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Movie review: 'American Mary' wields a creepy surgical knife
Movie review: 'American Mary' wields a creepy surgical knife

"American Mary" is a deceptively benign title for a movie filled with so many sick puppies, twisted sisters and horrific images. But the joke is ultimately on the audience as writer-director siblings Jen and Sylvia Soska allow their film to turn slack and unfocused after an enticingly lurid, wickedly tense first half. Channeling bits of vintage David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma, the Soskas set their bizarro tale against the outre world of body modification. And it's into this freaky secret society that Mary (Katharine Isabelle, quite good), a broke, cucumber cool — but conveniently hot — med student, stumbles after she performs an impromptu backroom surgery...

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