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The Babadook, directed by Jennifer Kent (not rated, 93 minutes) Genuinely unsettling, Australian director Jennifer Kent’s first feature, The Babadook, is an elegant horror film that viewers may find hard to forget.

New this week Northwest Arkansas

Unfriended 78 R Six high school friends are stalked over the Internet by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a bully to kill herself one year earlier.

Thriller spells out fright on desktop

A Google search or an iMessage may seem an unlikely source of dramatic tension for a movie. But the new horror thriller Unfriended takes these routine actions in our daily digital lives and turns them into moments of fear and dread. It's one in a recent spate of horror movies playing out on computer screens that might be likened to the found-footage horror genre that The Blair Witch Project started in 1999. But now the frights rely on an active Skype account and a strong Wi-Fi signal.

True Story

True Story earns its chills not by jolting the audience or by surprising them with developments that come from nowhere. Instead, British director Rupert Goold, making his feature debut, fills the movie with a constant sense of dread and unease. Throughout the movie, details don't add up, characters act oddly and the reasons are unexpected, even when they later become obvious.

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Monkey Kingdom

When you have a movie with this much action, romance, adventure and heart, who needs humans?

COMING MOVIES Northwest Arkansas

(opening dates are tentative) The Age of Adaline, PG-13, Adaline (Blake Lively) ceases to age following an accident, but keeps her condition a secret while embarking on a number of incredible adventures throughout the 20th century.

MovieStyle: An embarrassment of riches

Nine movies are opening in Central Arkansas this Friday, and so MovieStyle is overflowing with content: We've got Piers Marchant's review of the highly anticipated While We're Young, and Dan Lybarger's interview with one of the film's stars, Adam Horovitz, better known as the Beastie Boys’ Ad Rock.

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The doors to horror

Any hack can make a cash-cow scary movie; it takes a fiendish director to make a memorable one

We are clearly nowhere near Halloween; days are getting longer and breezier, not shorter and more chilling, and your nighttime scares naturally are more about running out of skim milk or finding an unfortunate puddle from your puppy on your living room floor than ghouls, blade-wielding psychopaths, or crypto-demons from the seventh plane of hell; and yet, for film studios, the horror film is never terribly far away.

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Furious 7 stomps it at box office

LOS ANGELES -- Furious 7 set box-office records and raced to No. 1 with about a $147 million domestic opening.

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The Longest Ride

Before the screening of The Longest Ride, the theater owner played a YouTube clip of a dog, made up to look like a bull, leaping around as a rag doll rode on its back. As the dog's movement became more frenzied, the doll really did look as if it were holding on for dear life.


Unfriended, R Six high school friends are stalked over the Internet by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a bully to kill herself one year earlier. With Shelley Hennig, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Matthew Bohrer and Heather Sossaman. Directed by Levan Gabriadze. April 17


A raw young soldier, transported to a strange city far from his homeland, gets accidentally left behind enemy lines by his regiment during a riot; wounded, lost and terrified, he becomes a pawn caught up in power struggles between and within opposing factions in a brutal, senseless conflict. That's the plot of '71, a story that could easily be set in any number of contemporary war zones -- Afghanistan, say, or Syria -- but it happens to unfold in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the year indicated by the title.

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Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Reviews like this are always the hardest to write. I love this strange and mysterious movie and I want you to love it too.

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Woman in Gold

Movies collapse more often than they rally. Woman in Gold is the rare film that limps programmatically along for most of its running length before closing in a surprisingly satisfying fashion. It's a shame, because most moviegoers are likely to give up on Simon Curtis' legal melodrama long before its strong finish. But we can at least credit the movie for finally connecting after 90 minutes of predictably earnest brow knitting.

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