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Damage control for mother!

 BRIAN GASPAREK, 24 HOURS

Mother! (Special Presentations): “I want to make a paradise,” Jennifer Lawrence says in the trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s dark psychological horror. Co-starring Javier Bardem, the latest from the director of Black Swan examines a couple whose relationship is tested when two unexpected – and uninvited – guests show up at their country home.
First screening: Sunday, Sept. 10, 9:15 p.m. – Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre

Mother! (Special Presentations): “I want to make a paradise,” Jennifer Lawrence says in the trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s dark psychological horror. Co-starring Javier Bardem, the latest from the director of Black Swan examines a couple whose relationship is tested when two unexpected – and uninvited – guests show up at their country home. First screening: Sunday, Sept. 10, 9:15 p.m. – Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre

THE BIG STORY:

Darren's Damage Control

Following its TIFF premiere and a full week of wide release, the divided critical reception that Darren Aronofsky's mother! first received seems to be quickly changing into widespread disgust and detraction. In fact, the film has turned so many people off that Paramount Pictures is now attempting to use the movie's mass negativity as a marketing ploy in TV spots, coaxing moviegoers into experiencing the film's disturbing, divisive insanity first hand. That's a new one. Aronofsky is clearly feeling the backlash from disgusted audiences, as he has been defending the film's merit this week. But his explanation of the flick being just an extreme metaphor for the bible and humanity's treatment of mother earth feels a little too thin for its nonsensical showcase of graphic female abuse, gratuitous violence, repulsive infant cannibalism, and, albeit slightly less so, the tainting of one of our favourite SNL legends. (If you've seen it, you know what I mean.) It goes too far.

I love Aronofsky's previous work, but I'm one of the people put off by mother! I'm ready to forget about this movie's existence and move on. I highly recommend you do the same.

FLICK HITS:

Andy teases Jessica

It director Andrés Muschietti either wants to help make our sequel dream casting a reality, or he's the world's biggest tease. This week the director agreed that Jessica Chastain would make the perfect adult Beverly in It 2, and essentially said that the part is hers if she wants it. According to Muschietti, "Jessi is an amazing actress and very good friend and I would love her to play Beverly. Yeah, she loves the movie and it feels like the planets are aligned in that sense, but we still have to make that happen. There are a lot of ideas for the rest of the cast that I'm playing with, but it's a bit too premature to say those names right now." Come on, Andy. We all want it. Please make it happen.

Vintage Terminator

The next Terminator movie is finally taking shape, and it's going to be classic in every sense of the word. Not only are James Cameron (returning to produce and guide the story) and Arnold Schwarzenegger on board, Cameron just announced that his ex-wife Linda Hamilton is also going to reprise her role as Sarah Connor after a quarter century away from the franchise. When announcing her return, Cameron said, "As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it's going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she's become return." Hell yeah it is. Cameron also confirmed that this film is going to be a sequel to Judgment Day. Fancy that, we may actually get another solid Terminator movie in this lifetime.

Tepid Tomb Raider

The first trailer for March's Tomb Raider reboot (glamorously based on the 2013 video game reboot) was revealed this week, and it felt completely underwhelming. Despite starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft (mostly writhing in dirt, water and sweat), some stunning cinematography and an intentionally grittier tone than Angelina's flicks, I found the first look to be a resounding 'meh.'There's so much potential for this rebooted series to become a badass, female Indiana Jones, and I really hope they don't squander it. Let's hope the next teaser offering is more excitable. Stream it and see if you agree.

BEST AND WORST IN THEATRES:

Not so golden: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

I know, this is so disappointing. Critics are saying that despite The Golden Circle delivering on the same quality of high-octane action, excitement and oneliners as 2014's Kingsman, this sequel is waterlogged. Its plot is thin and predictable, and the whole film borders on being uncreative and flat. Hopefully, they can get the franchise back to good for the inevitable third offering (and spinoffs). Save your viewing for a lazy weekend on the couch this winter.

Lousy request: Friend Request

I swore we already lived through this garbage horror flick, but apparently, I was thinking of 2016's Unfriended. According to critics, this movie is even worse. It's packed full of forgettable characters, tired scares and a throwaway script. It's basically the rehashing of any other sub-average horror cliché, updated to include social media. The real scare is if you actually waste your money on it.

Ninjago see it with the kids: The Lego Ninjago Movie

Critics are saying that The Lego Ninjago Movie, unfortunately, isn't The Lego Movie or The Lego Batman Movie, but it still packs some of the familyfriendly laughs and entertainment that you would expect from the Lego series. (However, the humour this time is strictly for the kids.) Although it feels formulaic following its predecessors, it's still your best option for weekend family viewing.