Contagion

(R) ★★☆☆☆

If you’ve ever wanted to see Gwyneth Paltrow die a horrible death, you’ll love Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion … for the first 10 minutes, anyway. The rest of this pandemic virus disaster flick falls flat, thanks to an overstuffed cast (Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Marion Cottilard) without much to do and a plot that’s more concerned with its complex intersections than with creating a real sense of fear.

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Remaking this 1973 made-for-TV movie may have been a miscalculation by producer/co-writer Guillermo del Toro. Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes play a couple renovating a spooky mansion with nasty little neighbors in the basement. Bailee Madison plays Pearce’s daughter, a girl who hears the whispered invitations of the monsters when no one else can. This effort is fairly good at best.

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