“THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA”

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Though it doesn’t have “The Con­jur­ing” in its ti­tle, this thriller is part of that hor­ror fran­chise, telling the tale of a woman (Pa­tri­cia Ve­lasquez) who tries to pro­tect her sons from a su­per­nat­u­ral force in mid1970s Los An­ge­les. A so­cial worker (Linda Cardellini) tries to help, but she ul­ti­mately finds her­self an­other tar­get of the sin­is­ter spirit known as La Llorona, which dates back to 19th-cen­tury Mex­ico. The film was writ­ten by Gary Dauber­man, the writer-di­rec­tor of the lat­est of the “Annabelle” movies, which also be­long to the so-called Con­jur­ing Uni­verse. Tony Amen­dola, who ap­peared in the orig­i­nal “Annabelle” tale, reprises his role from that here. DVD ex­tras: three “mak­ing-of” doc­u­men­taries; deleted scenes; sto­ry­boards. ★★★ (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu­ray and On De­mand)

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