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Rogue priest in ‘The Rite’

Fri., May 20, 2011

Available this week on DVD:

“The Rite”: A young American priest experiences a crisis of faith and then goes to Rome to study under a highly unorthodox Catholic exorcist in this half-classy, half-loony supernatural thriller starring Anthony Hopkins. (1:52; PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references) • • 1/2

“The Mechanic”: Terse, tough Jason Statham and twitchy, angsty Ben Foster star in this solemn remake of the 1973 Charles Bronson B movie about an ace assassin and the protégé he reluctantly takes on. Lots of things go kaboom. (1:40; R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity) • •

“The Roommate”: Thriller about a college student who becomes obsessed with her new roommate. Stars Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly lack the acting chops to create the necessary tension. (1:33; PG-13 for violence and menace, sexual content, some language and teen partying) • 1/2


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