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Hereditary

Toni Collette plays Annie Graham – a wife, mother of two kids, and artist who builds miniature dioramas of houses that are just odd and detailed enough to be kind of creepy. Annie’s mother has just passed away and shortly afterward, Annie’s odd-duck daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) starts to act even weirder than she normally does – which is pretty weird.

Poster for the family-in-peril thriller HereditaryAdditionally, her son Peter (Alex Wolff) starts having panic attacks when he’s not trying to numb his feelings with weed. And then there’s Gabriel Byrne as Steve, the stoic husband and father trying to hold everything together by ignoring the domestic nightmare unspooling around him.

But it’s Collette who we – and the camera – keep coming back to. She’s amazing, grounding what most people might dismiss as just a “scary movie” with real dramatic power and force. She makes us feel in our marrow what it’s like to be a mother losing control of her family – and maybe her mind.

– Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

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