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New in Theaters – 2/3/12

02 Feb

The Woman in Black

A young lawyer (Radcliffe) travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorner woman is terrorizing the locals. — (C) CBS Films

Scott’s Take

Daniel Radcliffe chooses the horror genre for life after Harold Potter.  The Woman in Black looks like it will serve up some decent thrills and sits at a very positive 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.   I will be checking this one out this weekend.

Chronicle

Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

Chronicle looks like it has the chance to be great. Advanced buzz on this film is off the charts.  Look for Chronicle to surprise at the box office this weekend and easily grab the #1 spot.  Do you know anyone who doesn’t want to see this movie?  Im all in!

Big Miracle

Inspired by the true story that captured the hearts of people across the world, the rescue adventure Big Miracle tells the amazing tale of a small town news reporter (John Krasinski) and an animal-loving volunteer (Drew Barrymore) who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. — (C) Universal

Scott’s Take

Aside from the completely mundane title, Big Miracle looks like it has a chance to follow films like Dolphin Tale and Eight Below. This true story about getting a whale back home is a DVD rental from me.  I wonder if a studio would ever have the balls to show a heartwarming story of a whale’s journey back home, only to have the big lug die at the end.  Nah, PETA would be all over that.

The Innkeepers

From director Ti West comes The Innkeepers. Set in the venerable Yankee Pedlar Inn, which is about to shut its doors for good after over a century of service. Believed by many to be one of New England’s “most haunted hotels,” the last remaining employees -Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy)- are determined to uncover proof before it shuts down for good. As the Inn’s final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage “ghost hunters” begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel’s long unexplained history. — (C) Magnet Releasing

Scott’s Take

I recently watched The Innkeepers and I have to say, it creeped me the f out.  It’s very similar in concept to The Woman in Black, so I don’t know why they would throw these two films in the ring against one another. Counter programming fail! Obviously, The Woman in Black has more cache, but The Innkeepers is a really solid frightfest.  Don’t let this one get lost in the shuffle.

Next Week

That’s all for this week. Next week we have Rachel Mcadams in The Vow and Denzel in Safe House. Enjoy your week!

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