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Reviews: The Elliott clan inhabits 'Clara's Ghost,' Ron Perlman plays a hitman in 'Asher' and other movies

Reviews: The Elliott clan inhabits 'Clara's Ghost,' Ron Perlman plays a hitman in 'Asher' and other movies

‘Clara’s Ghost’

About halfway through the psychodrama “Clara’s Ghost,” the emotionally fragile Clara Reynolds — played by Paula Niedert Elliott — is squirming through dinner with her needy, competitive daughters and husband, when she slowly scrapes a long fingernail against the table, until it breaks. This scene is the essence of “Clara’s Ghost,” a film that keeps raising the discomfort-level, scene by scene, daring to risk losing the audience if something snaps.

Granted, the movie won’t be everyone’s idea of a good time. But given how many American independent films prioritize being adorably quirky, there’s something refreshing about one that would rather be bruising …...

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