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Review: 'Mama' is the best big-screen ghost story since 'Insidious'

3:30 PM, Jan. 16, 2013
From left, Jessica Chastain, Isabelle Nelisse and Megan Charpentier prove that you don't have to be partying teenagers at a summer camp to run into true horror in 'Mama.'
From left, Jessica Chastain, Isabelle Nelisse and Megan Charpentier prove that you don't have to be partying teenagers at a summer camp to run into true horror in 'Mama.'
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"Mama" breaks a lot of horror movie rules, right off the proverbial bat.

It gives us a long back-story opening, and brings up much more back story as the tale progresses.

It over-explains. It reveals its supernatural menace, not just in glimpses, but full on, and early on. There's never any doubt that this might be all in somebody's head. ...

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