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Kaling, Thompson carry ‘Late Night’ load

One addition to make to Friday's opening-movies list is a comedy that will play at both mainstream theaters and the Magic Lantern:

"Late Night": Mindy Kaling plays a new writer on TV star Emma Thompson's show whose task is to save a failing format. You know it's fiction because … well, you figure it out.

 Here are some critical comments:

A.O. Scott, New York Times: "Rather than scourging the complacency and hypocrisy of television, it subjects the medium to a vigorous exfoliating scrub in the name of feminism and inclusiveness."

Yolanda Machado, The Wrap: "Kaling qualifies as an expert at writing romantic comedies after five seasons of The Mindy Project. But the romance in Late Night isn't girl-meets-boy; it's girl-meets-career."

Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com: "An earnest and funny comedy, with very sharp teeth."

That seems to be the lot. So go, see a movie. And enjoy.