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‘Sinister’ just bland tedium

Ethan Hawke plays true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt in “Sinister.” (Summit Entertainment)
Ethan Hawke plays true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt in “Sinister.” (Summit Entertainment)
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There are three ways to generate scares in a horror film — smart writing, a creepy filming style or an interesting creature. The better these elements, the better the film.

“Sinister” fails on all three counts.

Let’s start with the writing. Ethan Hawke, who once had a promising career, plays true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt. He’s so hungry to regain the fame and fortune he had with a major best-seller 10 years ago that he’s ...

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