New in Theaters: 'Insidious: Chapter 2,' 'The Family'

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This batch of new releases seems to promise another sleepy weekend in the box office—the two movies coming out today have received a lukewarm-at-best reaction from critics, and are not predicted to pull in a whole lot of revenues over the weekend.

One of today’s releases is the sequel to a horror film that is reputed to be one of the scariest of all time—Insidious: Chapter 2. The film continues in the vein of a haunted household and the parents’ struggle to untangle the secrets that continue to cause ghostly mischief to plague their family.

If this sounds like a haphazard continuation of a more well-thought horror film, then you’re in good company—many critics are saying the same thing, which caused the film to rate at 40% on the Tomatometer. The film consists of a half-baked script and predictable scares; ultimately, critics say, it is a disappointment. Nevertheless, the Box Office Guru predicts weekend revenues of $27 million for the film.

Also coming out today is a similarly dark film, but of the comedic variety: The Family tells of a former member of the mob boss (Robert De Niro) and his family (Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo) relocated to France by a Witness Protection agent (Tommy Lee Jones) that find adjusting to non-mob life a little difficult. This naturally makes their cover a little fragile, and hijinks ensue.

Unfortunately, critics were not impressed with this release, either—the film currently sits at 32% on Rotten Tomatoes. The script, critics say, suits the premise, and the cast portray the characters admirably, but the central idea of the film is too trite to merit a higher rating. Its weekend gross is predicted to be in the neighborhood of $9 million.

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