Get ready to get scared silly or get shot at, without getting drenched in fake blood.
This weekend's likely box-office champ is "Red 2," the gun-heavy sequel to the 2010 hit. Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker return for this tale of retired assassins (Willis and Malkovich), this time having to bounce around the globe to clear their names in regards to a Soviet nuke plot. Byung-hun Lee ("G.I. Joe"), Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins join the cast, but there's a lot less fun this time around. (There is a ridiculously high body count for a PG-13 movie, though.)
"The Conjuring" is an old-school haunted-house thriller, made with a lot of care and not very much gore by director James Wan ("Saw," "Insidious"). When a family reports strange doings in a Rhode Island country house, it's up to real-life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) to figure out what's going on. The chills are well-paced, and the performances by Farmiga and by Lili Taylor (as the family's wife and mom) are affecting.