love letter to cinema, set in the city of storybook romance, Paris. Even the movie's clockwork automaton is motivated by a symbol of love: It is brought to life by a key shaped like a Valentine's heart. Asa Butterfield stars as Hugo, a young 1930s orphan who lives in hiding in a bustling train station, where he tends the great clocks; aided by a precocious, book-smart girl (Chloë Grace Moretz), he uncovers a mystery involving a toymaker (Ben Kingsley) and a real-life master of cinematic invention and special effects, Georges Méliès, a stage magician turned filmmaker who marvels that the movies represented "a new kind of magic" -- a statement that endorses Scorsese's decision to embrace the spirit of Méliès and explore the new magic of digital 3D. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

DeSoto Cinema 16 (in 3-D), Cordova Cinema (in 3-D), Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8 (in 3-D).

The Iron Lady (PG-13, 105 min.) This isn't a great movie, but Meryl Streep is great in it: As Margaret Thatcher, the United Kingdom's first and only woman prime minister to date, Streep is convincing and astonishing and eminently watchable -- she's no parody or waxwork, not even when she's done up in convincing old-age makeup to portray the doddering Thatcher as a lonely and somewhat tragic figure, isolated by fame and dementia and carrying on conversations with her dead husband (Jim Broadbent), whose nickname for his wife -- "MT" -- may be a pun representing the filmmakers' opinion of their heroine's heart. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd ("Mamma Mia!") and scripted by Abi Morgan ("Shame"), the movie, which jumps back and forth in time, lacks structure and a coherent political point of view; it touches on the tragic human cost of Thatcher's conservative cost-cutting and "warmonger" policies, but more insistently presents "the Iron Lady" as a heroic sort of right-wing feminist whose rise to power within a condescending male-dominated government was inspired by the belief that a woman's life "must matter, beyond all the cooking and the cleaning and the children."

Collierville Towne 16, Majestic, Ridgeway Four.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG, 94 min.) The Rock replaces Brendan Fraser in this sequel to 2008's similarly Jules Verne-inspired and family-friendly "Journey to the Center of the Earth."

CinePlanet 16 (in 3-D), Collierville Towne 16 (in 3-D), Cordova Cinema (in 3-D), DeSoto Cinema 16 (in 3-D), Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic (in 3-D), Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Paradiso (in 3-D), Stage Cinema (in 3-D), Summer Quartet Drive-In.

Joyful Noise (PG-13, 118 min.) "Glee" meets God in director Todd Graff's lively gospel musical, set in a cheerful if economically depressed Georgia small town where Everywoman Queen Latifah and the surgically altered Dolly Parton (her new mouth is so distracting you won't even notice her chest) battle for control of the church choir. Produced by Fred Smith's Alcon Entertainment company in hopes of reaching the "faith" audience that made "The Blind Side" a hit, the film's Christian message is muffled somewhat by the faux gospel song selections, which include churchy renditions of Michael Jackson's "The Man in the Mirror" and Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," repurposed as a pro-Jesus song. Keke Palmer is Latifah's good-girl daughter; Broadway star Jeremy Jordan is the bad-boy prodigal son who shakes up the conservative gospel choir, demonstrating that "Sly Stone funk" is more likely to win a national gospel competition than traditional song fare (a sad if true moral). Even so, some of the musical numbers are knockouts, especially a show-stopping version of Billy Preston's "That's the Way God Planned It" belted out by the movie's great discovery, 14-year-old Lithonia, Ga., "children's choir" sensation Ivan Kelley Jr.

CinePlanet 16, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

Man on a Ledge (PG-13, 103 min.) Is a seemingly suicidal "jumper" part of a diamond-heist scheme?

DeSoto Cinema 16, Majestic, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

The Muppets (PG, 109 min.) Kermit, Miss Piggy.

Bartlett 10.

One for the Money (PG-13, 91 min.) Katherine Heigl, bounty hunter?

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Stage Cinema.

Puss in Boots (PG, 90 min.)

Bartlett 10.

Red Tails (PG-13, 125 min.) The pioneering fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen deserve a more memorable and less cornball tribute than this George Lucas production, which seems inspired as much by old war movies as by the real-life heroism of the African-American flyers of World War II. As in a vintage wartime morale-builder from Warner Bros. or Republic Pictures, the Army Air Corps soldiers presented here are differentiated as much by their colorful nicknames as by their personalities: "Joker," "Smoky," "Coffee," and so on; the key relationship finds "Easy" (Nate Parker), the fighter group captain, butting heads with hotshot ace "Lightning" (David Oyelowo), described as "one craaaazy pilot!" As represented by Bryan Cranston as a white officer with a convenient Southern accent, bigotry here is more personal than institutional; the film's skin-deep exploration of racial issues makes it more a kids' movie than an adult war film. (With its message of tolerance, patriotism and courage, this might make a good movie outing for a father and young son.) The dogfights -- the movie's true raison d'être -- are occasionally thrilling but often unconvincing, thanks to the crystal-clear cartoonish sheen of the digital effects (seeminlgy every cloud has a picturesque pink lining) and the curiously flat direction of Anthony Hemingway.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

Safe House (R, 115 min.) As technically sophisticated as it is thematically tired and narratively challenged, the first English-language feature from Swedish director Daniel Espinosa is illogical and implausible, elevated only by the novelty of its South African setting and the lead performance of Denzel Washington as a fugitive CIA agent and "expert manipulator" on the run from mystery assassins while in the custody of an untested entry-level agent played by Ryan Reynolds. Like "Training Day," which earned its star a Best Actor Oscar, the film presents Washington as a sort of satanic tempter, complete with devilish goatee -- a sly, superior figure of dark aspect and apparently dark designs, attempting to corrupt a physically and morally lily-white young minion of the law (Reynolds, instead of Ethan Hawke). The cat-and-mouse challenge promised by this matchup is soon overwhelmed by shaky-camera, cookie-cutter action excess, interrupted only by opportunistic war-on-terror "relevance" (Washington's character is waterboarded in his first scene) and boilerplate spy jargon, delivered by a fine but unchallenged cast. (Vera Farmiga might as well be wearing a sign on her forehead that reads: "I'm doing this for the money.")

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13, 129 min.) Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law.

Bartlett 10.

The Sitter (R, 82 min.) Jonah Hill.

Bartlett 10.

Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace (PG, 133 min.) Jar Jar Binks: even more hilarious in three dimensions.

CinePlanet 16 (in 3-D), Collierville Towne 16 (in 3-D), Cordova Cinema (in 3-D), DeSoto Cinema 16 (in 3-D), Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Paradiso (in 3-D), Stage Cinema (in 3-D).

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R, 127 min.) Swedish director Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John le Carré's 1974 best-seller -- famously adapted in 1979 by the BBC with Alec Guinness in the lead -- is as deceptive, withholding and cerebral as its anti-James Bond hero, veteran British secret service agent George Smiley, played here by a gray and unreadable Gary Oldman. The complex story finds Smiley trying to sniff out the Soviet "mole" in the service's ranks; suspect spies are represented by such fine character actors as Colin Firth, Toby Jones and Ciarán Hinds. Although the camerawork is stealthy and unshowy, the film is among the most visually striking and purposeful of recent years. The busy production design, which takes full advantage of the spacious horizontal emphasis of Alfredson's widescreen compositions, is a marvel of authentic 1970s period detail and meaningful geometry: windows, bookshelves, soundproofed isolation chambers and other rectangular elements frequently partition the frame into grids, to suggest entrapment and to echo the story's chess motif. The film occasionally loses its balance as it walks the fine line between control and inertness, between repression and coma, but it's not without emotion: The resolution exposes the movie as a sort of love story (like Alfredson's previous movie, the vampire masterpiece "Let the Right One In"), but its passions are so hidden, many viewers may never notice.

Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

Tower Heist (PG-13, 104 min.) Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy.

Bartlett 10.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 (PG-13, 118 min.) Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson.

Bartlett 10.

Underworld: Awakening (R, 89 min.) After skipping the third film, 2009's "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans," Kate Beckinsale returns as S&M-garbed vampire action heroine Selene, who emerges here from forced hibernation into a future in which human beings have all but "cleansed" the world of bloodsuckers and shapeshifters. Possibly because this is their first English-language film, directors Mns Mrlind and Björn Stein all but ignore the hokey and increasingly busy mythology of past entries to serve up a nonstop bloodbath. The violence is surprisingly extreme, goofily absurd and gratifyingly coherent.

CinePlanet 16 (in 3-D), Cordova Cinema (in 3-D), DeSoto Cinema 16 (in 3-D), Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Majestic, Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Paradiso (in 3-D), Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8 (in 3-D).

The Vow (PG-13, 104 min.) Husband Channing Tatum must work to win the love of wife Rachel McAdams when she emerges from a coma with no memory of her marriage.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square.

War Horse (PG-13, 146 min.) Inspired and forced, cornball and true, Steven Spielberg's sweeping saga of the unbreakable bond between unworthy man and noble animal may not be a masterpiece, but it's a welcome rarity: a quality "family" film with appeal for audience members of all ages, and a movie that suggests that people of decency and integrity are not an endangered species. Adapted from the 1982 children's book by Michael Morpugo that also inspired the Tony Award-winning Broadway play, the movie ranges from the green shires of England to the blasted "no man's land" battlefields of World War I, as a "fancy horse" turned work horse turned cavalry steed named Joey copes with separation from his beloved Albert (Jeremy Irvine), a bright-eyed farmboy. The film owes as much to movie history as to historical reality, but the John Ford references pay off big time during the theoretically gladdening but in fact heartbreaking reunion finale, in which the "strong, decent and very fine" Joey is shown by the framing and editing to be as apart and alone as John Wayne at the end of "The Searchers" -- a veteran of terrible experiences no one else can understand.

Summer Quartet Drive-In, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

The Woman in Black (PG-13, 97 min.) The fourth release from the revived Hammer Films is the first to return to the Gothic subject matter and Victorian decor that made the company famous in the 1950s and '60s, when it cranked out horror movies with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing by the blood-filled bucketload. In his first post-"Potter" starring role, Daniel Radcliffe is an intense young lawyer and widower who -- like Jonathan Harker in the many retellings of "Dracula" -- journeys to a scary old home near an unwelcoming village that is cowering in the shadow of the supernatural; Eel Marsh House, the lawyer soon learns, is haunted by a vengeful ghost thirsty for the blood of children. Working from a 1983 novel by Susan Hill, director James Watkins conjures a spooky atmosphere (a long overnight sequence in the house is like "The Evil Dead," done straight), but relies too much on loud noises and other "Boo!" effects; the suspense is lessened by the lack of mystery and plot twists. With Ciarán Hinds and Janet McTeer.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

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