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“Stoker”: A pervy American Gothic gets lost — and even weirder — in translation

“Stoker,” which plays something like a remake of “The Addams Family” mixed with “The Paperboy” -- but without the laughs of either – belongs in a special category of movie badness, or perhaps two different but overlapping categories. It’s a visually striking but fundamentally terrible film made by a good or (some would say) great director, and it’s also the latest entry in the “Zabriskie Point” collection, in which art-house-type filmmakers from overseas come to America with big dreams after smoking the crack of American cinema their whole lives, only to embarrass themselves with ridiculous clichés and go home.

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