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Wide releases

Friday, April 19

The Curse of La Llorona is the sixth installment in the Conjuring Universe. (Wait — you didn't know there was a Conjuring Universe?) The titular ghost, known in some quarters as the Weeping Woman, springs from Mexican folklore and provides the basis for this story about a single mother (Linda Cardellini) attempting to protect her two children from a malignant supernatural force. Tony Amendola plays a priest who provides spiritual opposition. James Wan served as one of the producers; Michael Chaves directed.

Also opening Friday: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché; Breaking Habits; Carmine Street Guitars; Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise; Daddy Issues; Drunk Parents; Family; Get Out Your Handkerchiefs; Grass; Hail Satan?; Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse; His Father's Voice; Instant Dreams; Little Woods; Lost & Found; Naples in Veils; Okko's Inn; Rafiki; Red Joan; Stuck; Under the Silver Lake

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