Paranormal Activity 3

(R) ★★★☆☆

Modest, low-fi horror continues to find a friend in the cheapo but very shrewd Paranormal franchise. In this prequel, we get to know Toby, the unseen demonic frenemy haunting a young family. The cross-cutting between three surveillance camera setups—one near the kitchen, one in the girls’ bedroom, one in the adults’ bedroom—is more aggressive than in the first two films. These movies are not works of genius, but they are wily reminders of the virtues of restraint when you’re out for a scare.

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Foster the People

By Craig A. Nyman

A buzz electrified the casino hours before the band of the moment would take the stage. And why not? The indie hotshots were getting ready to play the last stop on their I Feel Good tour. Descending upon the Boulevard Pool was a legion of fans. They expected one gigantic dance party, and that’s exactly what they got. In what was a very short but powerful 10-song set, Foster the People grabbed the capacity crowd with “Houdini” and “Miss You,” songs that shot the energy level sky-high—fans jumped, waved hands and sang at the top of their lungs.

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