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Weekend Preview: Horror Rules the Weekend with 'Woman in Black,' 'Kill List' and 'Innkeepers'; Madonna's 'W.E' Lands

Thompson on Hollywood 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:
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"The Woman in Black" | "Kill List" | "The Innkeepers" | "W.E"
"The Woman in Black" | "Kill List" | "The Innkeepers" | "W.E"

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.'"


 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.