The Possession

(PG-13) ★★☆☆☆

If you only see one Jewish demonic possession movie this year, make it this one. Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars as Clyde, a newly divorced coach who is trying to keep up with his daughters. Unfortunately, he hits the wrong garage sale, and Emily (Natasha Calis) buys an odd wooden box that just so happens to have a dybbuk (aka demon!) inside. Naturally, Emily starts acting increasingly odd, and the box starts emitting moths. There is some good spooky suspense here, but the possessed isn’t the only one rolling its eyes in this one.

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Sparkle

By Tribune Media Services

(PG-13) ★★★☆☆ Already known as Whitney Houston’s swan song, this remake of the original actually works. Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) is one-third of a singing sister act who writes her own material and has to hide it from her God-fearing mother (Houston). The mother, Emma, is a heartbroken vocalist, who chased her dreams at a young age but ran into bad luck and worse men. With deft direction and pleasantly restrained dramatics, as well as the performances, the film does its source material proud.

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