Arts

5:03pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Movie Reviews

A Rocker's 'Solo' Slide, Intimately Chronicled

Flying 'Solo': Robert Carlyle plays a burnout Britpop veteran drinking his way through a second career among the farmers markets of Southern California β€” until a DUI bust sends him into a tailspin.
Matthew Barnes Strand Releasing

Ungracefully aging rockers have long been stock figures of fun at the movies, with Bill Nighy topping the burnout charts in Love, Actually. Lately, though, a slew of former rock kings have enjoyed fresh renown via documentaries like Anvil, The Other F-Word and the upcoming Beware of Mr. Baker, many of which chart a Christ-like saga of meteoric rise, catastrophic fall and painfully slow resurrection. That's if their shot livers don't kill them first.

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5:03pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Movie Reviews

A Sturdy 'Collection' Of Horror's Goriest Tropes

Abby (Erin Way) becomes another player in the Collector's (Randall Archer) deadly game.
LD Entertainment

For those who had come to dread yet another installment of the Saw series and its ilk β€” not out of fear, but from boredom at the films' dull repetition of elaborate torture and murder methods β€” 2009's The Collector was a breath of if not fresh, then at least less stagnant air.

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5:03pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Movie Reviews

From A Rom-Com Director, A Subtle Kung Fu Flick

Donnie Yen stars as Liu Jinxi, a quiet mountain-village family man who turns out to have a complicated past, in Dragon.
Radius/The Weinstein Co.

The latest movie from versatile Hong Kong director Peter Ho-Sun Chan has been given not one but two generic titles: In China, it's Wu Xia, which means "martial hero" and is the overall term for kung fu films; in this country, it's called Dragon, which has similar connotations.

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5:03pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Movie Reviews

Brad Pitt, 'Killing Them Softly' (And With Style)

Brad Pitt's Jackie Cogan is a midlevel mob enforcer in Killing Them Softly, adapted by Andrew Dominik from the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade.
Melinda Sue Gordon The Weinstein Co.

George Higgins was a Boston-based crime novelist and former assistant U.S. attorney who wrote meaty, swaggering dialogue that seems tailor-made for the movies, though until now only one of his books had been made into one.

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12:42pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Movie Interviews

'Flight' Takes On Questions Of Accountability

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 3:21 pm

Denzel Washington stars in Flight, the latest film from writer-producer-director Robert Zemeckis.
Robert Zuckerman Paramount Pictures

Director, producer and screenwriter Robert Zemeckis is known for the Back to the Future films β€” which marked his arrival onto the Hollywood scene in the mid-1980s β€” as well as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Forrest Gump. His latest film, Flight, stars Denzel Washington as William "Whip" Whitaker, a heroic airline pilot with a dark secret.

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10:58am

Thu November 29, 2012

7:00am

Thu November 29, 2012
Best Books Of 2012

A Wintry Mix: Alan Cheuse Selects The Season's Best

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 11:50 pm

Nishant Choksi

It's that time of year again β€” the leaves have fallen, the dark comes early, the air brings with it a certain chill β€” and I've been piling up books on my reading table, books I've culled from the offerings of the past few months, which because of their essential lyric beauty and power stand as special gifts for you and yours.

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5:00am

Thu November 29, 2012
Movies

Leslie Caron: Dancing From WWII Paris To Hollywood

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 9:40 am

Leslie Caron starred in a 1953 production of La Belle au Bois Dormant, or Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Roland Petit. Caron trained with the Conservatoire de Paris before joining Petit's company, Les Ballets des Champs-ElysΓ©es.
Baron/Hulton Archive Getty Images

In the 1950s, the moviegoing world fell in love with a young French ballerina and actress named Leslie Caron. She brightened the silver screen in musical films like 1958's Gigi, where she played a young courtesan-in-training who befriends a rich, handsome suitor in 1900s Paris.

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3:07pm

Wed November 28, 2012
Movie Interviews

Marion Cotillard, Diving Deep In 'Rust And Bone'

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 5:47 pm

In Rust and Bone, Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard plays an orca trainer who loses her legs in a freak accident.
Sony Pictures Classics

The latest film for Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone, is a French art film about two broken individuals who find love at the edge of the sea. It's poetic, lyrical β€” and not necessarily playing at a theater near you.

That was not the case earlier this summer, when Cotillard appeared as one of the central characters in the blockbuster Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.

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12:56pm

Wed November 28, 2012
Monkey See

Top Ten Things I Am Not Going To Do During This 'Les Miserables' Screening

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 12:44 pm

Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables.
Universal Pictures

It's just about that time when members of the press begin to attend screenings of Les Miserables. I hereby vow to engage in none of the following conduct.

1. Throw crusts of bread at the screen and yell, "HEY, JEAN VALJEAN, ARE YOU HUNGRY?"

2. Do my imitation of Amanda Seyfried singing "There are so many questions and ah-nswers that somehow seem wrong," even though it's really funny and quite terrifying.

3. Refer to the short-haired Anne Hathaway as "Ruth Buzz-y."

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