Critic’s Log — a BUSY Tuesday, with “Quartet,” “Stoker” and “Side Effects”

“Quartet” is the aging opera singer retirement home comedy by Dustin Hoffman, with Maggie Smith et al still hitting the high notes — if not as singers. Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins — Dustin put a lot of Brits and others to work. Americans? Not so much.

“Stoker” is causing a stir at Sundance, and stars Mia Wasikowska who becomes infatuated with the “Uncle” (Matthew Goode) who comes to stay with her and her mentally unhinged mother (Nicole Kidman) after her father dies.


And “Side Effects” is a four-handed thriller about the wife  (Rooney Mara) of a convict (Channing Tatum) whose prescription drug treatment (Jude Law is her doctor) has, um “Side Effects.” Medical ethics, drug dependency and the changing nature of oversight of physicians and drug companies are subtexts in this one, with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Polly Draper and Vinessa Shaw also in the cast.

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