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The Rite

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Hopkins has fun with this below-par possession chiller

The Rite review

No spinning heads, no pea soup, no crucifixes inserted where the sun don’t shine… The Rite is Exorcist-lite, so God Squad-friendly it could be Vatican-sponsored.

Colin O’Donoghue plays a doubting-Thomas trainee inducted into the exorcism trade by Anthony Hopkins’ sarcastic demon-spurner as they battle a body-popping, possessed, pregnant teen.

It’s a Sweet’N Low horror movie too obsessed with the mainstream to dare scare us.

Hopkins is flamboyantly cracked, supping below-par lines like they’re a full-bodied Chianti rather than utter drivel: talk about blind faith.

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