the house with a clock in its walls review

Eli Roth delivers his first PG-rated film with The House with a Clock in Its Walls, a spooky, amusing horror story for younger viewers. While there’s plenty of gothic atmosphere, and two delightful performances from Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, Roth never quite figures out how to make The House with a Clock in Its Walls tick.

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the house with a clock in its walls early buzz

Eli Roth, splatter-horror filmmaker extraordinaire, directing a kid’s movie headlined by Cate Blanchett and Jack Black? With a team like that, how could The House with a Clock in its Walls possibly turn out? Apparently, exactly how you’d expect it to turn out, according to critics.

Early buzz of the fantasy film adapting John Bellairs’ 1973 children’s novel of the same name says that The House with a Clock in its Walls has all the hallmarks of its family-fantasy genre and none of the hallmarks of director Roth’s gory repertoire. But that’s fine, because with an enthusiastic Blanchett and Black leading the fantasy film, The House with a Clock in its Walls is perfectly attuned to its target demographic — and not much else.

Find out what critics have to say in our round-up of The House with a Clock in its Walls early buzz.

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House With a Clock in Its Walls Eli Roth

Eli Roth isn’t anyone’s idea of a family filmmaker, and yet the director of Cabin Fever has a new PG-rated adventure hitting theaters soon. The House With a Clock in Its Walls is Roth’s first non-R-rated movie, adapted from children’s book of the same name. So how did the guy who made Hostel end up making a family-friendly film? In a new interview, Roth says the progression was natural, and that Clock in Its Walls harkens back to old school Amblin movies.

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Ready Player One was a hit, so could sequels be inevitable? It’s certainly possible, especially now that co-star Olivia Cooke has revealed she’s contracted for more films. Are you ready to return to the OASIS and be bombarded with even more pop culture references and CGI?   Read More »

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Steven Spielberg and Hillary Clinton, two people I’m positive you’ve heard of before, are teaming up for a new TV series. The duo will produce an adaptation of Elaine Weiss‘ recently published book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. More on The Woman’s Hour TV series below.

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First Man sneak peek

If you’re hitting up IMAX theaters for Mission: Impossible – Fallout this weekend (and you absolutely should), you’re in for one giant surprise. A First Man sneak peek will play in IMAX before the film, featuring a never-before-seen trailer for the Neil Armstrong biopic from director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling.

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Say what you will about Jurassic World, one of the highlights of the film was Jake Johnson‘s character Lowery (and his interactions with Lauren Lapkus‘ character Vivian). Johnson’s character didn’t return for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but at one point, there was a chance the character could’ve had a part to play in the recently-released sequel.

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One of the most memorable scenes in Steven Spielberg‘s Ready Player One involves a stunningly accurate recreation of the Overlook Hotel from Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining. Now, Spielberg himself is providing some insight in to the scene, including a very personal connection.

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Indiana Jones and The Crystal Skull

In this edition of sequel bits:

  • Don’t expect to see Super Size Me 2 anytime soon (even though one of the film’s subjects would like you to).
  • J.A. Bayona reveals why he dropped out of World War Z 2.
  • Terry Crews says he won’t be in Expendables 4 due to threats from the film’s producer.
  • Natalie Portman is down for a V for Vendetta sequel.
  • Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy announce It Chapter 2 production.
  • A new poster for The First Purge.
  • The Sicario 2 director reveals why he didn’t consult with Sicario director Denis Villeneuve.
  • Jon Kasdan confirms he’s writing Indiana Jones 5.
  • Platinum Dunes insists they want to make more Friday the 13th films.
  • Jumanji 3 will probably begin filming next year.

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The House With a Clock in Its Walls Trailer

A new House with a Clock in Its Walls trailer is here, and it’s full of charming, spooky fun. The adaptation of John Bellairs‘ book hails from filmmaker Eli Roth, and stars Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. Watch The House With a Clock in Its Walls trailer below.

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