HAPPY DEATH DAY
This movie takes the concept of Groundhog Day and fuses it with horror, but it never completely rises above the slasher trope of the sorority girl who is punished for her promiscuity with the business end of a butcher’s knife. College student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) wakes up on her birthday, treats everyone in her life terribly, and is ultimately murdered by an attacker in a cartoonish baby mask. Then she wakes up again. She must relive the day repeatedly until she solves the mystery of who her attacker is and how to avoid being killed. Despite the grisly repetition, there are curiously few scares and not many laughs. The movie breezily skates by on the merits of its mildly clever recycled premise. Rated PG-13. 96 minutes. Regal Stadium 14.