‘The Gift’ is a smart thriller (Our grade: B)

This photo provided by STX Productions LLC shows, Rebecca Hall, left, and Jason Bateman, in a scene from the film, "The Gift." The movie opens in US. theaters on Aug. 7, 2015.  (Matt Kennedy/STX Productions, LLC via AP)

This photo provided by STX Productions LLC shows, Rebecca Hall, left, and Jason Bateman, in a scene from the film, “The Gift.” The movie opens in US. theaters on Aug. 7, 2015. (Matt Kennedy/STX Productions, LLC via AP)

Rick Bently – The Fresno Bee

“The Gift” is old-fashioned in the way it conjures up scares. It’s filled with creepy characters who are one emotional jolt from going over the edge, scares that come more through psychological twists and more plot curves than in a Major League Baseball game.

It doesn’t rely on the loud orchestration of a creepy soundtrack, bloody images or ghastly scenarios to move the audience. Its Hitchcockian approach creates tension. You won’t go running from the theater, but you will look at the person sitting next to you in a very different way.

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