The Conjuring

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Demons get a presumption of truth and the run of the plot, while the solemn rite of exorcism is reduced to a kind of voodoo practiced by entrepreneurial ghostbusters with dubious credentials in cobwebbed New England basements. Director James Wan and screenwriters Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes limn the story of one family's struggle with evil spirits taking over their household, aided by real-life "demonologists" Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

Watch out for: A skewed view of Catholic faith practices, intense action sequences, mild gore, fleeting profanity, and intense but nonviolent scenes involving children.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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