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'Hereditary' review: Toni Collette reveals a sixth sense for icy terror

'Hereditary' review: Toni Collette reveals a sixth sense for icy terror

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, as Tolstoy noted in a sentence so right, by the time you started arguing with it “Anna Karenina” was off and suffering.

If Tolstoy got a look at “Hereditary,” he might’ve added: “Well. There’s unhappy, and then there’s grief-stricken-hideously cruel-unholy family secrets-horror movie-unhappy.”

The latter is the dwelling place of director Ari Aster’s fiendish feature debut. Not everything in “Hereditary” fits together; its rhythm is a little off in its second half (at 127 minutes, it feels slightly attenuated), and it’s clear Aster wanted to throw a little bit of everything, from seances to...

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