Warning: Major SPOILERS for Mother! ahead

Darren Aronofsky’s mother! is virtually guaranteed to be one of the most controversial films of 2017 – unless, of course, nobody actually ends up going to see it. It’s got a lot on its side, however, including plenty of festival buzz, a well-timed (for a horror movie) fall release date, and the presence of popular lead actress Jennifer Lawrence in the title role. While the advertising and early plot descriptions have kept the actual storyline largely secret, the film’s trailers have been designed to give the impression that mother! is something like a home invasion thriller or a haunted house movie (or maybe both?). Many audiences are ...

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