Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (15) MADE on a shoestring budget by writer-director Oren Peli, the original Paranormal Activity became a global sensation in 2007, scaring the living daylights out of audiences to the tune of $185m worldwide. Three prequels and sequels have followed, with Paranormal Activity 5 pencilled in for Halloween 2014.

In the meantime, Christopher Landon writes and directs this bridging chapter which centres on ill-fated teenager Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) and his friends, who attend a party in an apartment block where the downstairs neighbour has perished in suspicious circumstances. The youngsters head to the flat of the deceased, where they discover ephemera usually associated with black magic rituals, and a videotape linked to the original film that provides grim viewing for Jesse.

The young man discovers bite marks on his arm and senses that he is being watched. As fear and paranoia take hold, Jesse discovers that he has been chosen to fulfil a grim destiny that tips the balance of power in favour of the forces of evil.

ALL IS LOST (12A) THE film opens on a July 13, approximately 1,700 nautical miles from the Sumatra Straits, with an unnamed sailor (Robert Redford, pictured right) preparing to surrender his soul to the sea.

We glide back in time eight days to find the same sailor midway through a voyage across the Indian Ocean. His 39-foot yacht collides with a wayward metal container, which has been shed from a cargo vessel. The yacht's hull is breached but the captain patches up his craft and continues his journey.

Mother Nature is cruel though, and throws up a storm that batters the boat and leaves the sailor with dwindling food and water supplies. As sharks circle the stricken vessel, the sailor must use celestial navigation to chart a course back to humanity via the nearby shipping lanes. …

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