Scott Marks 12:30 p.m., July 26
Insidious: Chapter 3
First it's unpleasant, then it's boring. The idea was okay: take the spiritual medium from the first two Insidious movies, and explore her backstory. I mean, she's kind of an important figure, and her job isn't exactly easy, what with all the restless demons out there. Why does she keep doing it? How did she get started? Maybe she's got some great tragedy in her past! Yeah! Oh, but wait. Almost forgot: we gotta have a pretty teenager at the heart of things. You know, for the kids. I mean, this is Insidious. Jump scares and creepy effects are what they do. Kid stuff. The result is simply awful. The jump scares are there, and one or two nifty visuals, but not much else. There's certainly none of the human feeling that might have made this a compelling ghost story. And the climax stoops to action-movie hijinks that are just plain goofy, given the combatants. The best you can hope for is an interesting discussion afterwards about what they could have done with the supernatural scenario they set up. 2015.