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Friday’s openings redux: Quality at the Lantern

And this from the Magic Lantern Theatre: One new film is opening on Friday:

"Diane": Mary Kay Place stars as the title character, a woman who does good deeds … and who is hiding some painful memories from her past. Here are some critical comments:

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: "[A] naturalistic portrait of service and self-sacrifice by way of a quietly astonishing title performance by Mary Kay Place."

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times: "In the context of the modern multiplex, 'Diane' amounts to an act of cinematic bravery, not just in its choice of tough-sell material, but in the patience with which Jones tends it."

Owen Gleiberman, Variety: "The past hangs over 'Diane' not just as a burden or nostalgia (though it can be that too), but as an enthralling and entangling reminder of life's mystery."

As always, the Lantern offers movie fans something that challenges our expectations of what a movie should be.