Matthew Lickona 9:30 a.m., Jan. 18
The Quiet Ones
Whatever promise Oren Moverman’s (The Messenger) co-screenwriting credit held is quickly dashed in another undistinguished five-characters-in-a-haunted-house spooktravaganza. Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne play Renfield(s) to Jared Harris’ mad genius, a college professor bent on ridding the world of psychosocial behavior, one possessed foster child in a white hospital gown with stringy black hair partially obscuring her face at a time. Any film that that relies on a dozen or so abrupt, Dolby 7.1-enhanced blasts of audio to startle the audience has no business calling itself The Quiet Ones. If this is all Hammer Films can do to reinvent their brand, the once renowned house of horror would be better off hammering the coffin shut and continue allowing their reputation to precede them. John Pogue ( U.S. Marshalls) directs with Olivia Cooke as (mental) patient zero and Sam Claflin as our on-screen 16mm chronicler. 2014.