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Movie Review: 'The Conjuring 2' (2016)

The Conjuring 2 Vera Farmiga Lorraine Warren Warner Bros
Director James Wan returns behind the camera, while actors Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson reprise their roles in front, for this sequel to the 2013 smash. As a lot of sequels do, “The Conjuring 2” leaves America for Europe on its second go-around. So our story picks up in 1977 north London, where a single mom (Frances O’Connor) and her four children are besieged by a poltergeist.

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Movie Review: 'Demolition' (2015)

A lot of how you receive “Demolition” depends on the kind of mood you are in. If you happen to be in a quirky frame of mind, director Jean-Marc Vallee’s follow-up to “Wild” will leave you feeling…a lot of things. There is something to be said for a movie that can take us to various emotional realms and “Demolition” does that without over tipping its hand.

It is a strange movie that much is certain. It is too somber to be funny and too indie to be considered mainstream, dramatic fluff.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as an investment banker who loses his wife, Julia (Heather Lind), in a car accident they are both involved in. This all occurs within the opening minutes of the film. In a shocking reaction to this massive loss, Davis (Gyllenhaal) expresses no grief.

In fact, he registers no emotional response to it, whatsoever. The mystery is whether that is because he does not care, is in shock or is incapable of expressing such strong emotion due to a personality disorder.