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Sia Furler seizes the spotlight

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SIA. Feels trapped in the delicate contradictions of pop-music stardom.

Sia Furler feels trapped in the delicate contradictions of pop-music stardom. The evocative voice behind David Guetta’s “Titanium”—who also happens to be the multifaceted songwriter behind Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Britney Spears’ “Perfume” and Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts”—wants her music heard, but isn’t interested in the popularity that inevitably comes with it.

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Better than the sum of its parts

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BERNARDO AND PADILLA. Evince growth in “She’s Dating The Gangster

The latest screen pairing of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, “She’s Dating The Gangster,” is weighed down by a shrill and too-eager-to-please beginning, but grows on you as it slowly finds its footing. The story that plays out onscreen is far from seamless, but the movie’s inspired sections make it greater than the sum of its disjointed parts.

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Novelty quickly overstays its welcome in ‘X Factor’ musical

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ERIVO (RIGHT). Expressive face and pristine pipes.

“The X Factor’s” ability to turn talented unknowns into full-fledged stars is undeniable—so, “I Can’t Sing: The X Factor Musical” (at the London Palladium), the West End musical comedy it inspired, was on top of our list during our theater-going trip to the United Kingdom last summer.

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Exciting but uneven lineup launches World Premieres fest

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TREGANT AND BARAHONA topbill “Adrift” and “Alpha,” respectively.

The World Premieres Film Festival launched its first edition last week with an exciting but uneven lineup. Our top picks: Reza Azamian’s period piece from Iran, “Romantic Nostalgia,” sees the world of young bride Fereshteh (Best Actress winner Mitra Hajjar) unfurl into confusing complexity when her husband, Manouchehr (Mohammad Reza Forutan), is called for military duty when Iraqi forces invade Iran.

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Hits and misses in Angeline Quinto’s latest collection

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QUINTO. Judiciousness serves her well.

Some viewers find Angeline Quinto’s candor disarming—after all, which other female singer is bold enough to admit that she’s waiting for her preferred romantic consort, in this case Erik Santos, to make their “consensual coupling” mutual and official?

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