The Apparition

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Mostly bloodless, in both a good and bad sense, writer-director Todd Lincoln's derivative house of horrors tale - his feature debut - avoids offending but fails to engage. An otherworldly entity unleashed in a parapsychology experiment returns to haunt one of the participants (Sebastian Stan) and his live-in girlfriend (Ashley Greene) who knows nothing of her partner's past dabbling in the occult. Grownups will easily dismiss metaphysical gobbledygook of the H.P. Lovecraft variety spouted by another survivor of the seance (Tom Felton). But sometimes inept dialogue and generic characters behaving in unlikely ways blunt any potential impact.

Watch out for: Minimal violence and gore, cohabitation, a brief, nongraphic bedroom scene, blurred upper female and partial nudity, a couple of crude words, at least one crass term and fleeting innuendo.

Rated: A-III - adults; MPAA: PG-13 - parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13

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