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In The Dark Crime Thriller 'Old Stone,' A Taxi Driver Turns Amateur Detective

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:00pm

Writer-director Johnny Ma's mordant tale of a taxi driver forced to cover the health costs of a man he ran over "shifts from docudrama to "black-hearted thriller," says critic Mark Jenkins.

For Tattoo Artists, Race Is In the Mix When Ink Meets Skin

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:40am

Skin tone is only part of the challenge for an oft-tattooed customer who wants to see herself reflected in the "human canvases" of tattoo artists.

Ginger Rogers And The Case Of The Authorized Editions

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 6:00am

Before modern fan fiction, there were the Whitman Authorized Editions — a series of mystery novels from the 1940s and 50s that "starred" real movie stars, like Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney.

'A Poem For Peter' Recalls One Unforgettable 'Snowy Day'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:03am

In 1962, Peter — an African-American boy exploring his neighborhood after a snowstorm — broke the color barrier in mainstream children's publishing. A new book pays tribute to author Ezra Jack Keats.

A Jazz Pianist Considers Fidel Castro's Music Education Legacy

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 5:33pm

Harold Lopez-Nussa was trained in the formidable classical music education system set up in Cuba after the revolution. He's among the first of his class to get a deal with a U.S. record label.

'Incorporated' Imagines Dystopian Future Where Corporations Run The World

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:29pm

Incorporated is a new show on Syfy executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. It imagines a dystopian future where corporations run the world, not governments. If you work for a corporation, you live an upper-middle class life. If you don't, you live in a slum.

'Manchester By The Sea' Director Probes The Drama And Humor Of Grief

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 1:24pm

Kenneth Lonergan's new film is about a janitor, crippled by guilt and grief, who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother.

2 New Works Confront The Refugee Crisis With Empathy And Humanity

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 1:24pm

Critic John Powers discusses the Italian documentary, Fire at Sea, and the novel, These Are the Names. The works take very different — but nonetheless poignant — approaches to the refugee situation.

William Christenberry, Artist Whose Muse Was Rural Alabama, Dies At 80

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:00pm

The photographer, who also painted and sculpted, returned to the place of his youth every summer, chronicling the lives of old buildings and roadside businesses as they changed with age.

In 'ODY-C,' A Greek Hero Worthy Of Women

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 6:00am

Matt Fraction and Christian Ward's splendidly trippy, genderbent retelling of the Odyssey sets the story in space, as warlike Odyssia, "witchjack and wanderer" winds her way home to far Ithicaa.

In A First, Spain's Prado Museum Puts The Spotlight On A Woman Artist

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:47am

Clara Peeters, a 17th century Flemish painter, hid tiny self-portraits in her still life paintings. She wasn't a household name, then or now, and just 40 or so of her paintings have survived.

Stand Clear Of The Doors: TV Finally Gets On Board With Mass Transit

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:42am

TV doesn't have the best track record with public transportation; in the '90s and early 2000s, even shows set in New York rarely showed characters on the subway or bus. Now, that's starting to change.

A Giving History: Smithsonian Exhibit Showcases Americans' Charitable Acts

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 5:02pm

Visitors to the National Museum of American History can see artifacts like the bucket used to launch the ALS ice bucket challenge and how they played a role in charitable giving throughout history.

In The New 'Gilmore Girls,' Rory Gilmore Turns Out To Be A Bad Journalist

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:26pm

The beloved show Gilmore Girls returned to the screen last week. In a Netflix revival, the characters are facing new challenges, but one character has been seen as a disappointment: Rory Gilmore. Megan Garber of The Atlantic describes why.

LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones: 'I'm Well Aware How Fragile Life Is'

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 2:09pm

Jones became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination, and he lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He says, "There are some days when it is so painful that I really can barely function."

'Moonlight' Scored At The Gotham Awards, Which Is Why We Have Awards

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:30am

The ability of an initially low-profile film like Moonlight to soar at the Gotham Awards is one of the times when awards prove they don't have to just be cynical back-patting exercises.

'Searching For John Hughes,' And Finding Yourself

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 6:00am

Jason Diamond tried to write a biography of John Hughes, director of classic '80s teen movies, but along the way, the story became more about his search for Hughes than the elusive filmmaker himself.

Heart-Stopping Production Numbers Make Up For A Thin Plot In 'An American In Paris'

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 1:54pm

The new Broadway musical was inspired by the hit 1951 Hollywood musical starring Gene Kelly, with music by George Gershwin. Critic Lloyd Schwartz explains why he hopes a lot of people see the show.

Carrie Fisher Opens Up About 'Star Wars,' The Gold Bikini And Her On-Set Affair

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 1:42pm

In her new memoir, The Princess Diarist, Fisher looks back on playing Princess Leia when she was 19 and reflects on her romantic involvement with her older, married co-star, Harrison Ford.

The Czech Pastry That Took Texas By Storm, And Keeps Gaining Strength

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 9:07am

Kolaches have been a Lone Star staple for a long time, and some have even taken on a sausage-and-jalapeño twist. Now their popularity is expanding, with both big and small companies getting onboard.

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