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  • Review: 'Stonehearst Asylum' ★★

    Review: 'Stonehearst Asylum' ★★
    In the first scene of the gothic bash "Stonehearst Asylum," a doctor played by Brendan Gleeson gasses on about "the classic symptoms of the chronic hysteric." He may as well be talking about the madhouse genre itself, in addition to the fraught young...
  • Review: 'Listen Up Philip' ★★★★

    Review: 'Listen Up Philip' ★★★★
    As a filmgoer, do you require an admirable, likable protagonist? If you're in league with a large percentage of the populace, the answer is simple: yes. Life's too short to spend it in abrasive company, with characters who test your sympathy or make you...
  • Review: 'John Wick' ★★ 1/2

    Review: 'John Wick' ★★ 1/2
    There are no good guys in "John Wick," but there are some great actors working alongside Keanu Reeves in his darkest and most tormented role yet: a stunningly lethal contract killer who goes on a rampage after a Russian thug kills his dog. Yes, his dog....
  • Digital Audience Ratings: 'Mockingjay' Stunt Unlocks Top Slot, 'Penguins' Pop With Sneak Peek

    Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) - Film, a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film (see the TV version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR - Film measures...
  • 'Ouija' puts the bored in board game

    'Ouija' puts the bored in board game
    * (out of four) Nineteen years after “Jumanji” and two years after the failed “Battleship” (which no one liked but me) comes a big-screen version of “Ouija,” which combines the excitement of annoying horror clich├ęs...
  • Frankenstein's little friend coming to the Pickwick

    Frankenstein's little friend coming to the Pickwick
    Somewhere in rural Switzerland, a town council convenes. They are all men of advanced age and they are grumbling about the state of their village: "Forsaken, desolate and shunned by every traveler, and why? Because of these Frankensteins!" Right? I...
  • 'Why Be Good?' reacquaints moviegoers with a jazz baby to remember

    'Why Be Good?' reacquaints moviegoers with a jazz baby to remember
    Now concluded, and consigned to history's dustbin, the 50th Chicago International Film Festival's most achingly nostalgic moment came shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday. Festival co-founder and artistic director Michael Kutza and historian and critic...
  • The unconventional family that gave birth to Wonder Woman

    The unconventional family that gave birth to Wonder Woman
    Now nearly 73, Wonder Woman has become a relatively uncontroversial cultural icon in her old age, for sale on countless lunch boxes, T-shirts and collectible toys — even gracing the big screen in her very own motion picture slated for 2017. In...
  • A kinder, gentler 'Dance of Death' at A Noise Within

    "No one has the opportunity of tormenting one another as thoroughly as a man and woman who love one another (= hate one another)," Swedish playwright August Strindberg observed with his usual acrimonious relish. His play "The Dance of Death" is a...
  • Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' is a compassionate feat

    Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' is a compassionate feat
    The Metropolitan Opera had a mess on its hands. Hundreds of people stood, or sat in rented wheelchairs, outside Lincoln Center on Monday to protest its production of John Adams' "The Death of Klinghoffer," an operatic depiction of the high-profile...
  • Pentatonix has the pipes, but pop stardom can be tricky

    Pentatonix has the pipes, but pop stardom can be tricky
    The a cappella group Pentatonix is built on the unaccompanied interplay of its five members' voices. But the most remarkable moment in the quintet's concert Monday night — and the most vivid demonstration of its improbable accomplishment —...