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Hand To God

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Once upon a time, a much younger Anthony Hopkins starred in a thriller called Magic—but it's probably more accurate to say he shared the film's billing with an eerie-looking ventriloquist dummy named Fats. Hopkins's character has a magic act that's failing until he adds a ventriloquism bit. Since it's a horror flick, Fats saves the show, then decides to take over the act—and the rest of the magician's life. Robert Askins's 2015 dark comedy applies the same premise to a bunch of high schoolers in a puppet troupe at a small-town church in Texas. Along the way, Askins notes the similarity between the kids' unhinged activities and the longest ventriloquism act in history: the one still playing everywhere, in which people put their own words into the mouth of Jesus. —Byron Woods

Price: $18-$24

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