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Dark Skies

Tagline: Once you’ve been chosen, you belong to them.

Considering that the producer of Dark Skies is also responsible for Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister, it’s hardly surprising that Dark Skies is a supernatural thriller.

A young family in the suburbs, Daniel and Lacey Barret (Josh Hamilton and Keri Russell) keep noticing odd events involving their family. Could they possibly be targeted by something or someone not of this world? We shall simply leave the question hanging.

And we’ll pretty much have to leave it hanging because the distinct lack of reviews cannot be considered a positive sign for Dark Skies. The only two notices aren’t exactly encouraging. “Instead of a slow build, Dark Skies is more of a slow leak,” zings Blu-ray.com. And Movie Nation, which conceding that Dark Skies is “a passably chilling bit of nonsense that builds on the past, the tropes of the genre,” nevertheless concludes that “what’s missing is the empathy, the sense of parents terrified for their kids, a terror that the viewer should and would share, if only we’d been given more reason to care or a surer sense that they do.”

MORE: Why Paranormal Activity Is A Horror Phenomenon

NewsFeed’s Flicks Pick: Even if we had a better steer as regards critical opinion, Dark Skies would have had to have garnered some pretty positive feedback to knock Snitch from our choice of this week’s new releases.

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