Monday, April 14, 2014

Movies - Martha Marcy May Marlene and The Awakening

Some movies to avoid/watch:
Martha Marcy May Marlene with Elizabeth Olsen, the Olsen twins' younger sister. A talented performer, Olsen can't save this pretentious snoozer. A mixed up twenty-something escapes from a Manson-type cult and moves in with her estranged sister and her husband. No plot, no ending and nothing to say. How this drivel was reviewed positively, or even made, eludes me.


On the other hand, The Awakening was a fun adult horror movie. This is a complex story about family, repressed memory and creepy ghosts. In 1921, supernatural debunker Florence Cathcart visits a boys boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Working with the always dependable Dominic West, they quickly solve the mystery, only to have another one come along that's bigger and spookier. Multiple twists and turns with some good jumpy scares, this is a great gore-less horror flick for grownups. It doesn't hurt that star Rebecca Hall is a very beautiful woman.


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