Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

Rated: R
Genre(s): Horror, Mystery
Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Starring: Katie Featherston, Chris Smith, Sprague Grayden and Lauren Bittner

Paranormal Activity 3 is actually a prequel showing how siblings Katie (Katie Fertherstone) from the first film and Kristi (Sprague Grayden) in the second, were traumatized in their youth by things that go bump in the night.

Featherston and Grayden make a token appearance in a portentous prologue, their preteen roles are played by newcomers Chloe Csengery (young Katie) and Jessica Tyler Brown (young Kristi Ray). The girl’s dad Dennis (Chris Smith); wedding videographer, becomes obsessed with discovering the source of late night noises.

Like its predecessors, this Paranormal Activity 3 offers many of the same thrills. There’s still the nightly time-lapse photography and a fine mix of obvious and subtle scares to build tension. Clever camera angles (keeping the unseen Toby out of view) or things darting around the frame. Viewers who were turned off by the repeated bickering of the two leads in the first Paranormal Activity may have a similar response to scenes from Dennis and his wife Julie regarding the supernatural and her disbelief. Nevertheless, get ready to sleep with the lights on.

The Three Musketeers (2011)

Rated: PG-13
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Romance
Director: Paul W.S Anderson
Starring: Matthew Macfadyen, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Milla Jovovich and Orlando Bloom

Directed by Paul WS Anderson (Resident Evil), The Three Musketeers is a steampunk reinterpretation of the novel by Alexandre Dumas.

The hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) who comes to 17th century Paris to unite forces with Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Armis (Luke Evans) and Porthos (Ray Stevenson) to defeat a beautiful double agent Milady De Winter (Milla Jovovich) and her villainous employer duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

The Three Musketeers is already released in parts of Europe and the reviews are not favorable. With reviews of poor performances; Lerman is extremely bland as D’Artagnan, comedy moments that fall flat while supposedly cool steampunk elements are just ridiculous.

Margin Call (2011)

Rated: R
Genre(s): Thriller
Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey

J.C. Chandor’s debut movie revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.

It’s ironic that this film expects audiences to shed a tear for the people who started the global economic meltdown considering many of whom have lost their homes or jobs as a result of Wall Street.

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Limited Release
Rated: R
Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
Director: Sean Durkin
Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes

Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

Martha Marcy May Marlene first appeared on radar at the Sundance Festival. This first feature film for Elizabeth Olsen (Mary-Kate and Ashley’s younger sister) has rave reviews on her performance as well as Sean Durkin writer/director feature film debut.

Durkin states he did much research and found the most fascinating story to be that of a cult escapee and what she went through during her first three weeks of freedom.

Johnny English Reborn (2011)

Rated: PG
Genre(s): Adventure, Comedy, Thriller
Director: Oliver Parker
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West

Rowan Atkinson’s follow-up to his 2003 spy spoof Johnny English goes up against international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier.

Having already created poor comedy sequels like Mr. Bean’s Holiday perhaps it’s time to make the Blackadder movie.

 

Glitch in the Grind (2011)

Rated: Not yet Rated
Genre(s): Drama
Director: Eric Leiser
Starring: Jay Masonek, Jeffrey Leiser, Eric Leiser

Glitch in the Grind is about three artists struggling against the grid of society exploring what it means to live as spiritual beings in a world so seemingly devoid of divine connection.

Leiser describes himself as a filmmaker interested in filmmaker as a process capable of spiritual renewal, and Glitch in the Grid has the visual expression of a spiritual journey.

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Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) Rated: R Genre(s): Horror, Mystery Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman Starring: Katie Featherston, Chris Smith, Sprague Grayden and Lauren Bittner Paranormal Activity 3 is actually a prequel showing how siblings Katie (Katie Fertherstone) from the first film and Kristi (Sprague Grayden) in the second, were traumatized in their youth by...