Intruders (2012). Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Starring Clive Owen, Clarice van Houten, Daniel BrÁ¼hl, Pilar LÁ³pez de Ayala, Ella Purnell, IzÁ¡n Corchero, Kerry Fox.

Everyone loves a good boogie man movie, right? When I went into this film, I didn’t realize that’s what it was going to turn out to be. The story seems pretty basic: two children who live in different countries are harassed by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them — specifically, it wants their faces. But it turns out to be a much more complicated story of guilt, regret, and the consequences of trying to escape your past. It’s a fine movie, if a little convoluted, and Clive Owen turns in a good performance. But the real star of this movie is Ella Purnell, who does a wonderful job as Owen’s daughter, Mia. That girl is going to be a real star one day very soon.

I don’t think this is a very scary film, but you might, so give it a go. If nothing else, you’ll be watching two hours of a brooding Clive Owen and that’s never a bad thing.

The Woman In Black (2012). Directed by James Watkins. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Shaun Dooley, CiarÁ¡n Hinds, Mary Stockley.

I love a good old-timey haunted house movie, so I was actually kind of excited about this one. I’ve never seen a single Harry Potter film, so this was actually my first non-SNL encounter with Daniel Radcliffe’s acting and he’s…fine. This movie is fine. It’s not scary, but it’s very atmospheric and creepy and sometimes that’s all a haunted house movie needs to be. But this one could’ve been so much better. It just misses the mark, and that’s a bummer. I did very much enjoy the performances of Janet McTeer and CiarÁ¡n Hinds, and I think Radcliffe has potential in a post-Harry Potter world, but I don’t think this was the role for him. I just didn’t buy him as a grieving widower. The strength in his performance comes from the fact that he does a pretty good job of being scared all the time and I don’t know what that says.

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Kelly Stitzel

After shutting down her own blog, Looking at Them, in mid-2008, Kelly migrated over to Popdose, bringing with her Soundtrack Saturday, the most popular column from her old site. Kelly makes a living as a fashion and marketing copywriter, which takes up a lot of her time. However, when she is able to write about things that have nothing to do with her day job, she contributes reviews and musings on music, film and a variety of other topics. In addition to Soundtrack Saturday, columns she's written include Filminism and Pulling Rank.

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