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Some Movies to See this Weekend, September 11, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015 Rob Samuelson

The transition period between summer and fall is not quite complete. This weekend's releases are not the types of things that knock the Academy's socks off, nor are they the things that are expected to bring in stacks of cash at the box office. Each is a bit of a throwback, experiments in genres that have been successful in the past. And each looks like fun. Let's see what's in store for us at the movies this weekend.

The Perfect Guy
Director: David M. Rosenthal
Writer: Tyger Williams
Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut

The '90s psycho-sexual thriller is back. Michael Ealy has been good in mostly supporting roles for the last 15 years in things like Flashforward and Margaret. Now he gets to be the Glenn Close/Sharon Stone part of the equation as the (ironic) title character. Sanaa Lathan is the woman whose heart has broken and she is looking for a person to be with. Enter Ealy in a bar and whoosh, everything goes great until it doesn't anymore. He gets unhinged and violent, beats people up for talking to her, starts threatening her. He becomes the cinematic form of danger, essentially.

There appears to be a home-invasion sequence as the movie's climax, and those are always inherently freaky. When layered with Ealy's charm and danger, that could get pretty good.

The Visit
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan

Two siblings get sent to their grandparents' house for a trip, but things spin out of control. The Visit is being hailed as something of a return to form for writer-director M. Night Shyamalan after a decade of diminishing returns, critically speaking, following his The Sixth Sense-Unbreakable-Signs breakout at the turn of the century.

Made for almost no budget, The Visit takes the tropes of its production company, Paranormal Activity's Blumhouse Productions, and continues down that path of showing the horrors that can be caught by a detached camera. There are some genuine scares in the trailer, and a general sense of unease. It looks good.

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