By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 2, 2012 at 12:44PM
This week, your best bets for weekend theater-going are all films that aim to thrill and chill. While Madonna's "W.E" has failed to get much critical support -- one critic dubbed it "a royal disaster" -- it may be worth the trip to check out Andrea Riseborough's breakout performance. The UK's "The Woman in Black," starring "Harry Potter"'s Daniel Radcliffe, as well as SXSW horror hits "Kill List" and "The Innkeepers," are nabbing upbeat reviews. Ti West's entertaining "Innkeepers" is being hailed as an ode to old-school horror. Details, reviews and trailers below:
"The Woman in Black" CBS Films, UK/CAN/SWE | Dir: James Watkins; Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer, Shaun Dooley, Alisa Khazanova | 88% Tomatometer | iW | Variety: "Fittingly for the first film shot in England in 35 years to bear the Hammer banner, The Woman in Black competently resurrects that hoariest of horror-movie conceits, the haunted house."
"W.E" The Weinstein Co., UK | Dir: Madonna; Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, Natalie Dormer, James D'Arcy, Richard Coyle, Annabelle Wallis | 19% Tomatometer | iW | Salon: "You can't call 'W.E' a total disaster; it's too pretty, too nonsensical and finally too insignificant for that."
"The Innkeepers" Magnet Releasing, USA | Dir: Ti West; Cast: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Alison Bartlett, Jake Schlueter, Kelly McGillis, Lena Dunham | 75% Tomatometer | iW | Village Voice: "In a genre lately given to gluttonous effects, West is the rare minimalist."
"Kill List" IFC, UK | Dir: Ben Wheatley; Cast: Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Harry Simpson, Michael Smiley | 79% Tomatometer | iW | JoBlo: "A new classic to fit in among the hallowed ranks of 'The Wicker Man' and 'The Shining.'"