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Movie Review

What if ‘Paranormal’ is the new normal?

It takes almost no effort or ingenuity to keep the “Paranormal Activity” franchise going. Same conceit, new home. These are the movies of our times: housing angst, recording devices everywhere, quiet suburban disorder. These are also the movies of our old times: evil that arrives whenever new technology does, when marriages fray, when teenagers need sex, when parents adopt.

The camera in these movies — and in most films seeking the attention of certain young and youngish audiences — is a third, all-seeing eye. Who knows what omnipotent force is editing these weeks and months of footage into 90- and 100-minute comedies and action movies and horror films? Maybe someone’s saving the big reveal for an all-camera-phone “Wizard of Oz.” In the meantime, having the actors seem to do all the cinematography fosters a kind of formal identification: You could have made this!

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