Dream House

Rated 3.0

If you’ve seen the so-called teaser for this latest James Sheridan effort, you’ve seen Dream House. Former editor Will (Daniel Craig) is crossing the threshold to living the good life. He’s left behind the big city to move with wife Libby (Rachel Weisz) and a pair of adorable daughters into a small-town fixer-upper. Five years earlier it seems that the father of the previous tenants went all Amityville and whacked his family on the upper landing. The spooked-looking neighbor (Naomi Watts) isn’t forthcoming with the details, any more than the local cops are. And it seems that the suspected killer has just been set loose from the local nut hatch to lurk about, watching the house from the fringe of woods. Sounds pretty familiar, right? Yeah, for about half the running time, Dream House plays with all the conventions and tropes that you’d expect … and then it shifts gears. If you’ve seen the trailer, it’s the point where you’d go, “Well, yeah.” If you haven’t seen the trailer, then you’d probably go, “WTF?” Cinemark 14 and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13