Scream 4 (R)

★★☆☆☆

I scream, you scream, we all scream for … more Scream? The fourth installment of the seminal ’90s horror franchise (and the first in more than a decade) follows poor Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), now a best-selling author, as yet another copycat killer in an Edvard Munch-inspired mask picks off her nearest and dearest. The formula no longer feels fresh, but at least Ghostface knows enough to call victims on their smartphones now.

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