It’s easy to assume that the best way to judge a horror film is to determine how scary it is, but that’s easier said than done. While it’s possible to nail down core attributes and figure out what doesn’t work or is easy to brush off, everyone experiences fear differently, and everyone is scared by different things.
This week, we begin in Northern England:
A family get-together starts out strange and quickly enters nightmare territory in TheVisit, a horror-thriller that turns soiled adult diapers into a motif. Told from a camera-equipped kids’-eye-view, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest is well cast and strong on setting. But the dull thudding that resounds isn’t part of its effective aural design; it’s the ungainly landing of nearly every shock and joke.
This week, we begin on the road:
This week, we begin in front of the TV:
MANILA, Philippines — The Filipino-American co-director of the box-office hit Inside Out says it’s a dream come true for him to be sharing with Filipinos the animated film he helped create.
A man who can stretch his limbs to obscene lengths. His best friend, a rock monster. A woman who can turn invisible and create force fields. Her brother, quite literally on fire. The Fantastic Four made their debut in November 1962 as a serial Marvel comic book and since then have skirted on the edge of relevance.
Cherami Leigh stars as Anne Wells in Beyond the Farthest Star , an inspirational film with Christian themes. The 2013 film is scheduled for a single screening at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Cinemark Denton, 2825 Wind River Lane. The screening is contingent on the reservation of at least 76 tickets. To see the film — which is said to have inspired one of the last sketches Thomas Kinkade (“The Painter of Light”) produced before his sudden death in 2012 — reserve a $10 ticket by visiting http://gathr.us/screening/12628. The film is about the reconciliation between a teenage girl, Anne, and her pastor father. Rated PG-13, 113 minutes.
LOS ANGELES — If you live in the United States, you probably don’t know Omar Sy by name. But chances are, you’ve seen him.
Fear the man with “FEAR NO MAN” tattooed across his back. This is the nerve-jangling tattoo inked into Billy Hope’s skin, and it’s exactly how he fights in the ring. He’s a hungry pit bull who feeds off getting the pulp beat out of him before landing his final blow for a knockout victory.
Cinemark Denton continues its summer movie clubhouse — a series of daytime second-run family movies especially for young audiences. Tickets to each screening cost $1 per person. At 9:30 a.m. today, the cinema at Denton’s Unicorn Lake will roll the 2011 animated feature, Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked . Alvin, Simon and Theodore set sail on a ocean cruise with their faithful human friend, Dave. But they accidentally go overboard and are marooned on a tropical island. Somehow, R&B pop music (Destiny’s Child, Willow Smith and Lady Gaga) reinterpreted in the helium-voiced medium of the chipmunks makes the predicament better. Rated G, 87 minutes. Up on July 29-30: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days .
The Cohen Film Collection continues its admirable practice of rescuing and releasing, or re-releasing in some cases, overlooked foreign nuggets.
CAIRO — In Lawrence of Arabia, Omar Sharif is first seen in the distance, a speck in the swirling desert sand. As he draws closer, he emerges first as a black figure on a galloping camel, slowly transforming into a handsome, dark-eyed figure with a gap-tooth smile. It wasn’t unlike the Egyptian-born actor’s debut in Hollywood.