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The Darkness
The Darkness

New movies in theaters this week include “The Darkness” (where scary things happen) and “Money Monster” (beautiful people battle an unhinged investor). Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters this week.

THE DARKNESS

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some disturbing violence, brief sensuality and language | In Theaters 5/13 | Ok for Kids 14+ | High Top Releasing | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

From the director of the cult classic “Wolf Creek,” Greg McLean, comes this supernatural thriller. As a family returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon, they innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys on their own fears and vulnerabilities.

It threatens to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences. Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, Lucy Fry and David Mazouz star in this horror flick.

MONEY MONSTER

Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality and brief violence | In Theaters 5/13 | Ok for Kids 17+ | TriStar/Sony | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

In this high stakes thriller, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty. The pair find themselves in an explosive situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O’Connell) forcefully takes over their studio.

During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets. Directed by Jodie Foster, this movie also stars Giancarlo Esposito and Dominic West.

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Jane Boursaw is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Images in this feature used courtesy of the studios and distributors.

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