Does “The Conjuring 2” conjure fright? “Now You See Me 2” worth seeing? Popcorn Bag Movie Reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Summer is often the time Hollywood's greatest films hit theaters, but FOX 4 film critic Russ Simmons says he hopes this week's release are not the best he sees all summer.



Warner Brothers


If director James Wan had worked in the Golden Age of Hollywood, he might have made musicals. His camera work is more like choreography than direction. But it’s that showy style that makes his horror entry “The Conjuring 2” work as well as it does.

The entire creative team behind the hit chiller “The Conjuring” is back, telling the so-called true story of a supernatural event. While there are more than a few genuinely creepy moments in this tale of demonic possession, there are a couple of unintentionally funny ones, too.

While overlong and derivative, “The Conjuring 2” is a generally effective creepfest that should conjure up good box office numbers.

Shawn says: "The Conjuring 2" is a terrific horror movie. Maybe the best horror sequel ever. It won't scare you to death but it is suspenseful and creepy enough to cause you to lose sleep. The old school vibe adds tension and gives the movie a retro vibe.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags


2) NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (PG-13)



“Now You See Me 2” is yet another sequel to a surprise box office hit. Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and their band of vigilante magicians are back exposing corporate corruption, but this time biting off more than they can chew.

There’s plenty of visual razzle-dazzle, but the filmmakers have outwitted themselves with an absurd, maze-like plot that’s just too tricky for its own good.

Shawn says: In many ways better than the original. The plot gets a bit tricky but you may not see a more exciting movie all summer. And check out Lizzy Kaplan. She's new to the party but sets every scene she's in on fire. She's an added bonus.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags



Sony Pictures Classics


Ever been to a movie where you wanted to slap some sense into every character on the screen? “Maggie’s Plan” is one of those offbeat screwball comedies where very smart people do very dumb things. Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore are part of a love triangle among academics and their antics play a bit like an old Woody Allen flick. You’ll either be charmed or bored. I was the latter.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags


Also opening this week, “Warcraft” is the latest video game adapted into a big screen adventure. It’s directed by Duncan Jones, the creative force behind the quirky sci-fi flicks “Source Code” and “Moon.”

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