The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

Dull haunted house tale in which one of the caretakers (Phoebe Fox) of a group of children (most prominently Oaklee Pendergast) evacuated from World War II London during the Blitz is troubled by strange events in the lonely, decrepit country mansion that serves as the refugees' temporary dwelling. With the help of her newfound sweetheart (Jeremy Irvine), an RAF pilot based nearby, she researches the estate's past for clues about the supernatural persona currently threatening her charges. Director Tom Harper's follow-up to the 2012 original tones down the earlier film's theme of children lured to suicide, and Jon Croker's screenplay excludes all objectionable language. Yet, while their mostly decorous follow-up provides the occasional start, it fails to excite much interest.

Watch out for: Fleeting gore, imperiled children, some potentially disturbing images, references to out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

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

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