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Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis breathe the miracle of life into the dark motherhood story of 'Tully'

Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis breathe the miracle of life into the dark motherhood story of 'Tully'

“Tully”: unusually hard-edged family dramedy or straight-up domestic horror flick? A few parents might find themselves wondering not long after Marlo (a terrific Charlize Theron), who doesn’t seem to have slept in years, gives birth to her third child.

As the 4 a.m. feedings begin (again), the director, Jason Reitman, unleashes a tour de force montage that seems to last minutes, if not hours, a rapid-fire assault of leaky nipples and discarded diapers: Pump, nurse, change, toss, repeat. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you’ll reach instinctively for your wet wipes.

The story actually begins a few days before Marlo goes into labor, letting us observe the cycle of drudgery that...

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