“The Haunting in Connecticut” (PG-13): A classy cast (Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Elias Koteas) elevates yet another fact-based, Amityville-style horror movie, about a family’s move to a home near their teenage son’s cancer clinic — which turns out to be a former mortuary with a demonic past.
Dennis Quaid, meanwhile, headlines the horror thriller “The Horsemen” (R), playing a recently widowed detective who discovers a link to suspected serial killers inspired by Biblical prophecies concerning the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Strong female casts dominate two fact-based titles: HBO’s “Grey Gardens” (not rated), with Jennifer Lange and Drew Barrymore as eccentric, reclusive relatives of Jackie Kennedy; and “The Edge of Love” (not rated), with Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller as rivals for legendary poet Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys).
Also debuting today: “Dakota Skye” (not rated), “The Color of Magic” (not rated), “Ménage” (not rated), “Van Wilder: Freshman Year” (R), “Beach Kings” (PG-13), “Journey to the Moon: The 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11” (not rated), “Door Into Silence” (not rated) and the TV transfers (all unrated) of “Ironside: The Best of Season One,” “Leverage: The First Season,” “Mad Men: Season Two,” “Peyton Place: Part Two,” “Tracey Takes On… Complete Seasons 3 & 4,” “Wire in the Blood: The Complete Sixth Season,” “Bewitched: The Complete Eighth Season,” “ER: The Complete 11th Season,” “Tales of Wells Fargo” and “The Guns of Will Sonnett: Complete Seasons 1 & 2.”
The Dead Weather, “Horehound”: Even his side projects are better than most dudes’ full-time bands.
And now, we have another promising new group from White Stripes frontman Jack White.
The Dead Weather sees White on drums, joining forces with sultry The Kills singer Alison Mosshart, Queens of the Stone Age’s Dean Fertita on guitar and White’s fellow Raconteurs bandmate Jack Lawrence on bass.
With after-midnight slow burns fighting for air next to sweat-soaked guitar freakouts, "Horehound” is a dark and moody debut. Their skies may be cloudy, but this storm front is a welcome one nonetheless.
Also in stores: Adelitas Way, “Adelitas Way”; Billy Talent, “Billy Talent III”; Clutch, “Strange Cousins from the West”; Daughtry, “Leave This Town”; DevilDriver, “Pray For Villains”; Joe, “Signature”; La Coka Nostra, “A Brand You Can Trust”; Sick Puppies, “Tri-Polar”; and Twista, “Category F5.”
“Best Friends Forever” by Jennifer Weiner: When Valerie Adler moves across from Addie Down when the girls are 9 years old they become best friends. Their friendship is tarnished during their teen years though when Val becomes a member of the elite and Addie an outcast. Fifteen years later, tragedy reunites the young women, and the bonds of a once-so-strong friendship will again be tested.
Another summer read coming out this week is “The Best of Times” by Penny Vincenzi. After a truck causes a miles-long pileup, survivors wait for help: a cheating husband trapped with his mistress, a widow on her way to reunite with a lost love, a bridegroom on his way to the church, the truck driver who can’t remember what happened and a hitchhiker who knows exactly what happened but has fled the scene. All their stories unfold in this tale about the ripple effects of disaster.
Also hitting shelves this week: “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal” by Ben Mezrich; “Girl in a Blue Dress” by Gaynor Arnold; “Guardian of Lies” by Steve Martini; “In the Heart of the Canyon” by Elisabeth Hyde; “Jericho’s Fall” by Stephen L. Carter; “The Lost Summer” by Kathryn Williams; “Rain Gods” by James Lee Burke; “Sacred Hearts” by Sarah Dunant; “Swimming” by Nicola Keegan; and “Undone” by Karin Slaughter.