'Ballyturk' review: Enda Walsh's life-and-death puzzle

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'Ballyturk' review: Enda Walsh's life-and-death puzzle
There are flashes when the play is funny and sad. But mostly it’s a mystery.
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Film Review: ‘A Woman Captured’

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Film Review: ‘A Woman Captured’
For long stretches of “A Woman Captured,” Hungarian docmaker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter’s clammily harrowing, gradually hopeful debut feature, it’s hard to look past the time- and toil-ravaged face of the woman in question. Literally so, in one sense. Tuza-Ritter keeps the camera so claustrophobically close to her subject, a  single mother trapped for over a decade […]
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Film Review: ‘Acts of Violence’

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Film Review: ‘Acts of Violence’
In vigilante fantasy “Acts of Violence,” it doesn’t matter how many of the titular acts occur — or how many people get killed, “bad” and “good” — so long as the goal is righteous, not to mention self-righteous. If a dozen or two folks die en route to a kidnap victim being rescued, well, that’s […]
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‘John Lithgow: Stories By Heart’ review: sweet but slight

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‘John Lithgow: Stories By Heart’ review: sweet but slight
John Lithgow’s one-man show has lots of heart, but a weak pulse.
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‘Disco Pigs’ review: Enda Walsh breakout play at Irish Rep

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‘Disco Pigs’ review: Enda Walsh breakout play at Irish Rep
Irish playwright Enda Walsh’s breakthrough play still jolts in a 20th anniversary revival from London.
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‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 Review: The Dark Anthology Series Returns to Netflix

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‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 Review: The Dark Anthology Series Returns to Netflix
Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker’s dark, twisted, technology-driven Twilight Zone riff, is about return to Netflix for yet another season of woe and punishment. There’s a cold cosmic justice at work in Black Mirror; a sense that any transgression, no matter how mundane, will be met with the bleakest of punishments. It can often make for […]
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Film Review: Liam Neeson in ‘The Commuter’

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Film Review: Liam Neeson in ‘The Commuter’
There has, thus far, been a pleasing interchangeability to the titles in the banging, clattering action oeuvre cultivated by Liam Neeson and Spanish genre maestro Jaume Collet-Serra. “Unknown,” “Non-Stop” and “Run All Night” sound so tersely generic as to be slyly ironic, and that hint of playing-dumb humor extends to their gleefully absurd thriller mechanics: […]
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‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’ review: a puzzling patchwork

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‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’ review: a puzzling patchwork
Tony nominee Robert Fairchild is the marquee name in the stitched-together production.
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Film Review: ‘Kaleidoscope’

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Film Review: ‘Kaleidoscope’
The eponymous optical instrument gets a full symbolic workout in “Kaleidoscope,” an intricately crafted, infinitely wrongfooting psychological thriller in which conflicting realities coalesce, diverge and regroup like so many shifting formations of jewel-colored glass. A sharply styled debut feature for British writer-director Rupert Jones, this extended exercise in artful obfuscation feels the considerable benefit of […]
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‘In the Fade’ review: Diane Kruger raw, real in revenge thriller

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‘In the Fade’ review: Diane Kruger raw, real in revenge thriller
3.5 stars “In the Fade” With Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar. Revenge is a dish best served — by a grieving widow.
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Concert Review: Jay-Z Rolls Out Deep Cuts for Star-Studded Crowd at ‘4:44’ Tour Finale in L.A.

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Concert Review: Jay-Z Rolls Out Deep Cuts for Star-Studded Crowd at ‘4:44’ Tour Finale in L.A.
Ever since he returned from premature retirement in 2006, much of Jay-Z’s recorded and onstage output has served as an extended victory lap. From his evolution into a live performer on par with classic rock’s great touring workhorses to his continual recounting of his own accomplishments on record, Shawn Carter has largely spent the last […]
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Film Review: ‘The Thousand Faces of Dunjia’

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Film Review: ‘The Thousand Faces of Dunjia’
Bloated with visual effects, martial artists combat and amorous shenanigans, the one thing missing in “The Thousand Faces of Dunjia” is a comedic touch, which might have made this elaborate blockbuster more appealing. Written and produced by Tsui Hark, and directed by Yuen Woo-ping, this action fantasy about a secret society of fighters with magic […]
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‘Farinelli and the King’ review: Mark Rylance returns to Broadway

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‘Farinelli and the King’ review: Mark Rylance returns to Broadway
The play follows Phillipe V, an 18th century king who was out of his mind, and an Italian castrato, whose voice was out of this world.
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Film Review: ‘Ethel & Ernest’

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Film Review: ‘Ethel & Ernest’
“There was nothing extraordinary about my mum and dad, nothing dramatic,” says Raymond Briggs during the brief live-action prologue to “Ethel & Ernest.” Truer words were never said, even if they’re among very few words not directly taken from the graphic-novel source in Roger Mainwood’s scrupulously faithful adaptation of that slender 1998 tome. This animated […]
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TV Review: Kit Harington in HBO’s ‘Gunpowder’

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TV Review: Kit Harington in HBO’s ‘Gunpowder’
For his first major foray into producing, Kit Harington stayed fairly close to the kind of story “Game of Thrones” fans are used to seeing him in. Harington, who plays Jon Snow in the HBO drama, both stars and serves as a co-executive producer for “Gunpowder,” a solid and generally capable three-part series about the […]
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'The Children' review: Doomsday drama opens on Broadway

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'The Children' review: Doomsday drama opens on Broadway
Lucy Kirkwood’s slow-moving but thought-provoking drama concerns legacies and how the past always catches up with the present.
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Film Review: ‘The Rape Of Recy Taylor’

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Film Review: ‘The Rape Of Recy Taylor’
If there’s one thing the past year has demonstrated, it’s that American society is not as modern as we thought. In fact, just in the last month, we’ve seen that gender and racial issues still plague the state of Alabama, so Nancy Buirski’s accessible but uneven documentary “The Rape of Recy Taylor” — about the […]
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TV Review: ‘Knightfall’ on History

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TV Review: ‘Knightfall’ on History
The flood of dramas featuring hordes of bearded men fighting with swords will not stop any time soon, certainly not for at least a decade after “Game of Thrones” goes off the air. Some of the shows commissioned in the wake of the Westeros phenomenon are actually quite good. History’s “Vikings” is one of the […]
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'SpongeBob SquarePants' delights on Broadway — theater review

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'SpongeBob SquarePants' delights on Broadway  — theater review
A volcano about to erupt sends Bikini Bottom residents scurrying — and SpongeBob SquarePants into hero mode in the new Broadway musical.
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