Martha Marcy May Marlene – Review by Diana Saenger

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The beginning of the psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene is compelling. Quiet serene scenes of an East Coast woodsy town speak volumes that something is not right in what viewers are about to discover. Any chills on the arms are soon dead on as we’re brought into the world of Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) as she plans a getaway from the cult where she’s been a captive. Elizabeth Olsen gives a wonderful performance here, but I had several probems with this film, especailly the nonending. If the audience isn’t allowed to write the beginning of a movie, why should we have to write the end? Read more>>

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Diana Saenger

Diana Saenger, entertainment editor of the East County Gazette, also reviews film and theater for San Diego Suburban newspapers, her Saenger Syndicate sites and and others. A 2008 "Woman of the Year" for CA's 77th District, roving film historian and author of 3 books, she has interviewed more than 400 A-list celebrities and filmmakers.