Fear and the Family: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and The Babadook

December 22, 2014 8:53 PM

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This holiday season when theaters are full of pablum and poseurs, make a pre-New Years resolution to find better films. Start with two small, ambitious, well-told tales garbed as scary movies that leave us w lessons about what it means to be a family, how to cope with loss and how to make an excellent film.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is mesmerizing. Its images stay with you long after the film has whisked you through the grim wasteland of oil drilling, industrial flotsam and working class slums of Iran.

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