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‘Eyes of Tammy Faye’ tops full Lantern slate

Dan Webster

Above: Jessica Chastain plays the televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," which opens Friday. (Photo/Walt Disney Studios)

Note: This post was edited after a last-minute theatrical schedule change.

It’s not often that the Magic Lantern Theatre opens four movies at once. But that’s what’s on the schedule for Friday.

You’ll have your choice among the following films, which range in theme from bio-pic to male fantasy, offbeat comedy to Nicolas Cage thriller (which is its own kind of male fantasy):

“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”: Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield portray the televangelical couple Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker. Yes, that really is Chastain under all that makeup.

Kate Erbland, IndieWire: "For better or worse, we're on Tammy Faye's side, but the film often embraces the worst bits of a complicated story in order to make Tammy Faye look better. Why not make her look more real, makeup and all?"

“Cry Macho”: Even at 81, Clint Eastwood can still act and direct a film. This one has him overseeing himself playing a veteran rodeo star who bonds with the boy he has been tasked to bring back home. Shades of “Gran Torino.”

No advance reviews. Never a good sign.

“Prisoners of the Ghostland”: IMDb describes this film as, “A notorious criminal must break an evil curse in order to rescue an abducted girl who has mysteriously disappeared.” All you need to know in addition is the star: Nicolas Cage.

David Erlich, IndieWire: “ ‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’ might lose you during some of its less emotionally lucid moments, but even in the Hero's confusion Cage always seems to know where he is and what he's meant to do.”

"The Nowhere Inn": Existing somewhere between documentary and fantasy, this Bill Benz-directed film follows the performer Annie Clark (who goes by the stage name St. Vincent) who is the focus of a "documentary" being made by her good friend Carrie Brownstein.

Anthony Lane, The New Yorker: "As you’d imagine, the entire shebang is so naggingly self-referential, and so noisy with in-jokes, that it should, by rights, disappear up its own trombone. But there’s a saving grace: this is a funny movie."

So, there’s the lineup. Put on a mask and enjoy.

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