The Ward It's been a while since John Carpenter directed a movie. (The last one was 2001's Ghosts of Mars .) While he does bring his trademark… The Ward It's been a while since John Carpenter directed a movie. (The last one was 2001's Ghosts of Mars .) While he does bring his trademark… 2011-07-08 R PT88M Horror Mystery and Thriller Jared Harris Amber Heard Arc Entertainment
Movie Review

The Ward (2011)

MPAA Rating: R
Amber Heard | DEMENTED TEENAGERS Amber Heard (holding the knife), Laura-Leigh in The Ward
DEMENTED TEENAGERS Amber Heard (holding the knife), Laura-Leigh in The Ward
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Jul 08, 2011; Rated: R; Length: 88 Minutes; Genres: Horror, Mystery and Thriller; With: Jared Harris and Amber Heard; Distributor: Arc Entertainment

It's been a while since John Carpenter directed a movie. (The last one was 2001's Ghosts of Mars.) While he does bring his trademark craftsmanship to this snake-pit mental-asylum thriller, the picture has too many old-movie bits rattling around in it. It's set in the '60s and stars Amber Heard (looking out of period) as a fire starter who lands in a ward with half a dozen other demented teenage girls. Basically, this is a ghost story merged with a slasher film and sealed with a Shutter Island twist. But at least Carpenter the spook-meister knows how to goose you. B–

Originally posted Jun 29, 2011 Published in issue #1162-1163 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Jan 25 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
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3.
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4.
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5.
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6.
The Imitation Game
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$7.1 9 $60.6 B+
7.
Strange Magic
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$5.5 1 $5.5 NA
8.
Selma
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$5.5 5 $39.2 A
9.
Mortdecai
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$4.1 1 $4.1 C-
10.
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