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‘Stoker’ couples fine acting with directorial flourishes

Hollywood Soapbox logoStoker is an unsettling and yet satisfying film from director Chan-wook Park. Starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Mia Wasikowska, the horror tale takes a few pages from the Tim Burton playbook and adds in some Alfred Hitchcock for good measure. Fans of suspense and original horror movies should be engaged for the 100-minute feature.

When the film opens, India (Wasikowska) is mourning the loss of her father and dealing with the presence of her strange mother, Evelyn (Kidman). They don’t like each other and obviously had a rivalry over the common man in their lives. Enter Charles Stoker, India’s uncle, who has arrived to help the family during this difficult time.

New Orleans musicians plan big concerts in coming months

Kermit Ruffins — Photo courtesy of Basin Street Records

Kermit Ruffins — Photo courtesy of Basin Street Records

Fans of the funk, jazz and blues emanating from New Orleans will be happy to note that many of the Crescent City’s best musicians are taking their talents around the United States in the coming months. Even with a busy touring schedule, they are offering plenty of dates in their hometown as well.