“The Curse of La Llorona” (Warner Bros.) constitutes an intense but problematic horror story. Director Michael Chaves’ often-effective addition to the universe of the “Conjuring” franchise elicits its fair share of starts.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Few people can ever have taken those words of Jesus, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, quite as literally as Joyce Smith, the real-life figure at the heart of the faith-affirming drama “Breakthrough” (Fox 2000).
What might have been an effective film interpretation of a somewhat grounded college romance in Anna Todd’s best-selling “new adult” novel “After” (Aviron) sadly turns into a parade of wooden archetypes.
Near the end of “Hellboy” (Lionsgate), the titular character (David Harbour), who has been churning out mordant wit amid the abundant blood and guts involved in fighting noisily evil monsters and staving off the Apocalypse, remarks, “Doesn’t anyone ever stay buried around here?”
“The Best of Enemies” (STX) is an appealing fact-based drama that promotes humane values and Gospel-guided behavior. On that basis, many parents may consider it a rewarding film for older teens, the inclusion of some mature material notwithstanding.