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Brightburn

Messy, gory and numbing slaughter that tries to meld the creation myth of the "Superman" saga with the demon-spawn story of "The Omen." A boy (Jackson A. Dunn) on the cusp of adolescence, who has arrived in his Kansas town from somewhere in outer space, slowly discovers he has immense strength and a desire to kill, quickly terrorizing his neighbors, classmates and parents. Director David Yarovesky and screenwriters Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn have not provided an underlying psychological message, or an allegory about troubled adolescence. It's just a sloppy horror tale best missed.

Watch out for: A warped sense of moral values, pervasive gore, fleeting rough language and profanities.

Rated: O, morally offensive; MPAA: R

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