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Film review

'Mama' gives good scares without becoming gruesome

Annabel (Jessica Chastain) tries to protect Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse) and Victoria (Megan Charpentier) in the supernatural thriller “Mama.”
Annabel (Jessica Chastain) tries to protect Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse) and Victoria (Megan Charpentier) in the supernatural thriller “Mama.”
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Jessica Chastain looks like Joan Jett in “Mama” — short black hair, tattooed, a rock ’n’ roller who hangs up her studded belt to become surrogate mother to a pair of deeply traumatized little girls. An effectively spooky ghost story with Guillermo del Toro’s imprimatur (he’s executive producer), “Mama” is every adoptive parent’s nightmare: What if the children you bring home start eating moths and toilet paper, and won’t come out from under the bed? ...


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