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Penny Dreadful Review: “Closer Than Sisters” (Season 1, Episode 5)

8 June 2014 7:55 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This week, Penny Dreadful takes a step back from the main storyline to finally give us what we’ve all been waiting for – a proper explanation of the tangled relationships between Sir Malcolm, Vanessa and Mina (guest star Olivia Llewellyn). Sadly for viewers, that means no further development of the bizarre, romantic web being spun between Dorian, Ethan, Vanessa and Brona – for now. Still, Penny Dreadful doesn’t sag despite turning its focus back in time, which is a credit to John Logan’s writing and the strength of the performances.

On paper, it would be a somewhat risky move for a show as young as Penny Dreadful to drop all of its active plot threads for an entire episode to tell what amounts to an origin story. But then again, “Resurrection” did the same thing (to an admittedly lesser degree) while fleshing out the backstory for Caliban/Frankenstein’s Monster. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Film Review: ‘The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box’

9 January 2014 5:25 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The first film adapted from British author G.P. Taylor’s young-adult trilogy, “The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box” bears pretty much the same resemblance to the Harry Potter movies as Taylor’s books do to J.K. Rowling’s: a serviceable imitation that doesn’t approach the gold standard, but should pass the time tolerably for some of the same viewers until something more inspired comes along. This juvenile fantasy adventure set in the Victorian era, about the hunt for a magical thingamajig whose possessor “can own the world,” is competently mounted and cast, but doesn’t cast as much of a spell as intended. Nonetheless, home-format exposure could drum up enough wider interest (the books won’t presell the pic outside the U.K.) to justify a second installment already teased here in the fadeout.

It’s 1885, and genteel Mr. Mundi (Ioan Gruffudd) and Mrs. Mundi (Keeley Hawes »

- Dennis Harvey

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