The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - Lily Collins stars as a young girl whose life is upended when she realizes that she's part of a long line of demon-slayers in this Screen Gems adaptation of Cassandra Clare's first book in her series of best-selling novels. Also stars Lena Headey and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
What Maisie Knew - A contemporary re-imagining of Henry James' novel, What Maisie Knew tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for grace in the midst of her parents' bitter custody battle. Told through the eyes of the title's heroine, Maisie navigates this ever-widening turmoil with a six-year-old's innocence, charm and generosity of spirit.
Upstream Color - "Kris (Amy Seimetz) and Jeff (Carruth) get caught in the life cycle of an organism that puts a dent in their lives. The duo and others who come into contact with the creature struggle to make sense of the strange chain of events affecting them." - Excerpt/Review by Cameron Williams at The Popcorn Junkie
V/H/S 2 - Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static-white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil. *Added*
Weekly Recommendation: Having only seen Upstream Color and V/H/S 2 so far this makes it a difficult week to pick. Unless What Maisie Knew (which I really want to see) is incredible, I dare say Shane Carruth's new film will be the top choice. It is extraordinary. A stunning sensory experience with a story that will send you round the bend trying to figure it out. I have heard nothing about The Mortal Instruments and predominantly negative things about Kick Ass 2. I wasn't a big fan of the first film, so my interest has never been piqued for this unnecessary sequel. Surprisingly, I quite liked V/H/S 2 without having seen the direly received first film. It is a bombardment of nasty horrors, but for POV innovation it is an impressive achievement.