The Woman in Black 1.0 stars

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Daniel Radcliffe takes his first (modest) steps away from Harry Potter. Wisely, he does not stray too far: It’s still England, there are still ghosts to deal with, and the setting is still otherworldly. Only here, it’s a haunted house in Victorian times. Director James Watkins gets the rotting look of things just right, and he knows how to build an old-fashioned sense of dread. But perhaps because it’s a Hammer film — remember those? — the film is less artful when it comes to cheap scares and story mechanics. 2012.

Matthew Lickona

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