In Theaters This Weekend: ‘Paranormal Activity 2’ spooks us, and Clint Eastwood is just plain scary

22 Oct

Halloween is just nine days away, so of course it’s time for scary movies. But despite news earlier this week that a new Scream movie won’t be hitting theaters until April, Hollywood’s got you covered to feed that horror fix. Paranormal Activity 2 is hitting theaters this weekend, and yes, it’s clear they’re trying to squeeze blood from a stone, but it’s still sure to provide some chills. Don’t be surprised if you feel like you’re in familiar closed-circuit TV territory, but the creepy addition of a baby should get the job done.

However, if you really want to be frightened this weekend, go see Hereafter, Clint Eastwood’s new paranormal tender-fest starring Matt Damon as a psychic who speaks with the dead. The movie is sure to be good (c’mon, it’s Clint!), but judging from the trailer, it just looks overly schmaltzy. And why does every psychic have to hold hands to get a read on someone? Why can’t we ever get a psychic that channels through people’s feet?

Other openings: Speaking of Matt Damon, the Will It Suck? pick of the week comes from the limited release grab bag in The Company Men, a recession-era film starring Ben Affleck as a big-time Boston exec that is the first to go on the corporate chopping block. Co-starring a list of Academy Award winners (Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner), this little film should prove to be a heart-warming human interest story, with the ever-busy Affleck continuing to remind us why we liked him in the first place. We’ll just keep pretending his J. Lo/Jersey Girl era was all just a bad dream.

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