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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.

Competent Dennis Lehane crime drama enlivened by two top-shelf performances. Grade: B

Except for fun songs from the movie, stage musical remains generic and unmemorable.

Timely world premiere at Actor’s Theatre joins the national dialogue about race.

Movie about two oldsters touring Iceland has mild humor and emotion but misses many of its opportunities. Grade: C+

Citizens of the Universe does a play that’s seldom revived but worth reviving.

Toppman: Italian drama about a world traveler’s introspection has satisfying style but needed to be longer. Grade: B-

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