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REVIEW: I Am Mother

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Over the past month I got to enjoy a few movies and am just getting to providing their reviews now, which includes Netflix’s ‘I Am Mother’.

It’s hard to pinpoint the why, but Rose Byrne’s vocal performance as the voice of mother was so fluidly impactful throughout the film that I cannot heap enough praise on how well it fit into the telling of the story.

From her caring and soft tone, even when delivering veiled threats, Mother is a voice that doesn’t show her hand, despite suspicion.

Daughter (Clara Rugaard-Larsen) seems eager to connect with Woman (Hilary Swank) who uses her own tactics of manipulation to steer Daughter where she wants her to go, for her own benefit.

The movie immediately puts the audience on defense, and in the position to judge every interaction, regardless of significance, as they try to decide which party is in the “right” without a true moral compass set in the movie’s environment.

Netflix really hit this one out of the park, because regardless of whom you side with throughout the film the unfolding events really challenge your position, and in the end you cannot help feeling misled in some way, shape or form.

A complete homerun for Netflix, with brilliant performances abound.

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The movie immediately puts the audience on defense, and in the position to judge every interaction, regardless of significance, as they try to decide which party is in the "right" without a true moral compass set in the movie's environment.
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REVIEW: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

This past weekend, and with much anticipation, Andre Ovredal’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ hit theaters.

According to the synopsis: “The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It’s in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah’s spooky home.”

Despite the promising premise, I couldn’t find anything to differentiate this film from the run-of-the-mill Goosebumps installment, which left it lacking in many areas, and buried it so deep in stupidity that not even their strong displays of special effects made this a worthwhile time investment.

I couldn’t find a reason to care about any of the main characters such as Stella (Zoe Margaret Colleti) or Ramon (Michael Garza) because this film simply failed to hold my attention.

Rooted in compelling horror stories that may have done well if done completely different, this fill clunked and bored it’s way from start to finish.

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Eli Roth-Produced ‘Haunt’ Arrives in September

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‘Haunt’, which is a new film produced by Eli Roth and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the writing team behind ‘A Quiet Place’, has dropped a new trailer ahead of it’s arrival.

‘Haunt’ is set to make it’s world premier at Popcorn Frights, and will head to theaters on September 13th.

According to the synopsis: “On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some monsters are real.”

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A Haunted Ship Sets Sail in ‘Mary’

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RLJE Films has dropped a trailer for ‘Mary’, which they recently acquired and have slated for release in theaters, and on digital and VOD on October 11th.

Starring Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer, the movie tells the tale of:

“David (Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship that is up for auction, David impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family’s ticket to happiness and prosperity. But soon after they embark on their maiden journey, strange and frightening events begin to terrorize David and his family, causing them to turn on one another and doubt their own sanity. With tensions high, the ship drifts off course, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that they are being lured to an even greater evil out at sea.”

Check out the official trailer below:

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