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When “Serena” was announced three years ago, it sounded like a guaranteed Oscar nominee. North Carolinians took special note, because the story is set in our mountains.

Charlotte Symphony, Oratorio Singers prove solemnity and energy can go together.

Farrelly brothers’ return to Lloyd and Harry after 20 years has more plot, less sheer dopiness.

Film’s gritty look at unhappy teenagers floundering to find themselves wins us over.

Story of a talented drummer and a vicious teacher finally loses the courage of its convictions.

Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell remain the lone reasons to see this romantic comedy.

Disney’s fall outing has energy, wit and an unusual message.

‘Interstellar’ soars until its ending, but the confusion of the last 20 minutes doesn’t erase memories of Christopher Nolan’s impressive work up to that point.

Broadway Lights tour brings a bulked-up version that still relies on charmed lovers.

Thursday’s concert delivers a grand version of Richard Strauss, but to a small audience. Performances continue Friday and Saturday nights.

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