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Lite’s Review Room – Weekend Movies: “The Woman In Black” “Big Miracle”

As another weekend approaches Harry Potter is back in theaters, but not as Harry Potter and some whales need saving.

Our Queen of the Silver Screen, Julie Fisk, is a member of the DFW Film Critics Association and saw our first movie of the week.

Woman In Black

“The Woman in Black” stars Daniel Radcliffe as a lawyer traveling to a remote village, where the townspeople are terrorized by an angry ghost. I’ll be honest. The only reason I watched this movie was to see what Daniel Radcliff had chosen as his first post-Harry Potter film project. Sadly, I wasn’t impressed.

Daniel plays a lawyer sent to a creepy and isolated village to sort out the legal matters of an even creepier and MORE isolated estate. Along the way he discovers a murder mystery and a ghost who apparently can’t stand kids. This whole movie is just an excuse to have Daniel Radcliff stumble around a haunted house and say ridiculous things like, “No, I’ll just spend the night here.”

The haunted house itself is recycled from every haunted house movie made in the past 30 years, and so are the scares. Not that “The Woman in Black” doesn’t have its chilling moments. I watched quite a bit of it through my fingers. This will be a great movie to watch at home around Halloween, but is it worth the chunk of change you’ll pay at the theater? Not so much.

That’s why I’m giving “The Woman in Black” a C. Plus I really expected for more from Daniel Radcliffe. It seems like he’d have his pick of interesting movies after Harry Potter. Why did he end up in this rehashed ghost story? Next time, I hope he takes a bigger risk.

Daniel’s got a great sense of humor. He was hilarious on Saturday Night Live recently. Maybe he can work that into his next project. Certainly the man who played Casey Anthony’s DOG could pull of a comedy.

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