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The Uninvited

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Despite the PG-13 rating, The Uninvited isn’t your typical teen-oriented fright flick. Directed with care and subtlety by the Guard Brothers, this remake of the Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters comes very close to being a top-notch psychological thriller. Anna (Emily Browning) has just returned home after spending some time in an asylum recovering from the trauma of her mother’s death. Once home, she and her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) take an instant dislike to dad’s (David Strathairn) new girlfriend Rachael (Elizabeth Banks). Those sentiments are only reinforced when it seems like mom’s ghost is trying to tell Anna that her death wasn’t an accident. The tale is gripping for the most part, but ultimately it becomes bogged down in twists and turns at the expense of satisfying storytelling. Rather than elicit the kind of surprise the filmmakers intended, the conclusion is only good for a groan. That’s too bad, because otherwise there’s a lot to like here. HH 1/2

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