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Movie fashion, ‘Humans’ and monsters … oh my!

Dan Webster

Above: Lady Gaga and Adam Driver star in "House of Gucci," which opens on Thanksgiving. (Photo/United Artists)

I already wrote about “The Power of the Dog,” which began screening Tuesday at the Magic Lantern. But the Lantern is opening another movie on Friday titled, simply enough, “The Humans.”

Written and directed by Stephen Karam, and adapted from his own stage play, “The Humans” takes place in a single evening and involves a family gathering for Thanksgiving dinner. Soon enough, family secrets begin being revealed, with consequent intensity.

Jeannette Catsoulis, writing in the New York Times, says, “(H)ad I not seen the play, I may not have fully registered how ingeniously Karam has used the freedom of film to open up and underscore his already powerful material.”

Indiewire’s David Erlich wrote, “Karam takes to the genre like a serial killer to a summer camp, setting up jump-scares with a precision that could land him a gig directing the next ‘Insidious’ sequel if he's not careful.”

The Guardian’s Benjamin Lee wrote, “ ‘The Humans’ is going to haunt me and it's going to haunt you, too.”

In addition to the Lantern film, four movies are opening at the area’s mainstream theaters on Thursday:

“For the Love of Money” (AMC River Park Square only): To protect her children, a woman returns to the life she tried hard to escape.

No reviews available. Never a good sign.

“Encanto”: Disney’s latest animated effort tells the story of a Colombian family whose magical powers are missing in one single child, Mirabel. She, though, might hold the secret that ultimately could save everyone.

Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press wrote, “It's only appropriate that Encanto – fueled by eight original songs by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda – turns into that most special thing of all: A triumph in every category: art, songs and heart.”

“House of Gucci”: Lady Gaga stars as the real-life Patrizia Reggiani, wife of Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), who would let nothing – not even murder –stand in the way of her ruthless ambition.

Katie Walsh of Tribune News Service wrote, “Gaga delivers a bravura performance as Patrizia, an alchemical blend of sheer charisma, power of personality, undeniable magnetism, and most importantly, commitment to the bit.”

“Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City”: Another chapter in the “Resident Evil” franchise, this one involving another group that must fight to survive the detritus left by the Umbrella Corporation.

In one of the few positive reviews, The New York Post's Johnny Oleksinski wrote, “It's the first watchable entry in the series. For once, you don't envy the lucky people who get killed by zombies.”

That’s quite a varied lineup. Now go, see a movie. And enjoy.

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