By MICHAEL GINGOLD
There’s a whole group of malevolent puppets creating the fear in this movie.
Open Road releases SEPARATION to theaters April 30. Directed by William Brent Bell (THE BOY and its sequel) from a script by Nick Amadeus and Josh Braun, it stars Rupert Friend, Brian Cox, Madeline Brewer, Mamie Gummer, Violet McGraw. The synopsis: “8-year-old Jenny [McGraw] is constantly caught in the middle of the feuding between her lawyer mother Maggie [Gummer] and artist father Jeff [Friend]. She leads a lonely but imaginative life, surrounded by puppets called ‘Grisly Kin,’ which are based on the works of her father. When Maggie is tragically killed in a hit-and-run, Jeff and Jenny try to piece together a new life. But when Maggie’s father [Cox] sues for custody, and babysitter Samantha [Brewer] tries to be the new woman of the house, life in their Brooklyn townhome takes a dark turn. The puppets and frightening characters come to life and Jenny is the only person who can see them. When the motives of the ghoulish creatures become clear, the lives of everyone are put very much in jeopardy.”