Ma (2019)
First screened in November 2019
Director: Tate Taylor. Cast: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, McKaley Miller, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo, Dante Brown, Luke Evans, Tanyell Waivers, Heather Marie Pate, Tate Taylor, Missi Pyle, Allison Janney, Dominic Burgess, Kyanna Simone Simpson, Skyler Joy, Andrew Matthew Welch, Nicole Carpenter. Screenplay: Scotty Landes.

Twitter Capsule: Misery, Get Out, Wolf Creek, and Hello, My Name Is Doris get blotto on so much cheap punch they can't tell each other apart.

Second Capsule: If Spencer's gonna/gotta make crazy shit, let it embrace what it is and be tonally cuckoo, filthy with switchblades and smiles.

Third Capsule: "Would you mind buying this for my friends and I?" Horror/comedy about a woman seeking revenge on behalf of objective pronouns.

VOR:   Minor, but fascinating race dynamics, and neat double-allegory of adults craving love and restitution and kids demanding consequence-free hedonism.

Photo © 2019 Blumhouse Productions/Wyolah Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

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