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  • 'Batman: The Killing Joke' stuns with $3.8 million in two-day-only theater run

    'Batman: The Killing Joke' stuns with $3.8 million in two-day-only theater run

    “Batman: The Killing Joke,” the animated picture from Warner Bros. and Fathom Events, was produced to be a home-video production. But after the decision to release the picture in a little more than 1,300 theaters for two days only, it made an impressive estimated $3.8 million. “We’re thrilled and...

  • Danish horror film 'Shelley' unleashes the terrors of pregnancy

    Danish horror film 'Shelley' unleashes the terrors of pregnancy

    It’s no “Rosemary’s Baby” — or even “It’s Alive” — but the Danish supernatural thriller “Shelley” is a fair addition to the “natal horror” genre. Writer-director Ali Abbasi’s debut feature takes too long to intensify, but down the stretch it’s as disturbing as the scariest chapters of “What to...

  • Crime drama depicts Cleveland as 'The Land' without hope

    Crime drama depicts Cleveland as 'The Land' without hope

    Some sports fans call Cleveland “Believeland” because of the city’s devotion to teams that never win (the recent Cavaliers championship aside). Writer-director Steven Caple Jr.’s indie crime drama “The Land” drops the “believe,” which fits his take on inner-city Cleveland as a community without...

  • 'Childhood of a Leader' spins wintry tale around the formation of a fascist mind

    'Childhood of a Leader' spins wintry tale around the formation of a fascist mind

    “The Childhood of a Leader” is a chilly — and chilling — political thriller by way of a provocative domestic chamber piece. Strikingly mounted, lighted, shot and scored, this tense, decidedly arty film marks a bravura feature directing debut for young American actor Brady Corbet (“Melancholia,”...

  • Comedians ask 'Can We Take a Joke?' in a documentary on political correctness

    Comedians ask 'Can We Take a Joke?' in a documentary on political correctness

    Considering all that’s been going on in the world lately, it’s probably not the most opportune moment for the arrival of a documentary about stand-up comedians struggling against the constraints of political correctness. Taking aim against that seemingly growing faction of society it calls “the...

  • Snack Trax: Music acts Warhol.ss, Abra and Keith Ape embrace psychedelic music genre

    Snack Trax: Music acts Warhol.ss, Abra and Keith Ape embrace psychedelic music genre

    It’s a little hard to describe the appeal of vaporwave as a music genre. Endlessly looped bits of Diana Ross and slowed-down Japanese commercial muzak isn’t exactly Top 40 material. But visually, vaporwave aesthetics — like VHS filters, random ’80s objects and psychedelic colors — have been sneaking...

  • Bad decisions lead to female connections in 'Tallulah'

    Bad decisions lead to female connections in 'Tallulah'

    Themes of motherhood, abandonment, loss, family and female identity are plumbed to their depths in Sian Heder’s feature directorial debut, “Tallulah.” Heder, a writer for “Orange Is the New Black,” reached into her own life experiences to write and direct the film, starring Ellen Page in the titular...

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