‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ Comes Full Circle (***)

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The opening titles for “Insidious: Chapter 2” just read “Insidious.” They’re in flickering red letters accompanied by a cacophony of stringed instruments, just like before. The “Chapter 2” addendum only comes later. That’s because this isn’t so much of a sequel as it is the completion of the first film, each complimenting the other.

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I Watched ‘The Canyons’ So You Don’t Have To

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“The Canyons” is one of those mythical projects you hear echoes about in film circles but never actually expect to see in real life. A film from Paul Schrader, director of “American Gigolo,” written by¬†unabashed curmudgeon Brett Easton Ellis? Starring Lindsay Lohan and sperm magnate James Deen?

Surely that doesn’t exist. Surely that would never be a thing. But it does, and it is.

The film opens with a series of stills of abandoned and closed cinemas of greater Los Angeles — long forgotten evidence of Hollywood’s heyday. They represent a time when going to the movies was an event and not just something you pulled up on your phone while on a long subway ride. If you love film as I do, this thing’s already depressing.

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