The Raven

(R) ★★☆☆☆

Quoth the raven: “Eh.” Someone in 1849 Baltimore is on a murder spree, riffing on methods of torture and execution depicted in the stories of Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack), whom a local detective (Luke Evans) suspects. Poe’s intended (Alice Eve) believes in her man, certainly more than her disapproving father (Brendan Gleeson) does. While the setup has potential, the suspense and action sequences fail to engage. Cusack has his moments, but an overall yawner.

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(PG-13) ★☆☆☆☆ This deliriously cruddy sci-fi flick is barely watchable. In 2079, Snow (Guy Pearce), an ex-CIA operative, gets strong-armed into a trip to a space station prison that’s been taken over by its inmates. Oh, and the president’s daughter (Maggie Grace) needs rescuing. There’s a great deal of point-blank handgun killings, monotonous pacing, bewildering editing and overall terribleness. It’s as if the Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys paid the filmmakers to make this film for heckling purposes.

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