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Magic Lantern to open ‘Beautiful Boy’

The jury's still out on exactly what movies are opening in this part of the world on Friday, but we do know this: "Beautiful Boy" is opening at the Magic Lantern.

"Beautiful Boy": Timothée Chalamet ("Call Me by Your Name") stars as a struggling drug addict whose ups and downs torture his family, especially his father (Steve Carell).

Having opened on a limited basis in mid-October, "Beautiful Boy" may also play at some area mainstream theaters, too. In any event, here are some critical comments:

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: "Chalamet now leaves no doubt that he's an actor of refined and profound gifts: His performance in "Beautiful Boy" helps elevate a boho-bourgeois melodrama to something that aspires to be more achingly real and human."

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times: "The detachment at work in 'Beautiful Boy' suggests an attempt to speak clearly and truthfully, to resist the clichés of the addiction drama while acknowledging that those clichés can hardly be rewritten."

Owen Gleiberman, Variety: "Every last thing the movie shows us about addiction, and the effect it can have upon those who are trying to save an addict from himself, is entirely authentic."

Still waiting on final word on what else will be opening. Stay tuned.