Arts

12:27pm

Fri November 2, 2012
NPR Story

Past is Present in 'An Enemy Of The People'

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 1:40 pm

Although it was written in 1882, Henrik Ibsen's play An Enemy of the People still resonates today. Richard Thomas and Boyd Gaines, the stars of a new production of the play, join Ira Flatow to talk about the play's themes of power and truth, and the role of whistle-blowers.

6:27pm

Thu November 1, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Details': Dirty Doings In A Stepford Suburb

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 8:28 pm

Nealy and Jeff Lang (Elizabeth Banks and Tobey Maguire) struggle with infidelity, secrets, guilt and a raccoon problem in The Details.
Jan Cook Radius-TWC

The well-explored notion that something's rotten beneath the neighborly pleasantries and manicured lawns of suburbia has proved to be a durable one, if properly tweaked, updated or, in the case of The Details, taken literally and inflated to absurd, Lynchian heights.

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5:35pm

Thu November 1, 2012
Performing Arts

Broadway To Sandy: The Show Is Back On

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 6:42 pm

Superstorm Sandy starting hitting New York on Monday. By Wednesday, life had returned to the Time Square theater district.
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One of New York's biggest economic engines reopened on Wednesday after being dark in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Broadway brings in more than $1 billion in annual ticket sales and billions more in revenue from hotels, restaurants and other businesses in the Times Square area. But getting Broadway running, with much of the transportation system down, required some extreme measures.

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5:35pm

Thu November 1, 2012
Author Interviews

Reading 125 Titles A Year? That's 'One For The Books'

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 7:37 pm

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Joe Queenan reads so many books, it's amazing that he can also find time to write them. Queenan estimates he's read between 6,000 and 7,000 books total, at a rate of about 125 books a year — (or 100 in a "slow" year). "Some years I just went completely nuts," Queenan tells NPR's Robert Siegel. "A couple years ago I read about 250. I was trying to read a book every single day of the year but I kind of ran out of gas."

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5:07pm

Thu November 1, 2012
Movie Reviews

In 'The Bay,' A Plunge Into Suspense For Levinson

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 8:02 pm

The dog days of summer turn deadly in The Bay.
Roadside Attractions

For most of us, the enjoyment of horror movies depends on the sheer unlikeliness of their storylines. Knowing that the average swamp does not contain a slimy monster or that a nest of cannibals would have a hard time surviving in a depopulated desert — at some point, even mutants have to make a Wal-Mart run — is the cocoa that helps us sleep. And that's the challenge for The Bay: This astonishingly effective environmental nightmare is based on reasoning that, if you've been following the science, seems all too possible.

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5:03pm

Thu November 1, 2012
Movie Reviews

Amid Discord, A 'Quartet' Strives For Harmony

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 12:56 pm

Members of a famous string quartet (Mark Ivanir, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener) fight to stay together despite internal conflict.
RKO Pictures

It's rare these days to see an old-fashioned, elegant chamber-piece movie about life and art — let alone one with Christopher Walken as, of all things, a steadying influence.

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5:03pm

Thu November 1, 2012
Movie Reviews

Eyeliner, Lipstick And Finding Your 'Place'

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 7:46 pm

Aging musician Cheyenne (Sean Penn) and his wife, Jane (Frances McDormand), live a relatively normal life out of the spotlight.
The Weinstein Co.

A near-agoraphobic musician is an odd protagonist for a road movie, but then "odd" is the operative term for This Must Be the Place, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's first English-language film. This mashup of genres and themes doesn't entirely succeed, but it is warm, funny and ably crafted.

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5:03pm

Thu November 1, 2012
Movie Reviews

A Life And A Plane, In Free Fall From 20,000 Feet

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 7:21 pm

Airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) is hailed as a hero after averting disaster when his plane malfunctions — but as Flight goes on, it turns out he's anything but a shining example.
Robert Zuckerman Paramount Pictures

For Whip Whitaker, the commercial airline pilot played by Denzel Washington in Flight, daily life is about achieving a practiced but tenuous equilibrium between the professional he's required to be and the wreck he really is. As the opening scene reveals, it involves keeping his poisons in harmony: Peeling himself off a hotel bed after a wild night, Whip guzzles the stale swill from a quarter-full beer bottle, does a couple of lines of cocaine as a pick-me-up and strides confidently out the door in his uniform. This is the morning routine.

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5:03pm

Thu November 1, 2012
Movie Reviews

'Ralph': An 8-Bit Hero With Plenty Of Heart

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 12:15 am

Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) grows tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix Jr., the "good guy" star of their game, and sets off on a quest to prove he's got what it takes to be a hero.
Walt Disney Pictures

After a very long engagement that began with the original Toy Story, Disney finally made an honest woman out of Pixar in 2006, when it paid the requisite billions to move the computer animation giant into the Magic Kingdom. But Disney's spirited 2010 hit Tangled made it abundantly clear that Pixar had a say in the creative marriage: The story of Rapunzel may be standard Disney princess fare, but the whip-crack pacing and fractured-fairy tale wit felt unmistakably Pixar. From now on, it would seem, Mickey Mouse and Luxo Jr.

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5:03pm

Thu November 1, 2012
Movie Reviews

Battered But Not Broken, Vets Seek 'High Ground'

Spc. Steve Baskis goes on patrol in Iraq.
Steve Baskis

Mountain climbing asks a lot of its devotees. One should ideally be in top physical condition, with all senses at peak performance, and possessed of a quality that, if it's not best described as fearlessness, is at least a willingness to ignore the natural instinct not to dangle precariously above a drop of several thousand feet.

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