'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' -- 2 stars

<b>R; 1:40 running time</b><br><br>
Filmed in and around Melbourne, Australia (standing in for somewhere in the eastern U.S.), we're back in the mansion containing nasty little homunculi in the sub-basement region, though they're bold enough to venture upstairs now and then. Guy Pearce plays a preoccupied architect renovating the house; Katie Holmes is his girlfriend. A key character has been added for the remake, the architect's daughter, played by Bailee Madison. This unhappy girl, adjusting to her divorced parents' new lives, hears the whispered, hissing invitations of the monsters when no one else can. As in del Toro's widely admired "Pan's Labyrinth," the young girl must navigate her way to safety, while convincing her elders that she's not vindictive, a liar or losing her mind. -- Michael Phillips<br><br>Read the <a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/sc-mov-0823-dont-be-afraid-of-the-dar20110826,0,2690075.column>full review</a>

R; 1:40 running time

Filmed in and around Melbourne, Australia (standing in for somewhere in the eastern U.S.), we're back in the mansion containing nasty little homunculi in the sub-basement region, though they're bold enough to venture upstairs now and then. Guy Pearce plays a preoccupied architect renovating the house; Katie Holmes is his girlfriend. A key character has been added for the remake, the architect's daughter, played by Bailee Madison. This unhappy girl, adjusting to her divorced parents' new lives, hears the whispered, hissing invitations of the monsters when no one else can. As in del Toro's widely admired "Pan's Labyrinth," the young girl must navigate her way to safety, while convincing her elders that she's not vindictive, a liar or losing her mind. -- Michael Phillips

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