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Changes add and occasionally subtract from the mood of a fine little film, but the overall effect works well.

A generic movie based on an ’80s TV show benefits from his (and others’) good performances.

Ben Kingsley leads terrific voice cast in story of misunderstood creatures aided by brave kids. Grade: A-

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon start another comic journey, but this one turns serious.

Actor-puppet interaction works nicely in Children’s Theatre’s shared premiere.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra opened its season Friday, canvassing the 19th century from the beginnings of Romanticism – Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony – to one of its last vigorous gasps, Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia.” In between came Dvorak’s lone cello concerto, running the emotional gamut from tumult to tranquility.

Kevin Smith’s comic horror movie relies on a strong central performance but has an unfinished feel.

Three good performances keep soggy script afloat.

Star’s weighty presence and Scott Frank’s capable direction spark melodrama to life.

We can see ourselves in this drama about a gay couple thrown into trouble when one gets fired.

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Lawrence Toppman
Lawrence Toppman is a theater critic and culture writer with The Charlotte Observer.