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Bless the Child

Satanist Rufus Sewell bickers with angelic aunt Kim Basinger over the fate of her six-year-old niece (Holliston Coleman), whose healing powers he hopes to harness for evil. Horrendous dialogue and horrific directing dominate this thriller, in which Coleman's performance shines by default. One bit of philosophizing is as pointless as everything else: FBI agent Jimmy Smits, who makes the connection between Sewell's cult and some missing children, is about to leave a nearly deserted police station when he encounters a janitor. “I don't know how you do this kind of work day after day—it's got to wear down a man's spirit,” says the janitor, contemplating the photographs of several murder victims as he empties wastebaskets with both hands. Chuck Russell (The Mask) directed a screenplay by Tom Rickman, Clifford Green, and Ellen Green, based on a novel by Cathy Cash Spellman. 110 min.

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