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  • Must she die? In Victory Theatre's funny 'Resolving Hedda,' an Ibsen character tries to defy fate

    Must she die? In Victory Theatre's funny 'Resolving Hedda,' an Ibsen character tries to defy fate

    Henrik Ibsen: Ahead of his time. Father of modern drama. Often considered an early male feminist for confronting the constraints on women in the 19th century. The title character of one of his plays has a bone to pick with him, though. Hedda Gabler has had enough of being strong and uncompromising...

  • The Moviegoer, Oct. 22-28

    The Moviegoer, Oct. 22-28

    The Nightmare Before Christmas Tim Burton’s beloved stop-motion animated tale about Pumpkin King Jack Skellington, melancholy rag-doll Sally, and the mischievous Lock, Shock and Barrell, became an instant Halloween classic upon its 1993 release despite Jack’s yearning to be more of a Christmas...

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  • 'The Strange Ones' is an odyssey and a mystery

    'The Strange Ones' is an odyssey and a mystery

    “The Strange Ones” is a mysterious puzzle box of a film, anchored by a quietly mesmerizing performance by James Freedson-Jackson as a young boy on the road with an older companion. A bearded and bulked-up Alex Pettyfer is nearly unrecognizable as his traveling buddy, whom we’re never sure is a...

  • Found footage in 'Jane' leads to an incredible love story in new Goodall documentary

    Found footage in 'Jane' leads to an incredible love story in new Goodall documentary

    Three love stories unfold in “Jane,” Brett Morgen’s stirring portrait of conservationist Jane Goodall. The first is the director’s respect and affection for his octogenarian subject. Embraced in the clear, honeyed light of Ellen Kuras’ cinematography, Goodall comes across as vibrantly plainspoken...

  • Documentary 'Deliver Us' observes a present-day Sicilian exorcist

    Documentary 'Deliver Us' observes a present-day Sicilian exorcist

    Although Federica Di Giacomo’s documentary “Deliver Us” is being released during the Halloween season, this film about real-life Catholic exorcisms doesn’t count as a horror movie — except maybe to viewers who get weirded out by human despair or irrational religious fervor. The primary subject...

  • Fires rage in 'Only the Brave,' but cliches pour cold water on the real-life drama

    Fires rage in 'Only the Brave,' but cliches pour cold water on the real-life drama

    There is something about Hollywood that loves a fire. From 1903's "Life of an American Fireman" to the burning of Atlanta in "Gone With the Wind" to more contemporary epics like "Backdraft" and "The Towering Inferno," setting things ablaze has always seemed a sure way to an audience's heart. What...

  • '78/52' brilliantly, obsessively breaks down shower scene in 'Psycho'

    '78/52' brilliantly, obsessively breaks down shower scene in 'Psycho'

    Obsessive but accessible, the deepest dive imaginable into one of the most celebrated scenes in movie history, the documentary "78/52" looks at a brief three minutes of cinema the way it’s never been looked at before. Though not everyone would agree with director Alexandre O. Philippe’s contention...

  • Well-made pulp 'Leatherface' delves into the 'Chain Saw' back story

    Like a lot of long-running horror franchises, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” series has become a tangle of rehashes and reboots — mostly dire and uninspired. So gore-hounds should be happy to hear that the new film “Leatherface” is the best “Chain Saw” movie that doesn’t have “Directed by Tobe...

  • Exceptional Mireille Enos stars in sexy, shadowy thriller 'Never Here'

    Exceptional Mireille Enos stars in sexy, shadowy thriller 'Never Here'

    Artful and atmospheric to the max, “Never Here” is a study in personality disintegration dressed up as a whodunit. The film marks an auspicious debut for writer-director Camille Thoman and a fitting valedictory for the late, great Sam Shepard, whose final screen performance exemplifies his offhand...

  • Japanese animated film 'A Silent Voice: The Movie' shines a potent light on bullying

    Japanese animated film 'A Silent Voice: The Movie' shines a potent light on bullying

    Naoko Yamada’s “A Silent Voice: The Movie,” which won the 2017 Japanese Movie Critics Award for Best Animation, presents an unflinching depiction of the cruelty children inflict on each other. Shoya Ishida (voiced by Miyu Irino) is the most obnoxious boy in his sixth-grade class: He goofs off,...

  • Entertaining portrait of iconic gay artist in biopic 'Tom of Finland'

    Entertaining portrait of iconic gay artist in biopic 'Tom of Finland'

    For its first half, the biopic “Tom of Finland” proves an immersive, handsomely crafted look at how famed gay Finnish illustrator Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) came to create his fetishistic drawings of hyper-masculine, leather-clad men that would become a gay porn staple and eventually fill coffee...

  • With 'Wonderstruck,' Todd Haynes and his creative team unite eras

    With 'Wonderstruck,' Todd Haynes and his creative team unite eras

    “Wonderstruck” is a film that takes place in two time periods, 50 years apart. In 1927, a young girl travels alone to New York City; in 1977, a young boy does the same. The mysterious connection between their stories becomes the movie’s driving force. What the picture also united was a creative...

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