Inspired, by a 2004 newspaper article detailing the "bad luck" felt by various folks who possessed a Holocaust-era box, "The Possession" has an perfunctory "Amityville Horror" feel to it. It’s as if, like that film and "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," the filmmakers thought their "based on a true story" claim was all the credibility it needed, a story freighted with extra frights simply because it is "true."
(PG-13, 90 minutes)
— Roger Moore, McClatchy
2016: Obama's America
"2016: Obama’s America," which promises to demystify the president — "Love him, hate him, now you know him" is one of its tag lines — but does more to illuminate its filmmaker, Dinesh D’Souza, and his ego instead.
The conservative author, who wrote and directed the film with John Sullivan, draws liberally from his book "The Roots of Obama’s Rage." The book, in turn, draws on the author’s life — how he left his native India to study in America and how those disparate experiences shaped his political point of view. (PG, 90 minutes)
—Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
Hit and Run
This fun little car-chase comedy that’s quite infectious — the good time clearly had by the filmmakers rubs off on the audience. Done on a tiny budget, the movie’s stunts and chases are nothing much, but the lack of resources steers the story away from action and toward the characters, who are wry, irreverent, even endearing. (R, 99 minutes)
Director David Koepp produces a thrill ride; an enjoyable, two-wheeled action film and flashy ode to the subculture of urban couriers. It’s a silly movie predicated on a simple premise, but it’s satisfying B-movie entertainment that moves with the swiftness of a Schwinn. (PG-13, 91 minutes)
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG, 104 minutes)
The Expendables 2 (R, 103 minutes)
ParaNorman (PG, 92 minutes)
Hope Springs (PG-13, 99 minutes)
The Campaign (R, 84 minutes)
The Dark Knight Rises, Ice Age: Continental Drift.