Joe Leydon

Review: 'Leading Ladies'

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How much mileage can a play get from a one-joke premise? Quite a bit, judging from the audience response at the world-premiere run of "Leading Ladies," at Houston's Alley Theater. Production of the…

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Review: 'Drum'

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"Drum" offers an intelligent and affecting take on political radicalization in 1950s Johannesburg.Taye Diggs gives a riveting performance as an apolitical black sportswriter who evolves into a…

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Review: 'The Dust Factory'

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Family auds seeking typical fantasy kidpic fare will be confused and disappointed by "The Dust Factory," a muddled metaphysical allegory that isn't nearly sunny enough to camouflage its darker…

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Review: 'Saint Ralph'

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Even though it sprints along a well-trod path through familiar territory, "Saint Ralph" remains compelling as it follows the misadventures of a young long-distance runner in Hamilton, Ontario during…

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Review: 'Autumn'

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In "Autumn," a coolly stylized drama of discontented killers and philosophical felons in a bluish-gray Paris, Ra'ap McGee pays homage to the kind of French crime thrillers that Jean-Pierre Melville…

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Review: 'On The Outs'

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Theatrical prospects are iffy, but "On the Outs" could leave an impression in fest and noncommercial venues. Gritty docu-style drama skillfully entwines stories of three young women drifting in and…

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Review: 'White Skin'

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"White Skin" is as colorless as its title suggests. Anemic thriller about Montreal grad student who discovers unfortunate secrets about his sickly girlfriend isn't sufficiently outrageous to click as…

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