Arts

8:44am

Fri October 19, 2012
Monkey See

Morning Shots: 'Girls,' Jerks, 'Sugar Dome,' And Messing With Classics

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:51 pm

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I continue to be utterly fascinated by Ta-Nehisi Coates and his quest to learn French. "I now understand why two-year-olds are so frustrated," and other insights. [The Atlantic]

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5:37pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Around the Nation

To Shrink Rents, S.F. Considers Shrinking Apartments

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 8:32 pm

The development firm Panoramic Interests is building about two dozen "micro-apartments" in San Francisco. The company is poised to offer even smaller units if the city approves a proposed new minimum size of 220 square feet.
Artist's Rendering of Smartspace Unit Courtesy of Panoramic Interests

In many large cities, like Dallas, Phoenix and even parts of Chicago, $800 a month is enough for a clean one-bedroom apartment, decked out with a living room, washer and dryer — and maybe even a pool, in a larger complex.

But if you want to live alone in San Francisco, getting those amenities at that price is practically a pipe dream. With the region's resurgent high-tech industries luring many well-educated, well-paid workers to the Bay Area, the average rent for a studio apartment in the city now runs around $2,000.

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5:14pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Movie Reviews

Aging Gracefully By Sticking 'All Together'

Five friends decide to move in together as an alternative to retirement-home living in the French-language dramedy All Together.
Huma Rosentalski Kino Lorber

Like the characters in this year's indie feel-good The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel — British pensioners who decide to spend their autumn years living communally and on the cheap in India — the French seniors of the charming yet melancholy All Together face aging in a time of banking crises and austerity measures.

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5:03pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Movie Reviews

Some Things Are Better Left Un-'Said'

Best friends Bebe (Marcia DeBonis) and Dee Dee (Anne Heche) are New Yorkers with various issues surrounding sex and men.
Phase 4 Films

The road to hell is paved not just with good intentions, but with movies that attempt to capture the way women really talk. Bodacious confessions about illicit nights spent in all manner of threesomes; loud coffee-shop discussions about yeast infections; repeated fretting about that possible Mr. Right who, for some reason, just hasn't gotten around to calling — all of these things figure heavily in the generally preposterous girl talk that makes up That's What She Said. Elvis Costello sure had it right: There are some things you can't cover up with lipstick and powder.

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5:03pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Movie Reviews

'Nobody Walks' The Straight And Narrow Path

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 8:50 am

A married Hollywood sound man (John Krasinski) falls for his collaborator and house guest (Olivia Thirlby) in Nobody Walks, a messily mortifying study of emotional impulse.
Magnolia Pictures

October is normally a time for watching movies through your fingers, knowing something grim is about to happen. Ry Russo-Young's new film, Nobody Walks, is no exception — except that at a horror movie, you're guarding against images that are sure to be terrifying. In this intimate, quietly compelling indie drama, they're mortifying.

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5:03pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Movie Reviews

Tyler Perry Takes A Shot At Thriller Territory

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:17 pm

Cross, Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols) and Tommy Kane (Edward Burns) race against the clock to find the sociopathic assassin.
Sidney Baldwin Summit Entertainment

A vigilante with the heart of a social worker, the protagonist of Alex Cross wants to nurture and uplift — but also to make the sort of moves that delight a multiplex crowd.

He is, in short, Tyler Perry's alter ego.

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5:03pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Movie Reviews

Nothing 'Zero' About This Kung Fu Hero

Sammo Hung, the film's fight choreographer, has worked with kung fu artists like Jackie Chan and John Woo.
Okazaki Hirotake Variance Films

With its frisky camerawork, eclectic scenario and playful stylization, the Chinese period action romp Tai Chi Zero is an impressive package. That there's not much inside the glittery wrapping is just a minor drawback.

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5:03pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Movie Reviews

In 'Bestiare,' A Glimpse Into The Nature Of Looking

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 5:25 pm

Cote's placid pacing invites consideration of the monotony and simplicity that marks the lives of both the animals and the humans in the park.
KimStim Inc.

It's tempting to call Denis Cote's Bestiaire "contemplative." Its unscored 72 minutes of footage — of animals, caretakers and patrons at Quebec's Parc Safari — certainly leave a lot of room for thought.

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5:03pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Movie Reviews

Life, And Something Like Love, In An Iron Lung

Mark (John Hawkes), a disabled man who has spent most of his life in an iron lung, decides to lose his virginity to a sex surrogate, Cheryl (Helen Hunt).
Fox Searchlight

Disability biopics, especially the kind that bring audiences to their feet at Sundance, rarely have anywhere to carry us but on a linear journey from pity via empathy to tearful uplift.

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4:59pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Media

After 80 Years In Print, 'Newsweek' To Go All Digital

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 8:00 pm

Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of Newsweek, announced Thursday that the 80-year-old newsmagazine will publish its final print edition on Dec. 31 and shift to an all-digital format in early 2013.
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Newsweek editor Tina Brown announced Thursday she would embrace a fully digital future as she revealed that the magazine's final print edition would be published at the end of the year.

Her announcement was a bow to gravity, as her unique blend of buzz and brio proved incapable of counteracting Newsweek's plummeting circulation and advertising amid an accelerating news cycle. Brown said there would be an unspecified number of layoffs as well.

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