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Toil and trouble dance at the Lantern


And, as usual, the Magic Lantern is the first area theater to finalize its Friday schedule. Aside from a second-run showing of "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" the Lantern will open:

"Suspiria": Italian-born director Luca Guadagnino remakes Giallo master Dario Argento's 1977 film about a bunch of witches running a dance academy. Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson star.

Here are some critical comments:

Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine: "Suspiria is a gorgeous, hideous, uncompromising film, and while it seeks to do many things, settling our minds about the brutality of the past and human nature is not one of them."

David Erlich, IndieWire: " 'Suspiria' is a film of rare and unfettered madness, and it leaves behind a scalding message that's written in pain and blood: The future will be a nightmare if we can't take responsibility for the past."

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: "Traditional horror fans won't be pleased: Almost transgressively, Guadagnino has deprioritized the shocks, even the fear. But in their place, he's pumped up the exotic strangeness and crafted a movie you can get lost in, which is the ultimate tribute."

Then again, there's this:

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: "As the first hour of 'Suspiria' grinds into the second and beyond (the movie runs 152 minutes), it grows ever more distended and yet more hollow."

Hey, you can't please everybody.

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