‘Fruitvale Station,’ ‘The Conjuring’ and other new movies, reviewed

In this week's new movies, Michael B. Jordan stars in "Fruitvale Station" as Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old man shot and killed by an Oakland transit police officer in 2009. The film receives four stars. Horror flicks “The Conjuring” and “V/H/S/2” receive three stars.


The Weinstein Company - Oscar (Michael B. Jordan) visits with his daughter, Tatiana (Ariana Neal), as “Fruitvale Station” follows him throughout his final day.

Fruitvale Station” (R) “Not only did this somber, meticulously constructed urban drama win big awards at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, but its story — about an unarmed young man who was shot and killed in Oakland in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2009 — has uncannily intersected with last weekend’s verdict regarding the death of Trayvon Martin.” – Ann Hornaday

The Conjuring” (R) “Whatever your belief system, this much is gospel: Movies like “The Conjuring” are less about the battle between God and Satan than the battle between the silly and the scary. In Hollywood, good usually triumphs over evil, if only temporarily.” – Michael O’Sullivan

1/2 “Still Mine” (PG-13) “'Still Mine' involves two stories about building: One concerns a house, the other a relationship. Thematically, each serves the other well.” – Michael O’Sullivan

1/2 “Turbo” (PG) “'Turbo' is a derivative but nevertheless good-hearted movie that’s peppered with enough clever touches to engage adults as well as moviegoers of the smaller, squirmier variety.” – Jen Chaney

1/2 “Red 2” (PG-13) “...while there’s action to spare, much of it looks computer-generated. Neither the first film nor this endeavor seek to represent reality, which explains why no character can be contained by handcuffs and how Frank probably could take down 300 Spartans without a scratch.” – Stephanie Merry

Girl Most Likely” (PG-13) “'Girl Most Likely' is larded with myriad tiny, observant details, from a hilarious moment when Imogene checks her iPhone at a particularly inopportune time to the bedraggled beauty queen with whom she at one point shares a jail cell.” – Ann Hornaday

1/2 “The Rooftop” (Unrated) “Before it veers off course, “The Rooftop” is lively, funny and colorful. The visuals are excellent, with art direction by Yoshihito Akatsuka (“Kill Bill”) and cinematography by the great Mark Lee Ping Bin (“In the Mood for Love”).” –Mark Jenkins

Only God Forgives” (R) “Presumably, “Only God Forgives” will manage to find its share of dedicated viewers — in this case, people turned on by lurid, neon-colored nightscapes, Asian martial arts, graphic brutality, body horror and the perverse thrill of hearing English rose Kristin Scott Thomas deliver arias of vulgar verbal abuse.” –Ann Hornaday

V/H/S/2” (Unrated) “Both “V/H/S” films are experimental anthologies that offer thin excuses for name-brand horror directors to test demented ideas in blood-soaked short films. But the pedigree of the filmmakers recruited for this second effort impresses, helping the individual stories graduate beyond the shock-and-slash antics of the original film.” – Sean O’Connell

"More Than Honey" (Unrated) "It’s an informative, if slightly unstructured, narrative, yet it plays more like a horror story. And it’s not because of the frequent close-up shots, often in slo-mo, that show the film’s hairy, bug-eyed subjects writhing in heaps one minute and swarming the camera the next." – Michael O'Sullivan

Macy L. Freeman is an editorial aide for the Weekend/Going Out Guide section at The Washington Post.
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