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THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
May 22, 2014  | By David Bianculli

Starz!, 9:00 p.m. ET

 

The excellent new Showtime series Penny Dreadful, set in 1890s England and featuring a mashup of such characters as Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, owes something, at least in concept, to this 2005 action movie, based on a popular graphic novel. It, too, borrows several characters from classic literature and teams them up for an original tale of good vs. evil. Penny Dreadful is much better, but the comparison makes tonight’s telecast worth watching. There’s even a crossover of characters, with this movie, too, featuring its own Dorian Gray (played, in this case, by Stuart Townsend). Sean Connery, Peta Wilson (pictured, as Mina Harker) star.

 
 
 
 
 
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