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By now, the hijinks of the late paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) have reached a point where the cases explored in a series of horror movies pretty much exist in their own universe. That’s probably because the alleged real life cases were scary, but not necessarily leap-out-of-your-seat-and-head-for-the-nearest-confessional scary as depicted in the movies about them.
So, yes, because a great deal of skill has been employed in their production, “The Conjuring” films do manage to dig up a fair amount of chills and thrills to keep some audiences up at night, especially since they like to use the oft-used but erroneous tagline, “based on a true story.”
Director Simon Stone’s recreation of the work to uncover a significant archaeological discovery bears spending time with for the sheer joy of watching a talented ensemble raise the bar simply by being understated. The film is based upon the 2007 novel by John Preston, which aimed to bring the characters to life after the failure of historical documentation to make them appear to be more than names on a page.
Although director Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” is one of the more fascinating films to come along in a while and is probably best seen in a movie theater for the ultimate experience, in some ways the fact we can see it via streaming services so we can stop and rewind makes it a bit easier to understand. However, when I first saw it on Vudu, I watched it straight through and then for the sake of this review I rewatched it for the rewinds.